Press Release: Movie Magic screening series
As promised, the Science and Technology Council is bringing to the big screen four very special films, in their entirety, each recognizable for special technological innovations made in motion pictures and highlighted at the Councils “Movie Magic: 180 Years of Cinema Technology” program in 2004 and “The History of Color” program in 2003.
The Rains Came
May 10, at 7:30 p.m., in the Samuel Goldwyn Theater
This screening will feature a newly restored 35mm print of the 1939 Academy Award® winner for Special Effects. Known for its spectacular monsoon and earthquake sequences, it won the first award given in this category, which was presented for both Sound and Visual Effects to E.H. Hanson and Fred Sersen.
May 24, at 7:30 p.m., in the Linwood Dunn Theater
This 1929 early sound film, starring Helen Morgan, marked the motion picture directorial debut of Russian-born Rouben Mamoulian. In the new era of the “talkie,” it was the first film ever to be made in a two-channel monophonic mix and is credited as a giant step forward in motion picture sound technique. The evening will commence with a completely restored Vitaphone short, The Gigolo Racket, also starring Morgan.
June 7, at 7:30 p.m., in the Samuel Goldwyn Theater
This state-of-the-1982-art science fiction/animation thriller will be presented in 70mm. In Tron, Disney Studios filmmakers embraced the use of the computer as a creative tool as it had never been used before, creating a surreal backdrop for this ground-breaking feature and forever changing the landscape for computer-generated imagery.
A Midsummer Nights Dream
June 21 at 7:30 p.m., in the Samuel Goldwyn Theater
Presented in conjunction with the Academys Tribute to Olivia de Havilland and the retrospective of her films at LACMA, the Science and Technology Council is pleased to include this visually stunning film as a part of Movie Magic, as it earned the 1935 Academy Award for Cinematography, presented to Hal Mohr.
Three of these screening will be held at the Academys Samuel Goldwyn Theater located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California. Free parking is provided in the parking garages located at 8920 and 9025 Wilshire Boulevard.
*The May 24th screening will be held at the Linwood Dunn Theater located at 1313 Vine Street, Hollywood, California. Free parking is available behind the building through the entrance on Homewood Avenue (one block north of Fountain Avenue).
Tickets for each individual screening in this event are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students, and will be available beginning May 1.
For additional program information, please call (310) 247-3600 or visit online Movie Magic series.
Press Release: Hollywood SabuCat Productions will try to top their highly successful World 3-D Film Expo of 2003 with World 3-D Film Expo II, this coming September 8 through September 17, 2006, at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. The 10 day festival will not only be highlighting the sold out shows of 2003 (such as House of Wax, Creature From the Black Lagoon, Robot Monster, The Glass Web and Dial M For Murder), but will also be showing EIGHT new Golden Era titles, most of which have never been seen in over 50 years in 3-D. In fact, two of the titles have never been shown in 3-D even in the 1950s! The Expo will be having the World 3-D premieres of Diamond Wizard (1954) and Jivaro (1954). Most of the other six new titles, Sangaree, Those Redheads From Seattle, Taza, Son of Cochise, Devils Canyon, Wings of the Hawk, and Cease Fire have not been seen in 3-D since their original release dates.
NONE of the films will be shown in the anaglyphic (red/blue) system; like Expo I,, all of the Golden Age features and shorts will be shown in 35mm and in double interlock Polaroid System, the original method (and still the very best method) for showing these films.
All told, 35 features and over 20 short subjects will unspool at the Expo. In addition to the various feature films, we will be premiering several 3-D short subjects, including the long lost cartoon, Popeye, Ace of Space, as well as Hawaiian Nights, Carnival in April, Owl and the Pussycat, and many others.
Other highlights of Expo II include:
* Opening night Gala, with food and wine, and showing TWO 3-D premieres: Those Redheads From Seattle and Taza, Son of Cochise.
* The World Polaroid projection premiere of Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006), with the director, Jeff Broadstreet, in attendance, as well as the stars of the film!
* World premiere of the fully restored, uncut, The Stewardesses (1971) will be shown on Saturday, September 9th, as a midnight screening. The star of the film, Christina Hart, will be making her first personal appearance for the film in 35 years!
* A special All Animation show, highlighting a dozen animated films from the Golden era of 3-D (and earlier!).
* Shows highlighting Russian and British 3-D short films, most of which have never been seen in the United States.
* Rarities, Part II: One of the key highlights of Expo I was Rarities; weve now discovered some more, amazing and historic stereoscopic imagery!
* Cease Fire is the only film (let alone a film in 3-D) ever shot at an actual war: The Korean War, in this case, using actual soldiers as actors. Some of those soldiers (and their families) are planning to attend; it will be the first time the film has been screened in 3-D in over 50 years.
* Paul Morrisseys Frankenstein (1974) will be screened in a brand new restored print!
* Even in the case of films that were run at Expo I, we will have a few new surprises. For example, Kiss Me Kate will be screened using the only surviving original dye-transfer (3-strip) Technicolor print still in existence. Charge at Feather River is a brand new restored print. And for the first time in over 50 years, many of the Golden Age films will screen in WIDE SCREEN, as they were meant to be seen.
Festival organizer Jeff Joseph says, Although Expo I was wildly successful, we swore we would never do one again but then, some film elements were discovered, some studios started to be very helpful, one thing led to anotherand here we are.
Detailed information about the festival, film schedule, and tickets can be found at: