The Academy Focuses A "Spotlight On Crafts: Music & Sound" In New York City

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present "Spotlight on Crafts: Music & Sound," a spring and summer series illuminating the art of sound for motion pictures and the significant influence it has in film.

Music & Sound Series to Feature Special Screening of "The Adventures of Robin Hood," An Evening with Lee Dichter & Tom Fleischman, a Hip-Hop Film Retrospective and Panel Discussion with Veteran Sound Artists. The series will begin on May 20 at various venues in New York City and include onstage conversations and screenings of acclaimed films.

Screening information as follows:


Saturday, May 20 - Film Forum, 209 W. Houston Street in New York City

Co-presented by Film Forum, featuring special guests Ben Burtt & Craig Barron

Join Oscar®-winning visual effects supervisor Craig Barron and Oscar-winning sound designer Ben Burtt as they deconstruct the extraordinary artistry behind "The Adventures of Robin Hood," with a special emphasis on matte painting and sound effects, including a recreation of the archery tests that went into finding that just right "zing" sound.


Tuesday, May 23 - MoMA, 11 West 53rd Street in New York City

Hosted by Supervising ADR Editor Deborah Wallach

Join re-recording mixers Lee Dichter and Oscar-winner Tom Fleischman for a discussion about their combined 90 years in the sound business. The two will share stories from their most challenging films and talk about the process that gave these films their final sound design. The conversation will be moderated by film journalist Joe Neumaier and feature clips from their respective filmographies.


Tuesday, June 6, 13, 20 & 27 - SVA Theater, 333 W. 23rd Street in New York City

Co-presented by Martha Diaz of the Hip-Hop Education Center

"Made You Look" traces the 35- year rise of hip-hop culture in film and hip hop’s media presence from its independent roots to the global force it is today. "Made You Look" is guest curated by hip-hop scholar and archivist Martha Diaz, who has selected one movie to represent each decade, showing the evolution of hip-hop's image and narrative from that period. Diaz will contextualize each film with a 10-minute introduction and moderate a post-screening discussion with special guest speakers.

Films in the series include:

Tuesday, June 6 - 1980s – "Wild Style" directed by Charlie Ahearn. Post-screening Q&A with Ahearn.

Tuesday, June 13 - 1990s – "Menace II Society" directed by The Hughes Brothers.

Tuesday, June 20 - 2000s – "8 Mile" directed by Curtis Hanson.

Tuesday, June 27 - 2010s – "Nas: Time Is Illmatic" "Nas: Time Is Illmatic" directed by One9. Post-screening Q&A with One9 and writer Erik Parker.


Thursday, June 15 - MoMA, 11 West 53rd Street in New York City

Come see (and hear!) how an accomplished team of veteran artists use multiple layers of sound to enhance the mood of a film, serve the director's vision and seamlessly drive the story forward. Panelists will show rough scenes from films they have worked on and illustrate how the final sound design was conceived and created. Learn about the demands of the job with anecdotes from the panelists.

Special guests: Philip Stockton (supervising sound editor and dialogue editor), Eugene Gearty (supervising sound editor and effects designer), Paul Hsu (supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer), Suzana Peric (music editor), and Deborah Wallach (supervising ADR editor). Moderated by film journalist Joe Neumaier.

For more information and to purchase tickets for "Spotlight on Crafts: Music & Sound," visit

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 7,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.



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