Hollywood, California (PRWEB) June 14, 2012
Bob Mackie, Oscar® nominated Costume Designer, and Michael Lonzo, Cinematographer and Historian, are the featured panelists for the Art Directors Guild (ADG) Film Society and The American Cinematheque’s screening of Ziegfeld Follies, the 1945 Hollywood musical comedy in vivid Technicolor, at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, June 17. The program, co-sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter, will explore the legacy of Impresario Florenz Ziegfeld vs. the myth that he became as a result of MGM’s fanciful interpretations.
This musical extravaganza features the work of all the top artisans and contract performers working at MGM at that time, and stars Fred Astaire, William Powell, Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly, and Esther Williams. The program’s prologue dedicated to the legacy of Florenz Ziegfeld and his designers begins at 5:30 pm; The Ziegfeld Follies screening begins at 6:00 pm. A panel discussion with Bob Mackie and Michael Lonzo will follow the screening. For Ziegfeld Follies images: Ziegfeld Follies. For ticket information: American Cinematheque.
“As 2012 heralds the Guild's 75th anniversary year, and in keeping with the great MGM tradition of "Make it Big! Make it Great! And Give it Class!" we have chosen this visually amazing film as our way of honoring the memory of some of our industry's finest artisans and performers,” says Production Designer and ADG President Thomas A. Walsh, who will be moderating the panel. "Ziegfeld was the great innovator of mammoth Broadway extravaganzas. He was brought to Hollywood to create even more spectacular cinematic versions of his legendary stage shows,” he adds.
Emmy® winner and Oscar® nominated Bob Mackie will discuss the design legacy of Florenz Ziegfeld’s Follies as well as the creative work of the film’s many costume designers and artisans. Award winning cinematographer, historian and film collector Michael Lonzo (“MGM: When the Lion Roars”) will spotlight the financial, technical, production and photographic challenges of MGM’s Ziegfeld Follies.
The 2012 ADG/American Cinematheque Screening Series schedule also includes Captain Blood (1935) honoring Oscar®-winning Art Director Anton Grot, Sunday, July 22 at the Egyptian Theatre; and Just Imagine (1930) honoring Stephen Goosson, Sunday, August 19, at the Aero Theatre.
Representing the ADG are Guild President Thomas A. Walsh and Film Society Founder John Muto. Working with them are the American Cinematheque’s Gwen Deglise and Grant Moninger. General admission: $11. American Cinematheque members: $7. Students/Seniors with valid ID: $9. All screenings start at 5:30 p.m. 24-hour information is available at 323-466-FILM (3456).
“The atmosphere at our screenings is very casual and the attendees who among them are film enthusiasts, students, and colleagues from the film industry bring their love of the film to the Q & A,” adds Tom Walsh, “which creates an atmosphere for some lively and entertaining discussions.”
NOTE TO MEDIA: Major media are invited to cover.
About the Art Directors Guild: The Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) represents nearly 2,000 members who work throughout the United States, Canada and the rest of the world in film, television and theater as Production Designers, Art Directors, and Assistant Art Directors; Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists; Illustrators and Matte Artists; and Set Designers and Model Makers. Established in 1937, ADG’s ongoing activities include a Film Society; an annual Awards Banquet, a creative/technology community (5D: The Future of Immersive Design) and Membership Directory; a bimonthly professional magazine (Perspective); and extensive technology-training programs, creative workshops and craft and art exhibitions. The Guild’s Online Directory/Website Resource:
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About American Cinematheque: Established in 1981, the American Cinematheque is a 501(c)(3) non-profit viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all of its forms. At the Egyptian Theatre, the Cinematheque presents daily film and video programming which ranges from the classics of American and international cinema to new independent films and digital work. Exhibition of rare works, special and rare prints, etc., combined with fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created the work, are a Cinematheque tradition that keep audiences coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences. The American Cinematheque renovated and reopened (on Dec. 4, 1998) the historic 1922 Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. This includes a state-of-the-art 616-seat theatre housed within Sid Grauman’s first grand movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard. The exotic courtyard is fully restored to its 1922 grandeur. The Egyptian was the home of the very first Hollywood movie premiere in 1922. In January 2005, the American Cinematheque expanded its programming to the 1940 Aero Theatre on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. For more information about American Cinematheque, visit the website:American Cinematheque. Follow the American Cinematheque on Twitter @sidgrauman and Facebook (Egyptian Theatre, Aero Theatre).