June 11, 2012
A recent trend in journalism is to write about the death of film. Not film as a medium but as the method in which movies are created and screened for viewers. Digital is taking over, and 16mm, 35mm, 70mm, and the like are becoming distant memories of what was once standard practice at a movie theatre. Film is not dead, though, and The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is holding a rare 70mm film festival to celebrate some of the best, and in their own right epic, films that were made on the long forgotten 70mm format. There will even be rare showings of short films shot in 70mm as well. Running through the Summer the festival will feature six-films from the golden age of 70mm print filmmaking to be screened at the Academy's The Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. The details on the "Last 70mm Film Festival":
July 9, 2012
It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
The Miracle of Todd-AO (1956), a short film detailing the technological advancement of the Todd-AO wide-angle lens and the widescreen format as used in Around the World in 80 Days and Oklahoma!.
July 16, 2012
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot (1957), the longest continually running motion picture in American film history, which still runs daily in VistaVision at the twin Patriot Theatres in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.
July 23, 2012
Grand Prix (1966)
The March of Todd-AO (1959), follow-up to The Miracle of Todd-AO, featuring the technology as used in South Pacific.
July 30, 2012
The Sound of Music
August 6, 2012
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
To Be Alive! (1965), the Academy Award®-winning documentary short subject that shows the progression from childhood to adulthood in different cultures around the world.
August 13, 2012
From a new 70mm print.
A series pass for "The Last 70mm Film Festival" costs $20 for the general public and $15 for Academy members and students with valid ID, and is available to purchase online at oscars.org. Individual tickets will be available starting June 29th and cost $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with valid ID. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.