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Academy Museum unveils opening programming for September 30

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has revealed its inaugural programming, including screenings and lectures, for its opening on September 30, 2021.

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The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will debut with various film screenings, conversations and lectures, and programmes.

“We have been hard at work preparing the Academy Museum and are ready to welcome visitors first virtually and then in person in September,” said Jacqueline Stewart, chief artistic and programming officer at the Academy Museum.

“The programs we are rolling out for our opening are dynamic, diverse, and deeply grounded in the history and artistry of filmmaking.”

Film screenings will be held in the museum’s 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater and 288-seat Ted Mann Theater. The two theaters boast state-of-the-art sound and projection.

Film screenings at Academy Museum

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The museum will host exhibition-inspired film series, including the work of Hayao Miyazaki. There will also be ‘Oscar Sundays’ and ‘Shorts in the Geffen’.

Additional series include retrospectives, ‘Filmmakers’ Inspiration’, and ‘Preservation Spotlights’, which showcase recently preserved films from across the globe.

“When we open, our programs will also come to life in our theaters and in our public spaces to deepen the visitor experience,” said Bill Kramer, director and president of the Academy Museum.

“Our screenings, panels, symposia, and educational programs are key components of how our visitors will interact with the museum and learn about filmmaking.”

The Academy Museum will present conversations, panels and lectures in its theaters, which celebrate film artists and movie history. These include ‘Impact/Reflection’ and ‘The Arts and Sciences of Cinema’.

Academy Museum opens September 30

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‘Object Acquisitions’ explores the journey of the last surviving shark model from Jaws (1975) and the ruby red slippers from The Wizard of Oz (1939).

There will be conversations linked to the museum’s opening exhibition on Hayao Miyazaki, which will look at the themes of his films, including environmentalism, culture and spirituality.

In addition, the museum will feature education programmes in the exhibition galleries and Shirley Temple Eduction Studio.

Visitors will enjoy themed, interactive guided tours, which explore the core collection, exhibitions, art installations and architectural design of the Academy Museum.

Earlier this week, the Academy Museum unveiled plans for its opening gala, which begins on September 25 ahead of the public opening on September 30.

Images: The Academy Museum

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