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Academy Museum and LAist Studios to Launch The Academy Museum Podcast

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and Southern California Public Radio’s
LAist Studios to Launch The Academy Museum Podcast,
a New Podcast Series Exploring the Impact, History, Art, and Artists of Cinema

Hosted by the Academy Museum’s Chief Artistic and Programming Officer, 
Jacqueline Stewart, the First Season, “And The Oscar® Goes To…,” 
Examines 10 Pivotal Academy Awards® Ceremonies


Los Angeles, CA, March 17, 2022 —The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is partnering with Southern California Public Radio’s LAist Studios to release The Academy Museum Podcast―a new multi-season audio series that examines the myriad stories of our cinematic history inspired by the museum’s galleries. Jacqueline Stewart, Chief Artistic and Programming Officer of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and a MacArthur Fellow, will host the series.

The inaugural season of this podcast, And the Oscar® Goes To…, premieres on Friday, March 25. This 10-episode season goes behind-the-scenes of touchstone Academy Awards® ceremonies, probing key social and cultural moments that impacted film artists as well as film fans over the years. Subsequent episodes will launch weekly.

Episodes include revelatory interviews and in-depth conversations with Oscar® winners, film artists, industry leaders, activists, journalists, and scholars, as well as archival audio and other exclusive content that will only be accessible through the podcast. Guests include Halle Berry, Scott Feinberg, Dave Karger, Gregory Nava, Kimberly Peirce, and Bruce Vilanch, among others. Listeners can find the series on the Academy Museum and KPCC websites, as well as on iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and other podcast platforms.

The Academy Museum Podcast will significantly expand the reach of the incredible exhibitions and programs that the museum is presenting both on our campus in Los Angeles and via our virtual programming. Our podcast will allow us to take deeper dives into the multitude of stories about how films are made, how the film industry has evolved, and the impact of cinema on our lives,” said Stewart.

“LAist Studios is thrilled to partner with the Academy Museum—the most spectacular new movie museum in the United States—to bring the stories of our hometown industry to our listeners,” said Herb Scannell, CEO and President of Southern California Public Radio. “The Academy Museum Podcast offers unprecedented access to iconic and important movie moments.”

The first episode for this season, “2002: This Door Has Been Opened,” revisits the historic night when Halle Berry became the first Black woman to win the Academy Award® for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Monster’s Ball (2001). Her emotional speech closed out a night that was marked by a celebration of Black excellence: Sidney Poitier received a lifetime achievement award and Denzel Washington won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in Training Day (2001). But while the night seemed to signal a historic shift, Berry now calls her historic win “one of my biggest heartbreaks.” Berry reveals to Stewart how the night felt from her perspective and the ways in which the win impacted her career.

Future episodes include:

  • “1940: Cinema’s Best Year?” ―This episode will explore the bevy of iconic films released in 1939—Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Wizard of Oz, Stagecoach, The Women, and more—and look at the double-edged experience of Hattie McDaniel on the night she became the first Black Oscar® winner for Gone with the Wind.
  • “1951: It’s Going to be a Bumpy Night” ―This ceremony celebrated two films that captured the complexities of show business and its impact on women: All About Eve and Sunset Boulevard.
  • “1953: Broadcasting the Oscars” ―The episode will look at the history of broadcasting the Oscars®, from radio to television, the rituals fans have created around the broadcast, and a discussion of the future of presenting the Academy Awards in the age of social media.
  • “1954: The Brave One(s)”This episode will examine the long history of blacklisting in Hollywood, looking at the treatment of writers including Walter Bernstein and the Academy‘s posthumous recognition of Dalton Trumbo in 1993.
  • “1973: Marlon Brando Cannot Accept This Very Generous Award” ―This episode will revisit the speech actor Sacheen Littlefeather delivered on Marlon Brando’s behalf to explore Native American representation in cinema and controversies about using the Oscars stage as a platform for activism.
  • “1999: For Your Consideration” ―This episode will look at how campaigning changed the Oscars game at the turn of the century and the long history of campaigning dating back to Louis B. Mayer.
  • “2000: Boys Don’t Cry” ―This episode will discuss LGBTQ+ representation in media, the complex issue of straight actors playing trans and gay characters, actors who come out, and actors who change gender identities.
  • “2015: Oscars So White” ―This episode will explore the evolution of this issue, the ways the Academy continues to respond, and what this meant for the show’s producers.
  • “2019: Muchas Gracias, Mexico” ―This episode will look at the success of Mexican film artists at the Oscars―Alfonso Cuarón, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Guillermo del Toro, and Emmanuel Lubezki and why US Latinx filmmakers and films are far less prevalent in the industry overall.


About the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

The Academy Museum is the largest museum in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking. The museum advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum’s campus contains the restored and revitalized historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—and a soaring spherical addition. Together, these buildings contain 50,000 square feet of exhibition spaces, two state-of-the-art theaters, the Shirley Temple Education Studio, and beautiful public spaces that are free and open to the public. These include: The Walt Disney Company Piazza and the Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby, which houses the Spielberg Family Gallery, Academy Museum Store, and Fanny’s restaurant and café. The Academy Museum exhibition galleries are open seven days a week, with hours Sunday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am to 8pm.

About Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) and LAist Studios

Southern California Public Radio (scpr.org) is a member-supported multi-platform public media organization that has garnered more than 500 journalistic honors since 1999. Recognized as a national leader in public service journalism and civic engagement, SCPR’s flagship radio station, 89.3 KPCC-FM, reaches more than 900,000 listeners every week as the most listened-to public radio news service across Southern California. The network’s five stations (89.3 KPCC-FM, 89.1 KUOR-FM, 90.3 KVLA-FM, 89.9 FM, and 89.5 KJAI-FM) deliver award-winning local news coverage to the diverse communities of the region, including a robust slate of signature programs from NPR, APM, the BBC and PRI. LAist (laist.com) is a digital news site committed to in-depth reporting about life in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Its award-winning work reaches over seven million people per month, and in 2019, the brand grew to include LAist Studios (laiststudios.com), a dedicated podcast development and production studio. Furthering SCPR’s commitment to premium on-demand audio storytelling, podcasts from LAist Studios aim to reflect the ethos of Los Angeles—a forward-looking, minority-majority community built upon unmatched diversity, inclusion, and drive—going beyond geographical borders to connect with listeners around the globe who share the LA state of mind.

(Press release courtesy of Academy Press Office)

Palm Springs International Film Festival – January 8

Posted by Larry Gleeson

TALKING PICTURES – Eyes on the Prize:
Foreign Language Oscar Directors in Discussion

Moderated by Scott Feinberg of the Hollywood Reporter.

feinberg_psiffSeemingly, more and more submissions are competing for the handful of spots in the Academy’s Best Film in a Foreign Language category. This year there were 89, of which 85 were accepted. In December that field was shortlisted to nine, and the final five nominees will be announced January 24th.
No audience anywhere will have the chance to see as many of these movies side by side as at PSIFF. Over the past three years PSIFF has been delighted to bring together a panel of international filmmakers whose work is being showcased in this forum, to talk about their art, international exposure, awards, audiences, and whatever else is top of mind at this time.
This year the scheduled guests are –
THE SALESMAN, Asghar Farhadi

Purchase tickets HERE.



Belgium/France/Luxembourg/Pakistan –
2016 – 98 minutes
Director: Stephan Streker
U.S. Premiere
A loving, close-knit Pakistani family living in Belgium is slowly torn apart when 18-year-old daughter Zahira (the mesmerizing Lina El Arabi) resists her parents’ decision to force her into an arranged marriage. Streker has fashioned a terrifically acted tale for our times.
Sun, Jan 8 – 8:00 PM – Palm Canyon
Mon, Jan 91:30 PM – Regal
Wed, Jan 1110:30 AM – Regal
Director, Stephan Streker is attending on January 8 & 9.
Purchase tickets HERE


Belgium/Netherlands/Bulgaria – 2016 – 94 minutes
Directors: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth
North American Premiere
This slyly satiric mockumentary follows the staid King Nicholas III of Belgium and his entourage as they are forced by a political crisis and a freak storm to flee Turkey in disguise and wend their way home through the Balkans.
Mon, Jan 93:30 PM – Regal
Wed, Jan 1110:00 AM – Mary Pickford
Director, Jessica Woodworth to attend on January 9.
Purchase tickets HERE


UK/Luxembourg – 2016 – 94 minutes
Director: Roger Mainwood
North American Premiere
An entertaining and heart-warming story about two ordinary people who fall in love in extraordinary times, this poignant animated feature provides a hilarious and touching tribute to author Raymond Briggs’ parents, and illustrates the immense social change that swept over the UK through the 20th century.
Mon, Jan 95:00 PM – Mary Pickford
Tue, Jan 1012:00 PM – Regal
Director, Roger Mainwood to attend.
Purchase tickets HERE


* A Four (4) night stay for up to 4 people in a luxury 3-bedroom Palm Springs vacation rental home during the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival. Winner will also receive the following:dream_vacation_psiff
* Opening -or- Closing Night Screening and Gala Reception – 4 Tickets
* Festival Screening Passes – 4 non-transferable passes, good for all regular screenings
Enter NOW through January 16, 2017
Must be at least 25 years of age to enter this contest.
No purchase necessary.
One entry per person; employees of PSIFF are not eligible.


UK – 2016 – 111 minutes
Director: Amma Asante
U.S. Premiere


Belle director Amma Asante returns with another stirring interracial love story, this time based on the 1948 marriage between Prince Seretse of Bechuanaland (now Botswana) and an English clerk. Their union affronts her parents and his, his subjects, her superiors and both governments, and jeopardizes British colonial rule in southern Africa.

Mon, Jan 97:00 PM – PSHS
Fri, Jan 134:00 PM – PSHS

Purchase tickets HERE


France/Senegal/Mali – 2016 – 95 minutes
Director: Daouda Coulibaly


The thrumming mean streets of Mali’s capital, Bamako, are the setting for writer/director Coulibaly’s gritty drama. A palpable urgency accompanies his take on the transformation of a lowly bus driver into a successful drug dealer headed for a fall… “Like a Malian riff on Brian De Palma’s Scarface.” Variety
Mon, Jan 97:30 PM – Regal
Sat, Jan 144:30 PM – Mary Pickford
Purchase tickets HERE

BONTA Restaurant & Bar


If you’re going to one of the great Festival films at the Mary Pickford (or even if you’re not) bonta-webour friend Chef Hector Salvatierra at Bonta Restaurant & Bar, is offering a special discount to those attending the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
10% off entire check includes all bar items and dinner menu!
Bonta is located at 68510 E Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 140, Cathedral City, CA 92234 (across the street from the Mary Pickford Theatres in the Desert Cinema building). Telephone: 760-832-6100.
Ticket and Pass holders need to show their pass or ticket they have purchased at any time during the Festival. Tickets will be honored throughout the festival dates, they expire at end of festival.
They will be serving lunch from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm, Happy hour from 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm, dinner from 4:00 pm. Cocktails $4.50, Wine $5.00. Martinis $5.50.
They will also have take-out lunch boxes:
Soup and Salad or soup and Sandwich combos
Our Famous Homemade Chips and Chef Hectors Famous Chili and Split Pea soup
Check out their full menu HERE.
Make sure to stop by and say hello to Chef Hector and enjoy his truly amazing food. Tell him Larry sent you for a special treat!


Please note the following schedule changes –
– The screening of UNA on Friday, January 13 at 8:00 pm has been moved
to the Regal Cinemas Palm Springs.
– The screening of THE UNKNOWN GIRL on Saturday, January 14 at 7:00 pm
has been moved to the Camelot Theatres at 8:30 pm.
– The screening of ELLE originally scheduled on Saturday, January 14 at 8:30 pm
has been changed to screen at the Camelot Theatres on Friday, January 13 at 8:00 pm. The film’s star, Isabelle Huppert will be in attendance
for a post-screening Talking Pictures.
All existing tickets will be honored at the new screening times/venues.