Apocalypse Now

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First show: December 19

apocalypse-now-still-9clip_image003_0000On Friday, December 19, the film will be preceded by a conversation with Academy Award Winning Sound Designers Richard Beggs and Walter Murch (also nominated as editor) moderated by Jim McKee.

This event is part of “A Coppola Family Affair” ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE ROXIE!

In the estimation of many, it is one of the greatest films ever made. Legends have grown up around it. At the 1979 Cannes press conference, the filmmaker famously announced “My film is not about Vietnam. My film is Vietnam.” Apocalypse Now adapts the Joseph Conrad novella Heart of Darkness to depict the war as a descent into primal madness. Capt. Willard (Martin Sheen), already on the edge, is assigned to find and deal with AWOL Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando), rumored to have set himself up in the Cambodian jungle as a local, lethal god. Apocalypse Now became a substantial hit and was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Duvall’s psychotic Kilgore, and Best Screenplay. It won Oscars for sound and cinematography.”A film of pure sensation, dazzling audiences with light and noise, laying bare the stark horror – and unimaginable thrill – of combat.”- Tom Huddleston, Time Out . – WUD Film. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola & John Milius. Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro. Editor: Walter Murch. Sound Designers: Richard Beggs, Walter Murch, Mark Berger  and Nathan Boxer. With Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Laurence Fishburne, Dennis Hopper, Harrison Ford & Scott Glenn.

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. 153 min.  1979. U.S.A.

 

About Richard Beggs

Richard Beggs, sound designer and re-recording mixer, has worked in his career with directors like Francis Coppola, Ivan Reitman, Mel Brooks, Barry Levinson, Kathryn Bigelow, Sofia Coppola, and Alfonso Cuarón, among others.

He won an Academy Award for Best Sound for Apocalypse Now (1979) and has received many Golden Reel Award nominations as sound designer and mixer for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), Children of Men (2006).

Beggs teaches film sound at the California College of the Arts, he is an associate fellow of Berkeley College at Yale University, and sits on the board of directors of the San Francisco Arts Education Project.

Trained as a painter, Beggs received a B.F.A from the San Francisco Art Institute and an M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts. He exhibited at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and at Oakland Museum of California. A native San Franciscan (1942), Beggs has his sound studio at the San Francisco Film Centre in the Presidio of San Francisco.

About Walter Murch

Walter Murch has been editing sound in Hollywood since starting on Francis Ford Coppola’s film The Rain People (1969). He edited sound on American Graffiti (1973) and The Godfather: Part II (1974), won his first Academy Award nomination for The Conversation (1974), won his first Oscar for Apocalypse Now (1979), and won an unprecedented double Oscar for sound and film editing for his work on The English Patient (1996). He helped reconstruct Touch of Evil (1958) to Orson Welles’ original notes, and edited The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999). Mr. Murch was, along with George Lucas and Francis Coppola, a founding member of northern California cinema. Mr. Murch has directed — Return to Oz (1985) — and longs to do so again, but as an editor and sound man he is one of the few universally acknowledged masters in his field. For his work on the film “Apocolypse Now”, Walter coined the term “Sound Designer”, and along with colleagues such as Ben Burtt, helped to elevate the art and impact of film sound to a new level.

About Jim McKee

Sound designer, composer, engineer and technical producer, Jim works in collaboration with playwrights, radio producers, filmmakers, performance artists and product designers. His experience includes mixing and sound design for stage, dance, feature films, national broadcast television, radio, commercial and drama, research and production for interactive media.  Most recent works for radio include Ferlinghetti; Open Eye, Open Mind with Bay Area Drama Drama, and the Kitchen Sisters The Hidden World of Girls for NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. For video; Chrysopylae an installation by Doug Hall with cellist Joan Jeanrenaud, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Goldn Gate Bridge, Lou Harrison: A World of Music by Eva Soltes, Venice Under Water by Chip Lord, and 1 Plus 1 Plus 1 – Sympathy for the Decay by Ilppo Pohjola in cluding a live performance with Pekka Lappi. Recent feature films include Roman Coppola’s A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, and Hog’s Tooth by Olek Lyzwanski. Interactive work includes sonicification of Facebook and a six screen and speaker App, Walk-In Theater for iPad by Rachel Strickland and Eric Gould Bear.

 

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