Arts + Culture

Oscar-winner Curtis Hanson named chairman of UCLA Film and Television Archive


Editor’s note: This piece was originally published on March 16, 1999.

Robert Rosen, dean of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, has announced that director Curtis Hanson has been appointed the first chairman of the UCLA Film and Television Archive. In this capacity, Hanson will play a major role in overseeing a newly created board of media artists and professionals that will advise the Archive Director on creative issues. He will also serve as a public spokesperson for the Archive’s activities in film preservation, research and exhibition, and will participate in planning film screenings.

“Our dream is for the Archive to be viewed as the home away from home for the creative artists in our community,”said Rosen. “I can think of no one better suited to achieve this goal than Curtis, who has been a writer about film, a screenwriter, a director and a producer-and whose vast knowledge of cinema’s past is matched only by his commitment to its future.”

From location in Pittsburgh, where he is currently shooting “Wonder Boys,” starring Michael Douglas, Hanson said: “Over the years I’ve enjoyed many memorable movie-going experiences at UCLA courtesy of the Archive. It is an honor and a thrill to now have the opportunity to contribute to this outstanding organization that is leading the way in film preservation and exhibition.”

In May, Hanson will host a new series entitled “The Movie That Inspired Me,” in which leading artists from all fields of filmmaking will present the film that most influenced their creative lives and careers.The series will take place at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater.

Curtis Hanson’s last film, “L.A. Confidential,” received nine Academy Award nominations. Hanson was a triple nominee for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay (Adaptation), for which he and co-screenwriter Brian Helgeland won the Oscar. Additionally, “L.A. Confidential” was the first film ever to be awarded Best Picture and Best Director from every major critics’ organization. Hanson’s other directing credits include “The River Wild,” “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle,” “Bad Influence,” and “The Bedroom Window,” for which he also wrote the screenplay. His screenwriting credits include “The Silent Partner,” “Never Cry Wolf,” and “White Dog.”

The UCLA Film and Television Archive ranks as one of the leading moving image archives in the world, both for the value of its collections and the excellence of its programs. It is internationally acclaimed for its painstaking work in film preservation, and has led the archival field in such areas as color, tinting, and sound restoration. It is known nationally for its commitment to facilitating research and study, including the access services it provides to students and scholars and the development of special educational products. It is also known as the leading center in Southern California for the public exhibition of archival and international films.


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