Screenings of In the Heat of the Night and Fiddler on the Roof

set for April 17-18

Los Angeles (March 18, 2009) — The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) and Film Independent are pleased to honor legendary filmmaker and CFC founder Norman Jewison with a two-night tribute, April 17-18 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Canadian Film Centre.

On Friday, April 17th at 7:30pm, Jewison and a panel of stars and filmmakers from some of his best-loved films will take part in a special 90 minute conversation, moderated by film journalist/critic Leonard Maltin, celebrating the award-winning director/producer’s illustrious career. The panel will be followed at 9:15 by a screening of Jewison’s Oscar-winning In the Heat of the Night, co-starring Best Actor-winner Rod Steiger and Sydney Poitier. On Saturday, April 18th at 7:30pm, LACMA will screen the Academy Archive print of Fiddler on the Roof, Jewison’s most ambitious production and commercially successful film, and the recipient of nine Academy Award nominations including Best Director and Best Picture.

“I am thrilled that the LACMA Film Department is the venue for this tribute to Norman Jewison who, over the past 3 decades, has directed some of the most entertaining and provocative films to emerge from Hollywood,” said Ian Birnie, Director, Film Department, LACMA. “Not only is he a great story teller and wonderful with actors, Jewison is a true artist who combines the craftmanship of big screen filmmaking with an optimistic and socially progressive sensibility. In a diverse filmmography numbering over twenty-five films - from In the Heat of the Night through Moonstruck to The Hurricane – there is scarcely a mean-spirited or cynical moment. “

Norman Jewison has been a vibrant force in the motion picture industry for four decades and is one of the industries most respected directors and producers. Mr. Jewison has been the recipient of many prestigious international honors and has been personally nominated for four Oscars. His films have received 46 nominations, 12 Academy Awards and he has also been nominated for three Best Director awards. In 1999, Jewison received the prestigious Irving Thalberg Award at the Academy Awards for his body of work.

Founded by Jewison, the Canadian Film Centre opened in 1988 and is akin to the American Film Institute. The CFC offers filmmakers’ the opportunity to hone their skills to a state-of-the-art level in a number of different disciplines including film, television and new media. Some of the more well-known alumni include Sarah Polley (director/writer, Away from Her), Don McKellar (writer, Blindness), Vincenzo Natalie (director, Splice, Cube), Holly Dale (director “Flashpoint”), and Stephen Williams, (co-exec producer/director, “Lost“).


CFC celebrates 20 years of launching Canada's most creative voices in film, television and new media to the world. As Canada's largest institution for advanced training in film, television and new media, CFC proudly has more than 1000 alumni working in Canada and abroad. A leader in the rapidly changing entertainment landscape, CFC is committed to promoting and investing in Canada's diverse talent and during this anniversary year will launch new programs that will continue to bring inspiring storytellers to the world. For more information please visit: cfccreates.com


Film Independent is a non-profit membership organization that champions independent film and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds the audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry. Anyone passionate about film can become a member, whether you are a filmmaker, film industry leader, or a film lover. With over 250 annual screenings and events, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry. Film Independent also offers free Filmmaker Labs for selected writers, directors, and producers; provides cut-rate services for filmmakers; and presents year-round networking opportunities. Film Independent’s mentorship and job placement program, Project:Involve, pairs emerging culturally-diverse filmmakers with film industry professionals. Film Independent produces the Los Angeles Film Festival, celebrating the best of American and international cinema, and the Spirit Awards, a celebration honoring films and filmmakers that embody independence and dare to challenge the status quo. For more information or to become a member, visit FilmIndependent.org


Since its inception in 1965, LACMA has been devoted to collecting works of art that span

both history and geography—and represent Los Angeles’ uniquely diverse population. Today, the museum features particularly strong collections of Asian, Latin American, European, and American art, as well as a new contemporary museum on its campus, BCAM. With this expanded space for contemporary art, innovative collaborations with artists, and an ongoing transformation project, LACMA is creating a truly modern lens through which to view its rich encyclopedic collection. For more information about LACMA and its programming, call 323 857-6000 or visit lacma.org.



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