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AWN Oscar Tour Travelogue

Blogs Day Two's Evening Screening with ASIFA-SF

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 3:56pm

SF’s Dolby Laboratories in Potrero Hill hosts tonights screening of the Oscar-nominated shorts for SF’s ASIFA chapter. As if I’d had any doubts that I was among serious animation fans, chapter president Karl Cohen’s next announcement, that the Balboa Theater will be screening some Gumby shorts in honor of the recently-deceased Art Clokey earns an audible gasp from the audience. This group loves animation, and lives animation.

Blogs More Day Two Travels: ILM in SF’s Historic Presidio

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 3:32pm

Film history is a subject near and dear to the heart of George Lucas, which was evident in every aspect of ILM’s headquarters. The lobby itself can keep a film buff entertained for hours, with an extensive library of Star Wars books and magazines, life-size replicas of Darth Vader and Boba Fett, and an incredibly cool life-size statue of legendary special effects artist Willis O’Brien posing a model King Kong atop the Empire State Building.

Blogs Oscar Showcase Tour 09 Academy Screenings Gallery

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 3:02pm

One of the highlights of the tour is always the public screening at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. This year the Academy not only hosted a night highlighting the shorts, but also the animated features. Check out the pics for both events.

Blogs Oscar Tour Comes to Close at DreamWorks

By Dan Sarto | Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 6:21pm

The Oscar Showcase tour came to an end on Friday with a visit to DreamWorks. The filmmakers were clearly tired from their long week and a half, but their excitement hasn't wavered. Ron invited Academy board member Rick Farmiloe to join us for the day to experience the tour with the filmmakers.

Blogs Another Sold Out Year at the Academy

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 5:41pm

The screening at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences is always an exciting event for the nominees. Sell out crowds are eager to see the films and are always very receptive. The screening is also a big press event with the nominees juggling interviews and photo ops with news outlets from around the world.

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