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George Lucas to Keynote SIGGRAPH 2005

George Lucas will present the SIGGRAPH 2005 keynote address, "George Lucas: A Keynote Q&A with the Father of Digital Cinema," on Aug. 1 during the 32nd International Conference on Computer Graphics & Interactive Techniques, July 31 Aug. 4 in Los Angeles.

"Lucas' remarkable storytelling and cinematic technical achievements have awed and inspired the computer graphics community for more than 30 years," said James L. Mohler, SIGGRAPH 2005 Conference chair from Purdue University. "Drawing from his three decades of experience making movies, Lucas' insights promise to intrigue and engage conference attendees across all industries and interests."

Lucas, whose final STAR WARS film, EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH, opens May 19, told MTV at the VANITY FAIR Oscar party that he will next produce RED TAILS, about black fighter pilots during World War II.

Lucas serves as chairman of Lucasfilm Ltd., which includes Industrial Light & Magic, LucasArts, Lucas Licensing and Skywalker Sound. The companies relocate this summer to San Franciscos Presidio.

Lucas is also chairman of the board of the George Lucas Educational Foundation, and serves on the board of the Film Foundation and the USC School of Cinema-Television advisory board.

In 1992, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences honored Lucas with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, which is presented to "creative producers whose bodies of work reflect a consistently high quality of motion picture production."

More than 25,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents will gather at SIGGRAPH 2005 to showcase their best work to a multi-disciplinary international community. A comprehensive technical program and special events focusing on research, art, animation, games, interactivity and the web are planned.

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