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Motion Picture Editors Guild to Celebrate 75 Years


The Motion Picture Editors Guild will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a gala affair at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, Oct. 6. Cocktails and hors d’ouvres begin at 5 p.m. with dancing and live music from Jazz Bliss.

The Society of Motion Picture Film Editors was formed May 20, 1937 with 571 members. Today, membership of the Local 700 is over 7,300 and includes additional postproduction professionals such as film/video lab technicians, re-recording mixers, maintenance engineers and story analysts.

Editors Guild president, Daniel Cahn, will serve as the night’s master of ceremonies. The look back at MPEG’s history will kick off with a video tribute to its growth and support of its members. Councilman Tom LaBonge of the Fourth Council District will present the Guild with a proclamation from the city of Los Angeles. Attendees of the celebration may participate in a silent auction featuring items from BOSE, Spago, LACMA, MOCA, Delta Airlines, The Hollywood Renaissance, the primetime comedy, Two and a Half Men, as well as many travel getaways. There will also be a raffle for an iPad. Additional sponsors include Avid, Assimilate, Directors Guild of America, American Cinema Editors, Local 600 Camera, CBS, NT Audio and Tribeca West.

Speakers include Mike Miller from the IATSE and Bob Beitcher from the Motion Picture Television Fund. Executive director of the Guild, Ron Kutak, will present editors Bill Elias and Diane Adler with awards for their lifetime commitment to the Guild. Elias and Adler have sat on the MPEG board of directors longer than any of their peers and have dedicated their lives to the prosperity of Guild.

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