The Academy will highlight the art of film music with three programs in August: the West Coast restoration premiere of King of Jazz, a tribute screening of Purple Rain with members of the cast and crew, and a live concert celebration of The Black Movie Soundtrack, featuring Oscar-winning recording artist Common and guests. The events will take place at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills and at the Hollywood Bowl.
The schedule is as follows:
KING OF JAZZ (1930) – West Coast restoration premiere
Wednesday, August 17 – 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater
Hosted by Academy governor and Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino and animation director David Silverman.
Restored to its original length and two-color Technicolor glory, King of Jazz is a revue with songs, sketches and production numbers built around American bandleader, composer and orchestral director Paul Whiteman. Earning an Oscar for Art Direction, it was filmed entirely in early two-color Technicolor, and features the first-ever Technicolor animation by Walter Lantz.
PURPLE RAIN (1984) – Brand new 35mm optical stereo print
Monday, August 29 – 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater
With director Albert Magnoli, actor Jerome Benton, producer Robert Cavallo, and costume designer Marie France, and moderated by Academy governor Reginald Hudlin.
The Academy celebrates the life and legacy of Prince with a screening of Purple Rain in 35mm. Purple Rain grossed almost $70 million at the box office, sold over 20 million copies of the soundtrack, won an Oscar for Original Song Score and helped turn Prince into the sensation he remains today.
THE BLACK MOVIE SOUNDTRACK II – Co-presented with the Hollywood Bowl
Wednesday, August 31 – 8 p.m. at the Hollywood Bowl
Hosted by Craig Robinson, with performances by Marcus Miller, Common, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, andRalph Johnson of Earth Wind and Fire, Full Force, Alice Smith and Charlie Wilson.
Grammy winner Marcus Miller and this past year’s Oscar telecast producer Reginald Hudlin reprise the Bowl’s 2014 Black Movie Soundtrack event with new clips and some funky favorites. Actor and comedian Craig Robinson will host this soulful celebration of black cinema classics, featuring live performances by a slate of music stars.