The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) Film Society’s 2019 Screening Series will present the Oscar-winning classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and pay tribute to its Oscar-nominated Production Designer Joe Alves, ADG, at the Egyptian Theatre on Sunday, June 23 at 5:30 pm. Following the screening, Mr. Alves will explore the making of Close Encounters and behind-the-scenes challenges including creating the massive alien ships, moderated by Thomas A. Walsh, ADG, Production Designer and ADG Film Society Co-chair. The annual 2019 Screening Series “Production Design: Designers On Design,” highlighting the work of renowned Production Designers and their creative collaborations, is in association with American Cinematheque.
Ray Bradbury declared Close Encounters of the Third Kind as the greatest science fiction film ever made, and it remains one of Joe Alves’ seminal works. Alves is an innovator and advocate for in-camera and visual effects solutions. His 64-year career transverses analog-to-digital filmmaking. His design leadership on Close Encounters and Jaws are both analog examples of mastering the challenges inherent in pre-digital filmmaking.
Representing the Art Directors Guild are John Muto ADG, Film Society Founder and Chair; Thomas A. Walsh ADG Film Society Co-Chair, John Iacovelli ADG, and Debbie Patton, ADG Director of Awards and Events. Working with them are the American Cinematheque’s Gwen Deglise and Margot Gerber.
For more information about the ADG Film Series www.adg.org