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For further Information Contact:
Margot Gerber 323.461.9798
April 12, 1999
THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE ANNOUNCES THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE UNIVERSAL
STUDIOS HITCHCOCK INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORS SERIES
Featuring the Absolut New Filmmaker Showcase
Hollywood The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre announced today, the establishment of the annual Universal Studios Hitchcock
International Directors Series, which will premiere in July 1999. Acclaimed, contemporary directors from around the world, will appear in-person at the
Egyptian to present one of their films. Filmmakers representing Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Latin America and North America will be invited
to participate in this unique week-long series. Up-and-coming international directors work will be highlighted in the Absout New Filmmaker Showcase
portion of the series.
In making the announcement, American Cinematheque Director, Barbara Smith, said, "We are pleased to be able to collaborate with Universal Studios,
United Airlines and Absolut Vodka to honor the Alfred Hitchcock Centennial in a manner that truly embraces filmmaking globally. I cant think of a
better place to celebrate the best of international cinema, than at the historic 1922 Egyptian Theatre in the heart of Hollywood, the film capital
of the world.
Established in 1984, the American Cinematheque, is a non-profit, viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the
celebration of the Moving Picture in all its forms. The Cinematheque presents film and video programming which ranges from the classics and world
cinemas to the outer frontiers of the art form at the Egyptian Theatre. Exhibition of rare works, special prints within our series, etc., combined
with fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created the work, are a Cinematheque tradition that keep audiences coming back for
once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences. The American Cinematheque renovated and re-opened (on December 4, 1998), the historic 1922 Egyptian Theater on
Hollywood Boulevard as a permanent home. This is a state-of-the-art, 618-seat theatre housed within Sid Graumans first grand movie palace on
Hollywood Boulevard. The exotic courtyard is fully restored to its 1922 grandeur. The Egyptian was the home of the very first Hollywood movie
premiere in 1922.
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