The Palm Springs Cultural Center is pleased to announce that the Internationally-known film director, Randal Kleiser has been selected to be the recipient of the first annual Stanley Kramer Lifetime Achievement Award at the Stanley Kramer Film Festival, which debuts later this month at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs. Kleiser, whose first feature film, Grease (1978), launched his professional career as a Director, starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, and went on to became the most successful movie musical ever made. A Sing-Along version of Grease is currently touring the country. Mr. KLeiser’s other directorial film credits include The Blue Lagoon, Summer Lovers, Grandview, USA, Flight of the Navigator, Honey I Blew Up the Kid, White Fang, Getting It Right, Shadow of Doubt, Love Wrecked, Red Riding Hood, and It’s My Party.
Randal Kleiser wrote and produced the surfing classic North Shore for Universal Pictures, and, working in 70mm 3-D, he directed Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, which drew record crowds at the Disney Theme Parks in Anaheim, Orlando, Tokyo and Paris. His television movies include The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (also with John Travolta), the Emmy Award-winning The Gathering, and Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway.
In addition to his work as a writer, director and producer, Randal Kleiser has taught a graduate workshop at USC, and Masters Directing Classes for European students at film festivals in Deuville and Sarlat, and Malaga. He also serves as a judge on the Student Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. As chairman of the Academic Subcommittee for the Directors Guild of America, he inaugurated a videoconferencing program to connect film classes with working directors. Working with the Graphics Lab at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies, Kleiser co-invented a digital Cinerama-like process called Vistarama HD.
In recent years, Randal Kleiser has been working with his friend, George Lucas, to create The Nina Foch Project, an instructional video for aspiring actors, writers and filmmakers. Kleiser was heavily influenced by Nina Foch’s teachings during his time at USC and has maintained a relationship with Foch as his mentor throughout his career.
Randal Kleiser will be presented with the first annual Stanley Kramer Lifetime Achievement Award just before Saturday evening’s Fiftieth Anniversary screening of “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” a portion of which was filmed in and around Palm Springs.
Tickets and All Access passes for The Stanley Kramer Film Festival are available at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, and online.
To purchase tickets in-person, visit the Camelot Theatres Box Office (Open Daily, Call for Hours), 2300 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA, 92262, Box Office: 760-325-6565. For telephone orders, call: 888-718-4253, or order on-line at: Camelottickets.com
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