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"Raiders of the Lost Ark" Revives Adventure at the Academy

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a 30th anniversary digital screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” with a special onstage discussion featuring key members of the film’s crew, on Friday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Hosted by film historian and author Eric Lichtenfeld, the program will include Visual Effects Oscar® winner Bruce Nicholson; Sound Oscar winners Gregg Landaker and Steve Maslow; Richard L. Anderson and Ben Burtt, recipients of a Special Achievement Award for Sound Effects Editing; and the film’s Oscar-nominated producer, Frank Marshall. The pre-screening discussion will explore the role motion picture science and technology played in shaping the movie.

Shooting around the globe, director Steven Spielberg and his crew braved 130-degree temperatures and 6,000 live reptiles to create this adventure that celebrates – and transcends – the classic serials of the 1940s. Harrison Ford stars as archaeologist Indiana Jones, who must race against Nazi forces and a shadowy rival in a life-or-death quest to recover the lost Ark of the Covenant.

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” earned Academy Award® nominations for Cinematography, Directing, Original Score and Best Picture, and won for Art Direction, Film Editing, Sound and Visual Effects. It also received a Special Achievement for Sound Effects Editing (an Oscar statuette).

This screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” will premiere a new digital restoration and feature a Digital Cinema presentation courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

The event will be presented by the Academy’s Science and Technology Council as part of its “Prime Tech” screening series, which showcases Oscar-nominated and winning films that have been recognized in at least one technical category. The series features panel discussions that illuminate the art of filmmaking from a science and technology perspective, examining how technical elements can augment a film’s narrative capabilities and enrich the overall viewing experience.

Tickets to “Raiders of the Lost Ark” will be available for purchase beginning Wednesday, June 1. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased online at, at the Academy box office (8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or by mail. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at the 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.

For more information call (310) 247-3600 or visit

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

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