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Last modified: Monday, March 19, 2012

Chuck Workman, the man behind Academy Awards opening sequences, will visit IU Cinema

March 19, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Even if you've never heard his name, you've likely seen his work.

In his 35-year career as a director, writer and producer, Chuck Workman has created award-winning short films as well as opening sequences for a dozen Academy Award presentations and Emmy Award shows. If that isn't enough, he's also the man behind trailers for such silver screen classics as "Star Wars," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "American Graffiti."

Workman will give a Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture at 3 p.m. Friday, March 23, at IU Cinema. The free lecture series is made possible through the support of the Ove W Jorgensen Foundation.

IU Cinema director Jon Vickers said Workman's work has a more personal connection to the cinema, as his Academy Award-winning film "Precious Images" was incorporated into the cinema's dedication ceremony. Made for the Directors Guild of America, the theatrical short is one of five of Workman's films in the Museum of Modern Art. IU Cinema also has permission to use the film for tours and promotional purposes -- an honor granted to only one other venue in the United States, the New York City-based Museum of the Moving Image.

"We are very proud to have Academy Award winner Chuck Workman visit campus," Vickers said. "A director and producer, he is best known for his editing, creating some of the most engaging montages put to screen. His lecture and discussions with our audiences will present a perspective not yet seen at the cinema."

Workman will also be present for screenings of several of his films: a "Shorts Program" (6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22) that spans his career and includes a premiere of "The Possibilities," his newest work; "The Source" (9:30 p.m. Thursday), a documentary about the Beat Generation and its impact on society; "Superstar" (6:30 p.m. Friday, March 23), a feature-length documentary about Andy Warhol; and "Visionaries" (9:30 p.m. Friday), which tells the history of American art cinema from the 1920s to the present.

A former faculty member at the University of Southern California's film school, Workman also lectures on filmmaking at many major media arts centers.

Want to go?
Workman's lecture is free, while the film screenings are free but ticketed for students and $3 for members of the general public. Tickets can be obtained at the IU Auditorium Box Office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 30 minutes before each screening at IU Cinema. Tickets can be purchased online, but fees apply.

About IU Cinema
Indiana University Cinema is a world-class facility and program dedicated to the scholarly study and highest standards of exhibition of film in its traditional and modern forms. For more information on the facility or programs, call 812-856-2503 or visit