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Ben Burtt Speaks Out in Syracuse

New FILM TALKS SERIES premiers NOVEMBER 17 at Le Moyne College Performing Arts Center

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) …
Ben Burtt, Academy-award winning sound designer/filmmaker/editor/writer, grew up in Syracuse and graduated from Nottingham High School.

He is personally responsible for some of the most iconic sounds heard in films, such as R2-D2's beeps and whistles in the STAR WARS series and the light saber hum, which he created from a film projector idling, combined with feedback from a broken television set.

Burtt will bring his reputation (he earned four Oscars) and his experiences (he worked on four INDIANA JONES films, as well as ET, MUNICH, STAR TREK and WALL-E, among others and earned a degree in physics) to Syracuse and Le Moyne College’s W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. for the new series, Film Talks. Sponsored by Le Moyne College in collaboration with the Syracuse International Film Festival (SYRFILM), the series aims to give a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what inspires film artists.

“Film (or cinema) has become a part of our lives, from seeing film clips and trailers on television to watching movies in theaters and computers and experiencing video in galleries,” says Julie Grossman, professor of English and communication and film studies at Le Moyne College. “Films are educational tools in schools; they are entertainment at home; and they are increasingly a means of engaging the social and technological worlds around us.”

So now, you can hear from the artist/creators whose daily lives revolve around film. And you can have a look behind the camera! You can hear what impacts everyday choices and also impacts our thinking about our lives and the culture at large.

Don’t miss Film Talks at Le Moyne College, W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts, Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door: $10 each; $5 for faculty and seniors (free admission for SU and Le Moyne College students with ID). Parking is free. For more information: SYRFILM at 315-443-8826 or syrfilm.com

posted on: 11/8/2011