Photo Flash: Poitier & More at UCLA Film & TV Archive Film Series
"Champion: The Stanley Kramer Centennial," a film series presented by the UCLA Film & Television Archive continues at the Billy Wilder Theater in Los Angeles, CA through September 29, 2013, on what would have been the late legendary award-winning filmmaker, Stanley Kramer's actual Centennial birthday.
Upcoming screenings in the film series include: So This is New York and Cyrano De Bergerac (August 22nd) with Garry Marshall and Fred Willard in person; Champion andThe Men (August 23rd) with Richard Erdman and Sally Kellerman in person; Pressure Point and Bless The Beasts and Children (September 20th) with Tippi Hedren, Bill Mumy and Marc Vahanian in person; Ship of Fools (September 21st) with Barbara Luna and KAREN SHARPE KRAMER in person; On The Beach (September 27th) with Donna Anderson, Ed Begley, Jr. and Pete Hammond in person; and The Secret of Santa Vittoria with Lainie Kazan in person and High Noon (September 29th) with KAREN SHARPE KRAMER in person. All screening times are at 7:30 p.m. in the Billy Wilder Theater, except for September 29th when The Secret of Santa Vittoria will screen at 3:00 p.m. and High Noon will screen at 7:00 p.m.
The film series, "Champion: The Stanley Kramer Centennial" kicked-off with a star-studded Opening Night on August 9th with the World Premiere screening of Stanley Kramer's film, Death of a Salesman, based on Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name. The restoration of the film was made possible through the generosity of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation, which was overseen by Grover Crisp of SONY. Members of Stanley Kramer's family, including his wife, the Golden Globe Award-winning and Emmy Award-nominated actress, KAREN SHARPE KRAMER and one of the Kramer's daughters, Katharine "Kat" Kramer, as well as members of Arthur Miller's family, including his grandson Zach Miller, and his wife, Andrea Miller, were in attendance along with many celebrity and VIPS guests, many of whom, appeared in some of Stanley Kramer's 35 films.
Other Celebrities and VIPs in attendance at the Opening Night on August 9th included: Jennifer Ahn, Donna Anderson, George Barris, Cara Williams Barrymore, Paul Belsito and Steven Roche, Philip and Ruth Berk, Theodore Bikel, Dan Bucatinsky, George Chakiris, Barrie Chase, Mimi Cozzens, Grover Crisp and Janice Simpson, James Curtis, Ken and Ellen Davitian, Rona Edwards, Harrison Engle, Richard Erdman, Stan and Hunter Freeberg, Jeff Garlin, Gregory P. Goeckner, Louis Gossett Jr., Pete Hammond, Jan-Christopher Horak, Marsha Hunt, Anne Jeffreys and Emphry Cooper, Geri Jewell, Marvin Kaplan, Shannon Kelley, Larry King (special guest who introduced the program), Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Piper Laurie and Foster Hirsch, Judi Levine and Ben Lewin, Mother Love Kennedy Rogers, Barbara Luna, Shelley Markham, Andrea Marcovicci, Kate McCarthy, Ajay Mehta, Bill and Eileen Mumy, Stuart Nash, France Nyugen, Rick Overton, Marvin Paige and Francine York, Dr. Lawrence D. Piro and Judy Piro, Sidney Poitier, Mickey, Marc and Charlene Rooney, Mark Rydell and Beege Barkette, Nancy Dunn Schoenfeld and Wayne Schoenfeld, Dean Teri Schwartz, John Herman Shaner and Madelyn Shaner, Gary Takesian, Ron Truppa, Glynn Turman, Ret Turner and Suzette Ervin, and Marc and Lauren Vahanian, among others.
During the Opening Night, Sidney Poitier presented KAREN SHARPE KRAMER with a tribute to his late friend and colleague, director Stanley Kramer. KAREN SHARPE KRAMER read Sidney Poitier's comments to the audience, as follows:
"I welcome this opportunity to honor the life of a great friend and filmmaker. It was a profound experience for me to have had the privilege to work under the direction of such a remarkable talent. It allowed me the great opportunity to work with Spencer Tracey, Katharine Hepburn, Tony Curtis and many, many others. It was a fabulous experience that galvanized, for me, a career I had never dreamed possible. 'The Defiant Ones,' 'Pressure Point,' 'Guess Who's Coming To Dinner,' were films that pushed the limits of the status quo and changed the game of the film industry, not to mention, the world, considerably.
"Stanley Kramer was quite a remarkable human being. He was an unusual person in so many ways, especially in regard to the motion picture industry. In the many years I knew him, I will never forget the extraordinary gifts that personified the essence of Stanley Kramer - film director, film producer, visionary, family man, friend - all of which added up to his life having become a remarkable example of what the American film industry has made of itself - a competitor worldwide.
"There were experiences that had a profound impact on me as a young actor in a film industry that as not inclined - in those days - to hire or embrAce Young African-American actors. It took a certain kind of person to have had the insight and courage to bring to the forefront social issues that were difficult to address, and commonly ignored, by the general public.