August 24, 2010

Hollywood producer to give Luminaries lecture, open 'In the Heat of the Night'

Walter Mirisch

"In the Heat of the Night"

Hollywood legend Walter Mirisch, producer of “West Side Story” (1961), “In the Heat of the Night” (1967) and hundreds of other films, visits Emory this month.

Mirisch will discuss his book "I Thought We Were Making Movies, Not History" in a Luminaries Series lecture on Tuesday, Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. in the Carlos Museum Reception Hall. Directly following is a Creativity Conversation with Matthew Bernstein, professor and chair of the Department of Film Studies.

The free event is open for public participation, and includes a booksigning. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Film Studies, the Department of Theater Studies and Friends of Film.

In anticipation of Mirisch’s Luminaries presentation, the Department of Film Studies will screen Mirisch’s “In the Heat of the Night,” in 35mm on Monday, Aug. 30, at 8 p.m. in White Hall, Room 205.  In this Academy Award-winning film, Sidney Poitier portrays the Philadelphia forensics detective Virgil Tibbs, accused of murder in a Southern town on highly circumstantial evidence. The film features supporting performances by Lee Grant, Warren Oates, Larry Gates and Beah Richards.

Mirisch will introduce the free screening.

For information call 404.727.6761 or visit Arts at Emory.

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