By Shrida Pandey, Staff Writer
// 2019 has been the year of advances in movies, with improved plots, action, and characters. From classic remakes to entirely new storylines, the film industry is consistently upping the standard of movies.
The 92nd Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California, showcasing the top movies of 2019. Over the years, this award show has sparked controversy, with many people questioning how the committee nominates films. This year, Lafayette parents will have the opportunity to hear more about how the show works and how movies are chosen for such a prestigious prize by a guest speaker.
The Acalanes Parents Club (APC) will be hosting an Oscar after-party with esteemed New York University (NYU) professor Harry Chotiner on Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Acalanes Performing Arts Center (PAC) . The talk will tackle diversity, movie theater attendance, and much more.
“It will examine how streaming will forever alter our definition of a movie. We’ll also look at how #MeToo is profoundly changing and not changing the movie industry, and at some specific films like ‘Parasite’, ‘Little Women’, ‘The Irishman’, ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’, ‘Marriage Story’, and other films that people want us to discuss,” Chotiner said.
Chotiner has had many experiences in the movie industry during his lifetime. Some of his jobs include being a story editor at Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), a reader for Francis Coppola, and vice president of development of 20th Century Fox before working at NYU.
Event creator and leader of parent education for Acalanes High School, Kelly Daggs, was put in contact with Chotiner through someone from College Prep High School. She then worked tirelessly to bring the event to Acalanes.
“Kelly has done so much to make this event happen, and it is part of her larger efforts to enhance and enrich the culture and community that is Acalanes,” Chotiner said.
Daggs believes the talk can target both parents and students about topics regarding entertainment that do not typically get taught at school.
“We wanted to have a deep dive educational conversation and intellectual conversation of something a little bit different,” Daggs said.
Above all, Chotiner aims his talks at people who love movies and behind the scenes.
“I hope people get the pleasure of thinking and talking about movies. The evening is for those who love the magic that happens when you’re in a theater seat, the lights go down, the screen brightens, you sit back, and unconsciously say to the movie- take me, I’m yours,” Chotiner said.