Helmer to host new series in May

“L.A. Confidential” director and co-screenwriter Curtis Hanson has been appointed the first chairman of UCLA’s Film and Television Archive.

Among other duties, Hanson will oversee a newly created board of media artists and professionals and will serve as a spokesman for the archive’s activities in film preservation, research and exhibition.

In May, Hanson will host a new series entitled “The Movie That Inspired Me,” in which filmmakers will present movies that most influenced their careers.

“Over the years I’ve enjoyed many memorable moviegoing experiences at UCLA courtesy of the archive,” Hanson said from Pittsburgh, where he is shooting “Wonder Boys” with Michael Douglas. “It is an honor and a thrill to now have the opportunity to contribute to this outstanding organization that is leading the way in film preservation and exhibition.”

Robert Rosen, dean of the School of Theater, Film and Television, said his dream is for the archive to be viewed as a “home away from home” for the creative community.

“I can think of no one better suited to achieve this goal than Curtis, who has been a writer about film, a screenwriter, a director and a producer, and whose vast knowledge of cinema’s past is matched only by his commitment to its future,” Rosen said.

Hanson and co-scripter Brian Helgeland won an Oscar last year for adapting James Ellroy’s novel “L.A. Confidential” for the screen.

Hanson’s other directing credits include “The River Wild,” “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle,” “Bad Influence” and “The Bedroom Window,” for which he also wrote the screenplay.

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