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Duo makes grade at Acad

Rodowich of King's College, Polan of USC chosen

HOLLYWOOD — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has tapped two film professors, one from King’s College at the U. of London and another from USC, as 2002 Academy Film Scholars.

David Rodowick, film studies chairman at King’s College, and Dana Polan, professor of critical studies at USC’s School of Cinema-Television, are the third pair of scholars to be selected for the honor by AMPAS’ Academy Foundation grants committee.

Financial award

Acad will grant Rodowick and Polan $25,000 each.

Scholars are selected on the basis of their proposals to the committee for new scholarly works.

Rodowick will undertake a review of the replacement by digital technologies of almost every aspect of film production and viewing over the past two decades, and the expected disappearance of celluloid stock over the next decade, to be titled “The Virtual Life of Film.”

Polan will complete research he has been conducting on “The Beginnings of American Film Study,” examining the steps by which academia has come to accept cinema as a subject worthy of study.

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The first half of each grant will be doled out at a Dec. 16 luncheon at the BevHills Hotel. The remaining sum will be presented upon completion of the manuscripts, which will subsequently be presented in lecture form at a public Academy event.

Established credentials

Only established scholars, writers, historians and researchers with a significant record of achievement were considered for the grants, committee chair Janet MacLachlan said.

The Academy Film Scholars program was created in 1999 to “stimulate and support the creation of new, innovative and significant works of film scholarship about aesthetic, cultural, educational, historical, theoretical or scientific aspects of theatrical motion pictures.”

Previous Academy Film Scholars are Tino Balio, U. of Wisconsin, Madison; Donald Crafton, Notre Dame; Jane Gaines, Duke U., Durham, N.C.; and Steven J. Ross, USC.

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