WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Renowned director Ang Lee will present a keynote address and screen footage from his upcoming film “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” at NAB Show’s Future of Cinema Conference, produced in partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). Lee will discuss his vision for cinema and the creative opportunities for the future of filmmaking. In a world exclusive, the audience will enjoy the first-ever public screening from the upcoming movie in its native 4K, 3D, 120-frames-per-second format using a cutting-edge dual laser projection system. The 90-minute presentation begins at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at the 2016 NAB Show in Las Vegas.
Lee is the director of acclaimed films including “Life of Pi,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Brokeback Mountain” and “Sense and Sensibility.” In addition to his three Academy Awards (Lee won Best Director Oscars for both “Brokeback Mountain” and “Life of Pi,” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” won for Best Foreign Language Film), Lee has earned multiple British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Directors Guild and Golden Globe awards. “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” Lee’s adaptation of the novel by Ben Fountain, stars Vin Diesel, Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund and Steve Martin. Sony Pictures is set to release the film in November. It is the first major motion picture release to have been captured at 120 frames-per-second 3D at 4K resolution and in high dynamic range (HDR).
Lee will be joined onstage by “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” editor Tim Squyres; production systems supervisor Ben Gervais; stereographer Demetri Portelli; and Scot Barbour, vice president of production technology for Sony Pictures Entertainment. The film’s technical team will explore the technology, methods, discoveries and creative potential of working in a format that is at the forefront of what is possible in filmmaking today.
“Ang Lee is a creative legend, and we are honored to have him presenting footage from his upcoming film at NAB Show,” said Chris Brown, NAB executive vice president, Conventions and Business Operations. “In many ways NAB Show is about showcasing the tools that creative people use to make great content. In films such as ‘Life of Pi’ and now ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,’ Mr. Lee has used 3D and other cutting-edge techniques to advance the craft of cinema itself.”
“With his fearless approach to filmmaking, Ang Lee has brought us breathtaking, groundbreaking films that certainly have pushed the limits of cinema,” said Richard Welsh, The Future of Cinema Conference program committee chair for SMPTE. “We are honored to have Mr. Lee and his colleagues join us for The Future of Cinema Conference, and we look forward to hearing his vision for cinema’s future — in both technical and creative terms — and to the unprecedented screening of 120 frames-per-second 3D movie content at 4K resolution.”
“The Future of Cinema Conference: The Immortal Movie,” is scheduled for April 16-17, and will gather the brightest industry minds and talents to discuss the changing nature of storytelling today and into the future, as well as the industry’s role in ensuring that creative work is preserved in its highest form for generations to come. The conference will feature sessions on forward-looking techniques and challenges related to making content for theatrical release and beyond.
The screening of “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” is made possible thanks to the support of RealD and by technical components provided by leading companies. Christie will provide projection for the session, Dolby will provide 3D glasses, and 7th Sense will provide playback with its Delta Infinity III servers.
Conference registration is available here. SMPTE members may use code EP01 to take $100 off the NAB non-member rate for a SMART or Conference Flex Pass registration, or to get a free Exhibits Pass. The offer expires April 1.
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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE)
Winner of an Oscar and multiple Emmy Awards, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) is a global leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem. A professional membership association that is internationally recognized and accredited, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. For a century, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 800 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines.
Nearly 7,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections worldwide, sustain the Society. Through the Society's partnership with Hollywood Professional Association (HPA®), this membership is complemented by the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide the expertise, support, tools, and infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television programs, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.