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Michael Schlesinger

Michael Schlesinger is widely acknowledged as the dean of classic film distributors, having worked for more than 25 years at MGM, Paramount, and Sony; keeping hundreds of vintage movies in theatrical release (and later on disc); and instigating the restoration of many more, including the award-winning completion of Orson Welles’s 1942 documentary It’s All True some 50 years later. He has also recorded many acclaimed DVD commentaries, is a Trailers from Hell guru, and has appeared in numerous documentaries, notably the Emmy-nominated HBO smash If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast. He is an eight-time Rondo Award nominee (so far), winning twice. Behind the camera, he wrote and produced the American version of Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999) and coproduced such Larry Blamire parodies as The Lost Skeleton Returns Again (2008) and Dark and Stormy Night (2009). His maiden effort as a writer-director was a series of shorts starring faux-1930s comedy team Biffle and Shooster (available on DVD from Kino Lorber). He considers himself the modern Will Rogers… if Will Rogers had been fat, Jewish, and never ridden a horse.

Saturday, April 23
9:15 am - 10:45 am
Wait Till Your Father Finally Gets Home
Chinese Multiplex House 4