WHAT: Dedication of the new Indiana University Cinema

WHEN: Jan. 27, 4 p.m.

WHERE: IU Cinema, 1213 E. 7th St., Bloomington, Ind.

EDITORS: The dedication ceremony will be available to Indianapolis TV stations via the IU Video Link and will be streamed live on the Web at http://www.broadcast.iu.edu.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — An appearance by internationally acclaimed film director Peter Bogdanovich will help mark a historic occasion at Indiana University Bloomington — the formal dedication of the new IU Cinema on Jan. 27.

A two-time Academy Award nominee, Bogdanovich will join a host of campus and community officials at the 4 p.m. dedication ceremony — including IU President Michael McRobbie, IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Karen Hanson and City of Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan —  in heralding the arrival of the new, nearly 260-seat IU Cinema, one of only about 10 THX-certified facilities on college campuses anywhere in the nation. During the ceremony, McRobbie will present Bogdanovich, whose professional papers and film collection (consisting of more than 100,000 items) are housed near the new cinema at the IU Lilly Library, with an honorary degree recognizing his achievements as a film director and for his major contributions to the scholarship of film.

All tickets to the dedication ceremony have been distributed, but the ceremony can be viewed live on the Web at http://www.broadcast.iu.edu.  In addition, several public events featuring Bogdanovich are planned for the celebratory weekend.

Bogdanovich will discuss his career in the cinema on Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. as part of the new Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture Series, which will bring renowned filmmakers and industry leaders to the IU Bloomington campus. He also is expected to introduce one or more of the John Ford-directed films that are part of the “John Ford Searches West” series, scheduled for the weekend. Bogdanovich’s critically acclaimed documentary on Ford, Directed by John Ford (2006), will be showcased at the IU Cinema on Thursday (Jan. 20).

“We are very excited to mark the opening of what will be the best-equipped university cinema in the country,” said IU Bloomington Provost Hanson. “In this state-of-the-art venue, student and community audiences will be able to see classic and contemporary films from around the world as they were meant to be seen. The Indiana University Cinema will be a wonderful addition to the vibrant arts culture on campus and a wonderful complement to the serious study of film at IU.”

On Thursday last week (Jan. 13) the IU Cinema opened its doors to the public for the first time with a screening of the Academy Award-winning Lawrence of Arabia (1962), restored in 1992 by Robert Harris.  The screening kicked off a busy and diverse spring calendar at the cinema, which includes several “acclaimed filmmaker” series (John Ford, Michelangelo Antonioni, Albert and David Maysles), an international children’s film series, an international arthouse series and an underground film series, among other events. With few exceptions, most IU Cinema events will be free to all ticketholders, and tickets can be acquired through the IU Auditorium box office during regular ticket office hours hours (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or 30 minutes prior to any IU Cinema screening.

“Our goal is for the IU Cinema to become one of the nation’s premier venues for world-class cinema, and we are off to an outstanding start,” said Vickers, who, prior to coming to IU, served as managing director of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame.

“Indeed, we are absolutely delighted that a filmmaker as renowned and accomplished as Peter Bogdanovich has agreed to help us dedicate our new facility, which promises to provide an invaluable resource for scholars and moviegoers here at IU and within the surrounding community.”

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