Randal Kleiser, the director of Grease and one of the most respected authorities on film technology, will serve as Honorary Chair of the 2015 Beloit International Film Festival. He will greet audiences and host the BIFF sing-a-long version of Grease. In addition, Kleiser will conduct a seminar on acting, directing and film technology for vising filmmakers and film students.
The sing-a-long showing of Grease, complete with the words at the bottom of the screen for singing great favorites such as You’re the One That I Want, Summer Nights, and Hopelessly Devoted to You, will be presented at the Schubert Luxury 10 Cinema in Beloit on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Kleiser will introduce the film and answer audience questions following the presentation.
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Grease was Kleiser’s first film. Other credits include The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, The Blue Lagoon, Summer Lovers, Flight of the Navigator, White Fang, North Shore, Getting It Right, Lovewrecked, Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway, and the 1996 AIDS drama It’s My Party.
Working in 70mm 3-D, he directed Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, which has been running for more than a decade at Disney Parks in Anaheim, Orlando, Tokyo, and Paris. This led to the U.S. Government signing him to develop a 360 degree hi-def simulator to train soldiers to deal with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the war in Afghanistan.
In 2007, his University of Southern California thesis film Peege was selected to be added to the prestigious National Registry at the Library of Congress. The 28-minute movie about his grandmother is still drawing accolades for its fiercely honest and poignant portrayal of aging and mental decline. It is only the second student produced film to be placed in the Registry.
With George Lucas, he produced the online course, “USC School of Cinematic Arts presents the Nina Foch Course for Filmmakers and Actors” capturing the teaching of the actress and director who taught at USC for four decades.
Fluent in cutting edge digital technologies, he is chair of the annual Digital Day presentation for the Directors Guild of America, and serves on the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has conducted master classes and has lectured at film festivals around the world.