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CILECT to Host Sound & Storytelling Conference

CILECT to Host Sound & Storytelling Conference

CILECT North America, an international association of film schools, will present the Sound & Storytelling conference at Chapman University (Orange, Calif.) March 22-24, 2018. With the theme of Exploring the Expressive Uses of Sound in Media, the conference is being organized on behalf of CILECT North America and is co-sponsored by the University Film and Video Association (UFVA).

The conference will include keynote speakers, master classes, workshops, demonstrations and panel discussions involving both educators and industry professionals. Presentations have been designed to appeal to a wide range of film educators and students, from attendees who have a general interest in the art and craft of film to those who specialize in sound for film or related media.

Featured speakers include some of the most respected names in the industry. The keynote speaker will be sound designer Mark Mangini, whose films include Mad Max: Fury Road and Blade Runner 2049 among many others. Mangini has been nominated for four Academy Awards for Best Sound Editing and has won for Mad Max: Fury Road.

Midge Costin, Professor and Head of Sound at the School of Cinematic Arts at USC, will also appear, discussing the making of her documentary about sound designers called Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound.

Other scheduled speakers are to include documentary music composer Miriam Cutler; Samuel Larson Guerra, sound designer, composer, teacher and author of Thinking About Sound: An Introduction to Film Sound Theory and Practice; production sound recordist Christopher Newman (Medium Cool, The Godfather, Klute, The Exorcist); David Sonnenscheim, author of Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice and Sound Effects in Cinema; and USC professor and author Bill Wittington, who wrote Sound Design and Science Fiction.

Partners helping to produce the Sound & Storytelling Conference include University Film & Video Association; Motion Picture Sound Editors; Cinema Audio Society and Mix magazine.

CILECT (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision) was founded in Cannes, France, in 1955. The organization consists of decision-making representatives from more than 180 audio visual educational institutions from 60 countries on six of the seven continents.

Registration for Sound & Storytelling is $85 for students and $300 for others. To register or learn more, visit