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Cinema Audio Society to Honor Dennis Maitland, Paul Mazursky

Paul Mazursky

Production sound mixer Dennis Maitland, CAS, will receive the Cinema Audio Society’s highest accolade, the CAS Career Achievement Award, to be presented at the 45th CAS Awards on February 14, 2009 in the Crystal Ballroom of the Millennium-Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Director/writer/producer/actor Paul Mazursky (pictured) will receive the CAS Filmmaker Award.

In keeping with the synergy of the three previous CAS Filmmaker and Career Achievement recipients, Maitland and Mazursky both have distinguished individual careers that have overlapped on many projects, resulting in collaborations on several films, including the Academy Award—nominated An Unmarried Woman, Tempest, Willie and Phil, and Moscow On The Hudson.

“We are thrilled to present both our Career Achievement and our Filmmaker Award to two consummate filmmakers who have contributed so much to filmmaking and brought us so many enjoyable and prestigious projects,” says CAS president Edward L. Moskowitz. “This is what the CAS awards endeavor to acknowledge, and this year we have hit another home run.”

Maitland has worked on more than 80 feature films, including the critically acclaimed and Academy Award—nominated As Good As It Gets, The Prince Of Tides, Moonstruck, Prizzi’s Honor, …And Justice For All, Lenny, The Pawnbroker, The Way We Were, Three Days Of The Condor and Searching For Bobby Fischer.

In 1969, Mazursky wrote and directed Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, and the success of that film launched his filmmaking career. Next came Alex In Wonderland, Blume In Love, and Harry and Tonto (directing Art Carney to an Academy Award). An Unmarried Woman garnered three Academy Award nominations: Jill Clayburgh for Best Actress, and Mazursky for writing and Best Picture.

In 1980, Mazursky directed Willie and Phil, followed by Tempest, Moscow On The Hudson, Down and Out In Beverly Hills, and Moon Over Parador. With 1989’s adaptation of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s Enemies: A Love Story, Mazursky achieved Best Director honors from the New York Critics’ Circle and guided stars Anjelica Huston and Lena Olin to Academy Award nominations.

Mazursky is the fourth recipient of the CAS Filmmaker Award and joins previous honorees Quentin Tarantino, Gil Cates and Bill Condon.

KTLA entertainment reporter Sam Rubin will return as Master of Ceremonies at the 45th CAS Awards dinner, which will also honor outstanding achievements in sound mixing in five categories: Motion Pictures; Television Movies and Miniseries; Television Series; Television—Non-Fiction, Variety or Music Series or Specials; and DVD Original Programming.

The Cinema Audio Society, a philanthropic, non-profit organization, was formed in 1964 for the purpose of sharing information with sound professionals in the motion picture and television industries. For more information, visit