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The Carpinteria Valley Historical Society has planned an incredible exploration into the world of film and cinema with a trip to visit the new Academy Museum of Motion Picture Arts on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Located on famed Museum Row on Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles, the museum opened in September, 2021. The Academy Museum's exhibitions and programs convey the magic of cinema and offer a glimpse behind the screen, illuminating the creative and collaborative process of filmmaking. The campus includes over 50,000 square feet of exhibition spaces, two state‑of‑the‑art theaters, Shirley Temple Education Studio, and beautiful public spaces that are free and open to the public. Immersive and dynamic, the exhibits tell the many stories of the movies, their art, technology, artists, history, and social impact through a variety of diverse and engaging voices.

     The Academy collections hold more than 13 million objects, including costumes, costume sketches, film reels, posters, props, and screenplays. Some key objects in the Museum's collection include: Dorothy's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz (1939); Shirley Temple's tap shoes from The Little Colonel (1935); Typewriter used to write the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960); The only surviving shark mold from Jaws (1975); Tablets from The Ten Commandments (1956); and a cape used by Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931).

     The main exhibit, Stories of Cinema, is a three‑floor exhibition that presents the diverse, international, and complex stories of moviemakers, the works they create, and the impact their art has on the world. It explores narrative and documentary films, both animated and live‑action, as well as the arts and sciences of moviemaking.

     Stories of Cinema begins in the Spielberg Family Gallery with an immersive, multichannel media installation that travels from the very beginnings of film to the groundbreaking movies of today. The revelatory moments from over 700 films in this 13‑minute multichannel presentation are preludes to the cinematic stories continued in the rest of the museum.

     Stories of Cinema, Level 2 presents significant movies and moviemakers and highlights all the crafts that go into making a movie, including screenwriting, storyboarding, costume design, hair and makeup, performance, cinematography, editing, and more. It also includes a history of the Academy Awards, a gallery featuring a collaboration with a director, and a gallery considering the impact of movies on society.

     It takes a village to make a movie; every shot of every scene requires an intricate network of craftspeople. Because their talents combine in often seamless ways onscreen, it can be easy to miss individual cinematic contributions: screenwriting, casting, hair and makeup, costumes, production design, special effects, sound, music, cinematography, editing, and publicity, not to mention the work of actors, directors, producers, and executives. Using a single movie as a case study, The Art of Moviemaking: The Wizard of Oz explores the importance of each role on and off set, in front of the camera and behind it.

     Stories of Cinema, Level 3 features collaborations with a film artist, a composer, and a sound designer, as well as Inventing Worlds and Characters, which takes visitors on a journey that includes animation, visual effects, and encounters with famous characters from fantasy and science fiction. The Stories of Cinema exhibition concludes with reflections on the future of cinema. The most exemplary films imprint into our memories and elicit our deepest emotions. The connections we make speak to the enduring power of cinema to resonate with audiences long after the credits end.

There are also many other special exhibits and programs the museum has to offer; please visit www.academymuseum.org to learn more.


Join us on this incredible exploration into the word of film and cinema!  Our deluxe motorcoach with restroom will depart from our museum at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11 and return to Carpinteria by 5:00 p.m. Cost for historical society members is just $65 and $75 for non-members.  Your ticket price includes bus transportation, ticketed admission to the Academy Museum, and refreshments aboard the bus.  A no-host lunch is available at the museum's Fanny's Café and Restaurant, or from multiple food trucks on museum row out front. Call David at our museum to secure your reservation 805-684-3112 and then complete this reservation form and mail to us with your payment check.

     Please note that as of this writing the Academy Museum admission policy requires proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of the trip date; a photo I.D. is also required.  Masks must also be worn on the bus and in the museum to protect everyone's health.

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