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Academy Names Film Scholars

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 14, 2014 at 12:51PM

Who has the Academy's Educational Grants Committee picked this year as an Academy Scholar to receive $25,000 to write a book? Past awardees include writers Cari Beauchamp, Richard B. Jewell, and Donald Crafton. The Academy doles out the first portion of the grants at a ceremony on Monday March 17.
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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

With the 2014 Oscars over, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences can get back to work as usual.

It's easy to overlook all the work the Academy does, from the Margaret Herrick research library and archives, ongoing panels, screenings, talks, Nicholls screenwriting fellowships and student awards. The Academy’s cultural and educational wing – the Academy Foundation – annually grants $1 million to cultural organizations and film festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad, as well as the Academy's Educational Grants Committee's Academy Film Scholars

This year they have selected Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator Emeritus at the Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Film, a grant to explore the life and career of vanguard independent filmmaker Shirley Clarke, and James O. Naremore, Chancellors’ Professor Emeritus in the English department at Indiana University, to delve into the socially conscious films of L.A. pioneer activist Charles Burnett. 

The Educational Grants Committee will present the first half of the scholars’ $25,000 grant awards at a private luncheon on Monday, March 17. 

Kardish's "Shirley Clarke: The Original Chelsea Girl," is the first book-length critical biography of the avant-garde New York film and video artist who chose unconventional subjects and ways of presenting them. 

Naremore's two-part "The Cinema of Charles Burnett" will look at the filmmaker's work in the contexts of the Hollywood film industry and the work of other black filmmakers, with special attention to his leading role in the “L.A. Rebellion” of the 1970s.  The book also will offer a complete, annotated filmography, with detailed analyses of Burnett’s major works.

Kardish and Naremore join 13 other Academy film scholars who are currently working on projects, below.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.