SOURCE: Anaheim University

Anaheim University

February 18, 2009 11:30 ET

Anaheim University Honors Akira Kurosawa With Launch of Online Digital Film School at Cherry Blossom Gala

BEVERLY HILLS, CA--(Marketwire - February 18, 2009) - On March 23rd, 2009 Anaheim University will make film school history by launching a state-of-the-art online digital film school. The nationally accredited California-based university will pay tribute to the late Japanese Film Maker Akira Kurosawa by celebrating the launch of the Anaheim University Akira Kurosawa School of Film at a black-tie event called "The Cherry Blossom Gala." The ground-breaking masterpieces of Film Maker, Film Producer and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa (March 23, 1910 - Sept 6, 1998) have inspired such movie makers as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Francis Ford Coppola. The online Film School is being established to inspire and develop filmmakers the world over and endeavors to enroll students in online certificate and MFA programs in Digital Filmmaking commencing September 2009.

According to Chief Communications Officer David Bracey, "March 23rd is symbolic as it would have been Akira Kurosawa's 99th birthday. Cherry blossoms signify the beauty, frailty and brevity of life, and are a fitting theme for a tribute to one's life that will kick off a year-long worldwide tribute to the late, great filmmaker. Classic movies such as 'Star Wars,' 'The Magnificent Seven' and 'A Fistful of Dollars' may not have come about if it were not for Kurosawa's influence, so a number of celebrities and media from the U.S. and Japan are expected to be in attendance."

The Gala, which is organized and co-hosted by Anaheim University, Academia Foundation, the Kurosawa Family and the AK100 Project, will be held at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Entertainment includes a Japanese art and cultural exhibition, a kimono show, traditional Awa dancers, a display of original kimonos from Kurosawa's award-winning film "Ran," and a condensed screening and live performance of the music of "Ran" by the Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra, conducted by the renowned Japanese female conductor Tomomi Nishimoto. A special tribute to the late American TV and Film Actress and Star of the 1988 film Tokyo Pop Ms. Carrie Hamilton, as well as a few important individuals who influenced and contributed to the development of the Akira Kurosawa School of Film will also be held.

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