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“Beetlejuice” cinematographer coming to Randolph College

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Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 11:00 am | Updated: 4:04 pm, Wed Apr 3, 2013.

Hollywood cinematographer Thomas Ackerman, who has worked on films like 1988’s “Beetlejuice,” 1989’s “Christmas Vacation” and 1995’s “Jumanji," will be coming to Randolph College for the school’s Sarah Driver Film Festival this week.

Ackerman — who has also worked on music videos for the likes of Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, The Pretenders, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson — will give a lecture at 2 p.m. Sunday in the new student center’s Nichols Theatre.

In "Cinematography Reinvented," he’ll share his experiences making commercials, documentaries and feature films, with a focus on how the shift to digital filmmaking has affected cinematography and the expression of the artist’s voice.

"With this diverse background, he will have an interesting perspective on how filmmaking has changed," Jennifer Gauthier, a Randolph communication studies professor who coordinates the festival, said in a press release. "Tom will share behind-the-scenes insight into how visual messages are crafted and screen some of his work."

Leading up to the talk, the school will show some of the films Ackerman has worked on, also in the Nichols Theatre.

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday; “Jumanji” for 7:30 p.m. Friday; and “Beetlejuice” and Tim Burton’s 1984 short live-action film “Frankenweenie” (which was made into a feature-length movie in 2012) for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with an introduction by Ackerman.

Admission to all events is free. Call (434) 947-8501 for more information.

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