AMPAS to host program of Adam Beckett films

The late animator and visual effects artist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a program devoted to animator and visual effects artist Adam Beckett entitled "Infinite Animation: The Work of Adam Beckett," on Aug. 17 at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.

The evening will include a screening of "Life in the Atom," a short film that Beckett left unfinished when he died at the age of 29.

The evening will be presented by the Academy's Science and Technology Council and hosted by visual effects artist Richard Winn Taylor and Beckett biographer Pamela Turner. It also will feature screenings of six more of Beckett's films and an onstage panel discussion with his colleagues and friends.

Scheduled guests include visual effects artists David Berry and Richard Edlund, animator Chris Cassady, and filmmakers Beth Block, Roberta Friedman and Pat O'Neill.

The films to be screened are "Dear Janice" (1972), "Heavy-Light" (1973), "Evolution of the Red Star" (1973), "Flesh Flows" (1974), "Sausage City" (1974) and "Kitsch in Synch" (1975), all of which have been recently restored by the Academy Film Archive and the iotaCenter.