Walter Murch to speak at San Francisco fest

Film editor/sound designer to look at evolution of film

Film editor and sound designer Walter Murch will deliver the annual State of Cinema Address at the 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival on April 25 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco.

His speech, titled "Three Fathers of Cinema: Beethoven, Flaubert, Edison," will ask would have happened if motion pictures had been invented in 1789 and will present various theories on the evolution of filmmaking.

"We are thrilled to have Walter Murch deliver our State of Cinema Address at the Festival this year," Graham Leggat, executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, said. "His extensive contributions to filmmaking and the pioneering steps he has taken in the field provide him with a unique take on cinema today and what it will become in the future. His presentation promises to be enlightening and thought-provoking."

The festival runs from April 22 to May 6.