June 29, 2022

LAPPG PRESENTS: EXPLORING THE RESTORATION OF

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA'S WORK

A Conversation with James Mockoski, Film Archivist & Restoration Supervisor, American Zoetrope and Jay Holben, Film Director & Contributing Technical Editor, American Cinematographer

LAPPG is proud to host this exclusive conversation with American Zoetrope’s James Mockoski about restoring The Godfather for its 50th Anniversary, as well as his work on The Outsiders, The Cotton Club, and Apocalypse Now.

Jay Holben, veteran director/producer and 25-year contributor to industry bible, American Cinematographer, will moderate this deep-dive talk with Mr. Mockoski about his work as American Zoetrope’s longtime Film Archivist & Restoration Supervisor. We will hear about his role in overseeing legendary director’s cannon and preserving/restoring all these iconic films. In addition, expect some behind the scenes workflow details about how The Godfather was restored from its original film material to its currently available 4K Blu-Ray release edition. Lastly, we’ll learn about the recent restoration of The Outsiders, The Cotton Club, Apocalypse Now; and currently One From The Heart.

This unique conversation will cover both the science and artistry required to bring Francis Ford Coppola’s work back to its intended look and feel.

A restored scene from "The Godfather."
James Mockoski - presenter

James Mockoski, received his B.A. in Film/Video from UCSC and graduated with a M.A. in Film Archiving from the University of East Anglia.  In 2002, he joined Francis Ford Coppola’s company, American Zoetrope, as their Film Archivist and he has supervised the restorations of some classic films such as Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, Tucker, and The Cotton Club.  He also oversees the Coppola Family Archive of Costumes and memorabilia, including the Museum Collection held at Inglenook Winery and Francis Coppola Winery in Geyserville, CA.

Jay Holben - Moderator

Jay Holben is an independent director and producer based in Los Angeles. A former cinematographer, Holben is an associate member of the ASC, the chair of the ASC Motion Imaging Technology Council’s Lens Committee, vice-chair of the ASC MITC Virtual Production Committee and technical contributing editor for American Cinematographer Magazine. He is also the author of three books on cinematography: A Shot in the Dark, Behind the Lens and the recent The Cine Lens Manual.

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