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November 10, 2011 / California Film Institute Blog

The Films of John Korty

On Thursdays and Sundays from November 10th to December 4th, the Smith Rafael Film Center will present the first major retrospective celebrating the work of John Korty, an American independent filmmaker. This year Korty turned 75 marking his 50th year of his career in the film industry. From comedy and social drama to animation and documentary, Korty was a pioneer in forging a filmmaking career in the Bay Area. His early studio in Stinson Beach inspired the arrival of Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas.

The retrospective will include seminal films in the independent feature movement of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as documentaries, animation, and short films. As one of the most successful directors of “made for television” movies, winner of an Academy Award and multiple Emmys, this retrospective event will prove to be an exciting one. For more information on John Korty, visit

The first program of the event, “Miracle in a Box: A Piano Reborn” with “John Allair Digs In!” [Premiere] is scheduled at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 10th. John Korty will attend the programs and other special guests are anticipated as well.


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