While traveling in Southern California, I had the opportunity to visit the Margaret Herrick Academy Library in Beverly Hills CA where I got a fabulous tour from Archivist Howard Prouty and met Awards Coordinator Tom Oyers. I’ve had a long-time email correspondence with these Academy colleagues and it was great to meet them both in person. Howard has been working to create an Archive of my life-time of production files at the Academy Archives. I am most appreciative of what Howard and the Academy are doing with 15 dozen boxes of files with details about making all of my movies through the decades, along with prints of most all of my films for the Academy Film Archives. And it is Tom who makes it possible for me to continue as an active member of the Documentary Branch, no matter where I am living like in Singapore now, in screening documentaries every year for Academy Nomination consideration.
Selfie by Ben Shedd at the Academy library with Howard Prouty and Tom Oyers.