Josh Kanin to Guest Lecture about Film Editing
The Academy of Art University and the School of Motion Pictures & Television are proud to
announce an upcoming guest lecture by famed editor and professor Josh Kanin. His lecture, "Editing:
How It Affects Every Aspect of Your Movie," will be held on Tuesday, April 11th, beginning at 7pm
in the 79 New Montgomery Theater.
About Josh Kanin
Josh Kanin was born in 1950 in Los Angeles, California. Upon graduation from high school, he
attended UCLA for two years, and then was accepted into the University of Southern California's
prestigious School of Cinema/Television, earning both B.A. and M.A. degrees while at USC. With a
teaching career in mind, he was out of graduate school to teach cinema courses full-time at Wright
State University in Dayton, Ohio. After one year there, he was offered an Assistant Professorship
at California State University, Fullerton.
After several years of teaching at CSUF, Kanin set his sights on working in the motion picture
industry. He joined IATSE's Local 776 (Film & Videotape Editors Guild) after being offered a
job as an apprentice film editor on a theatrical feature. As an assistant film editor and later as
a film & videotape editor, he worked on a wide range of network series, "movies-of-the-week,"
and miniseries for 20 years.
While employed in the film industry, Professor Kanin taught evening classes in film history,
production and postproduction. Over the years, he has served on the faculties of Wright State
University (Dayton, Ohio); California State Universities - Long Beach, Fullerton, Dominguez Hills,
and Northridge; Los Angeles City College; Los Angeles Valley College; Cerritos College; Irvine
Valley College; University of Southern California; UCLA; and the Art Center College of Design.
Professor Kanin has been a longstanding member of the UFVA (University Film & Video
Association). He serves on the Executive Committee of the Wide Screen Film Festival, dedicated to
the preservation and showcasing of classic widescreen motion pictures. He is completing a textbook
on the subject of cinema and society of the 1960s, set for publication in the spring.
In 1998, Professor Kanin joined the faculty of the Department of Communication at Santa Monica
College on a full-time basis, and is currently tenured. He has been Faculty Advisor of the SMC
Student Filmmakers Association (formerly Cinema Club) for the past six years. Currently, he is
serving as the Communication Department's full-time faculty representative on both the Academic
Senate and the Faculty Association. Professor Kanin has invited film and television industry
professionals to speak at SMC, coordinating seminars with such industry giants as Norman Lear,
Oliver Stone, Sidney Poitier, Edward James Olmos, Eva Marie Saint, and Arthur Hiller, among
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