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21 July 2016, LOS ANGELES— Cinema Audio Society President Mark Ulano, CAS, announced that the organization will honor multiple CAS and Oscar® nominated Sound Mixer John Pritchett, CAS with the Cinema Audio Society’s highest accolade, the CAS Career Achievement Award, to be presented at the 53rd CAS Awards on Saturday, February 18, 2017, Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza – Bunker Hill Ballroom, Los Angeles, California.


“It’s truly an honor to announce the selection of John Pritchett by the CAS for our Career Achievement award at this year’s 53rd Annual CAS Awards. John is the consummate ‘Mixer’s Mixer’ with a widely diverse career in film and television. His collaboration with directors such as Robert Altman, Paul Thomas Anderson and Richard Linklater and many others on over one hundred projects is a portfolio of excellence and innovation. He’s a winner of the prestigious CAS award for his mixing work and is also multi-nominated by his peers at the Academy of Motion Pictures and the British Academy as well, signifying his well-earned reputation for creative excellence.


John Pritchett is a beloved figure and has generously given back to the sound community for many years as a noted mentor and supporter of many of our best practitioners in the field. I take great pleasure in announcing the CAS’ recognition of John and his terrific body of work.”


Pritchett, who was born in Santa Monica, California, was discovered by director Robert Altman while working as a recording engineer in Dallas, Texas. Pritchett made seven pictures with Altman, including The Player, Short Cuts and Kansas City. He was the second soundman in Hollywood to go digital, with Altman’s Short Cuts in 1993.


Known for his successful working relationships with some of Hollywood’s most creative directors, Pritchett has made four movies with director Lawrence Kasdan, including Wyatt Earp, and French Kiss; four with writer-director David Mamet, including The Spanish Prisoner and State and Main; three with writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood and Inherent Vice, and two films with Oliver Stone, World Trade Center and W. He was also the sound mixer on such hits as 2006’s The Break-Up, 2000’s Miss Congeniality and 1987’s Dirty Dancing.


Twice nominated for an Academy Award, in 2006 for Memoirs of a Geisha and in 2003 for Road to Perdition, Pritchett was also nominated for a CAS Award for both films and won in 2003. He was nominated for a BAFTA Film Award in 2007 for There Will Be Blood.


His 102nd film Everybody Wants Some for director Richard Linklater continues his reputation for expertise in handling complex technical requirements during production. “People hire me because my team and I are able to get the sound needed with the least disruption,” said Pritchett.


Pritchett joins an illustrious group of past CAS Career Achievement Honorees that includes: Don Rogers, Walter Murch, Les Fresholtz, Tomlinson Holman, Richard Portman, Jim Webb, Charles Wilborn, Gary Rydstrom, Willie Burton, Mike Minkler, Ed Greene, Dennis Sands, Randy Thom, Jeffrey S. Wexler, Scott Millan, Chris Newman, Andy Nelson, David Macmillan and Doc Kane.


About the CAS Awards:

The 53rd CAS Awards will honor Outstanding Achievements in Sound Mixing in seven categories: Motion Pictures, Animated Motion Pictures, Documentary Motion Pictures, Television Movies and Mini- Series, Television Series-One Hour, Television Series-Half Hour and Television-Non-Fiction, Variety, Music Series or Specials. The CAS Student Recognition Award will also be presented at these Awards. The CAS Filmmaker Honoree will be announced later in the year.


About the Cinema Audio Society:


The Cinema Audio Society was formed in 1964 for the purpose of sharing information with Sound Professionals in the Motion Picture and Television Industry.


The objectives of the CAS are: to educate and inform the general public and the motion picture & television industry that effective sound is achieved by a creative, artistic and technical blending of diverse sound elements; to provide the motion picture & television industry with a progressive society of master craftsmen specialized in the art of creative cinematic sound recording; to advance the specialized field of cinematic sound recording by exchange of ideas, methods, and information; to advance the art of auditory appreciation, and to philanthropically support those causes dedicated to the sense of hearing; to institute and maintain high standards of conduct and craftsmanship among our members; to aid the motion picture & television industry in the selection and training of qualified personnel in the unique field of cinematic sound recording and to achieve for our members deserved recognition as major contributors to the field of motion picture & television entertainment.



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