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38 W I N T E R 2 0 1 9 C A S Q U A R T E R L Y CINEMA AUDIO SOCIETY to Present MARYJO LANG CAS with PRESIDENT'S AWARD Cinema Audio Society President Mark Ulano has announced that this year's CAS Awards will include a President's Award honoree. The President's Award is presented at the discretion of the president to an individual who has been dedicated to the Advancement of Sound. "In the world of Foley mixing, MaryJo Lang CAS has been a force of nature. Her understanding of how to tell stories with sound has made her a filmmaker of iconic stature. Having worked on almost 300 projects in her extensive career and becoming the premier go-to person in Foley for her creative powers, MaryJo Lang's career represents a pinnacle achievement in the sound arts," said Ulano. "Long ago, she broke down arti- ficial barriers in a traditionally male-dominated field with her spectacular 'musicianship.'" Ulano continued, "Beyond her own prolific output, she has contributed to the larger cinema sound community by partici- pating in executive leadership, long serving as a Board member for the Cinema Audio Society and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sound Branch Executive Committee. b y D o r o t h e a S a r g e n t The JB-1 features a display and menu system, which allows for ease of use and display of timecode and settings. It reads, generates and jam syncs to all standard frame rates including 23.976 for High Definition shoots. The JB-1 features an automatic jam sync capability, which senses the incoming timecode rate. Cross jamming of different rates can be accomplished as well. Many mentees have had the great fortune of MaryJo 'paying it forward' as she has provided a nurturing spirit, repeating the mentoring she received along the way. I am delighted to place a spotlight on this amazing individual who has meant so much to so many people and who so fully deserves the Cinema Audio Society's President's Award as an acknowledgment of her many achievements." MaryJo Lang, now retired, was a Foley mixer at Warner Bros. Studios for more than 25 years. She started in 1984, appren- ticing in production sound with Mark Ulano and Patrushkha Mierzwa on Friday the 13th Part V. That led to an internship at Taj Soundworks, a well-known Foley stage in Los Angeles where she began mixing in 1991. She moved to Warner Bros. Studios in 1992 with Foley artist John Roesch. She has worked on several motion pictures that have won the Oscar for Best Sound Mixing and/or Best Sound Editing, including Braveheart, The Matrix, The Dark Knight, Inception, and The Ghost and the Darkness, as well as several that have been nominated, Interstellar, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and The Social Network. She was the first choice for mixing by top supervising sound editors Ren Klyce, Charles L. Campbell, and Dane Davis. Lang served on the Executive Committee for the Sound Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for two terms and, during her career has spoken at seminars in Stuttgart, Germany, and at USC on the art of Foley. She fin- ished her career at Warner Bros. working on The Meg with her favorite Foley artists, Alyson Dee Moore and Chris Moriana. Her last project was in Finland, working with Heikki Kossi, the top Foley artist in Scandinavia, on the documentary The Distant Barking of Dogs, which has been short listed for an Academy nomination. She has won three CAS Awards for Foley mixing on Frozen, Big Hero 6, and Inside Out. Lang has been enjoying retirement immensely by being able to satisfy her love of travel. She had already been to more than 50 countries while she was working and, since retiring, she has been to China, Mongolia, Russia, Cuba, Thailand, and Laos— and that's just in the first year! She loves to see new places, try new food, and share it all with her friends back home, who follow her on Facebook and her email diary. Lang will join previously announced honorees CAS Career Achievement Award recipient, production sound mixer Lee Orloff CAS and CAS Filmmaker Award recipient Steven Spielberg at the 55th Annual CAS Awards on February 16, in the Wilshire Grand Ballroom of the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. Congratulations, MaryJo!•

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