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Mitchell Block, Board of Advisors

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Mitchell Block is a documentary film producer. His works have won an Academy Award (Big Mama, 2001), been nominated (Poster Girl, 2006) and short-listed (The Testimony, 2006) for Oscars, as well. Carrier, his ten-hour landmark PBS series with its companion feature, Another Day in Paradise, won an Emmy and is one of the most-watched series in the history of PBS. It was the first and only time the US Navy allowed multiple film crews to embed on a warship for an entire six-month deployment. Block has made numerous acclaimed films including his short film No Lies which was selected to be part of the Library of Congress' National Register of Historical Films for preservation for all time. Each year only twenty-five films are added to the list from all American films produced since 1895. The other film's from Block's year include works by Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Frances Ford Coppola, William Friedkin and Terrance Mallick. Block worked for seven years for Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentaries and Children's Programming as an acquisitions consultant finding emerging talent worldwide for HBO.

Block holds a BFA and MFA from NYU Tisch School, an MBA from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business Administration and he was a producing fellow at the American Film Institute. He did his doctoral course work in film critical studies, history and theory at UCLA. Since 1979 he has been an adjunct professor at USC's School of Cinematic Arts in the Peter Stark Producing Program and was recently appointed an Adjunct at USC-SJTU Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry (ICCI) jointly established by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and University of Southern California (USC). ICCI is a pilot of international collaboration in the field of cultural and creative industry in Shanghai. He has lectured at over 40 universities and colleges worldwide on behalf of the US State Department most recently in Miramar and Russia. His film work is represented in over a thousand university and library collections worldwide and his writings on film business and criticism have been published in over a dozen publications. Since 1970, he has created five film festivals/markets, all but one continue to date. He serves on the Awards Committees for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS), the Producer's Guild and the Television Academy.

Block has served as the chief financial officer of a number of non-profit organizations including the International Documentary Association (IDA), the University Film and Video Association and the Santa Monica Museum of Art. He is a lifetime voting member of AMPAS, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television, the IDA and the UFVA. Block has served as an "expert" in numerous copyright, production, distribution and marketing litigations. His company's films have received over 25 Academy Awards and over 60 nominations in the short films, animation and documentary categories and he has marketed some of the landmark PBS series generating millions of dollars in revenue. He has testified before Congress and has been a party in a censorship case that went to the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

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