STUDIO CITY, CA — The Motion Picture Sound Editors (http://mpse.org/) and the Cinema Audio Society (CAS) will host the 8th Annual MPSE Golf and Poker Tournament on September 18th at the Angeles National Golf Club in Sunland, CA. Proceeds from the event will benefit the MPSE’s Ethel Crutcher Scholarship Fund, which provides mentoring and support for student sound artists, as well as the organization’s work in promoting the role of sound in movies, television, gaming and other entertainment media.
This year, marks the first time that the Cinema Audio Society has joined MPSE in sponsoring the event. Serving as honorary chairman will be Ron Kutak, the longtime national executive director of IATSE Editors Guild, Local 700, who is retiring from his post November 1st.
The day’s activities will include a scramble-style golf and poker tournaments, with trophies and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in each event. The golf tournament will also feature a hole-in-one contest with a $10,000 prize and a putting contest with a $5,000 prize. Other games and surprises will occur throughout the day. The event will climax with an awards dinner. The MPSE will also inaugurate its annual membership drive at the event.
“The golf tournament is one of our most popular events of the year,” says MPSE president Tom McCarthy. “It’s a day for networking with sound artists, filmmakers, vendors and studio executives. The event is open to anyone who is interested in playing golf or poker, or simply wants to socialize and support an organization that works hard all year in behalf of the art and craft of sound. I am extremely proud and excited that the CAS is co-sponsoring this event as both organizations support the art of sound and the complete sound community.”
CAS President Mark Ulano expects the Golf and Poker Tournament to be the first of many joint ventures between the two sound organizations. “The mutual members collaborate to create the soundtracks people hear when they go to the movies or watch television,” Ulano says. “So, it’s only natural that we should work together on professional and philanthropic activities that promote the art of sound.”