Dante Ferretti, who just won the Academy Award for Best Art Direction for Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, will speak about his 35-year career as a production designer at New York University’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, located at 24 W. 12th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues) on Tuesday, March 8, 1 p.m.

Ferretti will be in conversation with Antonio Monda, associate professor of film and TV at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, in front of an audience of NYU students, professors, and other guests.

Ferretti had been previously nominated for an Academy Award seven times. Italian-born, he began his production designing career in 1967 working with such acclaimed Italian directors as Pier Paoli Pasolini and Federico Fellini. Working with his wife Francesca Lo Schiavo (who won this year’s Academy Award for Set Decoration for The Aviator), he also has created sets for many other American films including Cold Mountain, Gangs of New York, Titus, Bringing Out the Dead, Meet Joe Black, Interview With the Vampire, and The Age of Innocence.

WHAT: A conversation with Dante Ferretti, 2004 Academy Award winner for Best Art Direction.

WHERE: NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 W. 12th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)

WHEN: Tuesday, March 8, 1 p.m.

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