Grogg, a member of the Motion Picture Academy for more than 20 years, revealed the inner workings of the Academy and how the Oscars are determined. He noted that the Academy is comprised of: 77% male, 94% white, 64% have never won an Oscar, 19% have been nominated, 14% have won an award, and 98% are over 40 years old. Each of the members belongs to a certain branch within the Academy and that branch is responsible for nominating the movies in that category. For example, the writing branch nominates screenplays. Dean Grogg, a member of the executive branch, also explained that in order to become a member of the Academy, two current members must nominate, and then the members vote whether or not to grant membership.
Dr. Grogg also explained that the film industry is a risky business. “The goal is to make a film that brings back more money than is spent filming, but that isn’t simple,” says Grogg. “A lot of the time, it’s all about the timing.” His first big independent film investment, Kiss of the Spider Woman, was released in July 1985. Generally, July was reserved for big studio releases, so Kiss of the Spider Woman garnered critics’ interest who were not writing about scandalous blockbusters. It went on to win Best Actor, Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay in the Academy Awards.
Dr. Grogg, the former dean of the school of Communication of the University of Miami, became dean of Adelphi’s College of Arts and Sciences in June 2011. He is a noted film producer whose financing and producing credits include Kiss of The Spider Woman and The Trip to Bountiful, both of which gained numerous Oscar nominations and wins. He has executive produced or produced numerous theatrical and television films, including DA, Patti Rocks and Spike of Bensonhurst. In 1989, he and Oscar-winning visual effects artist John Dykstra founded Magic Pictures, where Dean Grogg was involved in numerous visual effects productions, television commercials, large format presentations for theme parks and other productions. He has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences since 1986 and was the founding dean of the School of Filmmaking at the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Over the course of his career, Dean Grogg has won several prestigious awards, which includes being honored by the Directors of the Online News Association for his work to advance multimedia journalism in 2010; American Film Institute Board of Trustees in 2004 as the fourth “Master” teacher and filmmaker to lead the Conservatory since its founding in 1967; William R. Butler Award for Support of Student Government in 2006; and the Ray and Pat Browne Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the study of popular culture from the National Popular Culture Association in 2005.
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DSC_0247 Dean Sam L Grogg and Adelphi alumna and member of the Community Club of Garden City and Hempstead Program Committee Joan Kuster
DSC_0266 Adelphi alumna and member of the Community Club of Garden City and Hempstead Program Committee Joan Kuster introduces the speaker
DSC_0255 Ruth LaBosco and Kathy McCormick, General Program Co-Chairs, Community Club of Garden City and Hempstead
DSC_0301 Dean Sam L Grogg shares Best Picture Oscar Nominee Silver Linings Playbook’s marketing material
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