The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television honored legendary film and television producer Jerry Bruckheimer at the opening of its month-long film festival, The Heat is On: A Jerry Bruckheimer Film Festival, over the weekend.
The month long film festival pays tribute to the outstanding contributions Bruckheimer has made throughout his career. The weekend’s event included a screening of the digitally remastered Top Gun followed by a discussion with Bruckheimer and Deadline’s Peter Bart. Afterwards, guests were treated to a reception which included Jerry and Linda Bruckheimer, Gore and Clayton Verbinksi, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Top Gun’s Barry Tubb and many more.
The festival takes place this month at UCLA’s Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood Village and is presented in association with Paramount Pictures and UCLA Film & Television Archive. It opened on Friday with the Oscar-winning action drama Top Gun (1986) followed by a Q&A with Jerry Bruckheimer. The festival will also feature other acclaimed favorites such as Enemy of the State (1989), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), The Rock (1996), Armageddon (1998), Flashdance (1983), Crimson Tide (1995), Black Hawk Down (2001), American Gigolo (1980) and Beverly Hills Cop (1984).
Jerry Bruckheimer has produced nearly 50 feature films and is one of the most successful producers of all time. He is the first producer in Hollywood history to produce the two highest-grossing films during a single weekend, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Bad Boys II. His films and television programs have received 43 Academy Award nominations and six Oscars, 127 Emmy nominations and 23 Emmys, 23 Golden Globe nominations and four Golden Globes, and many other awards. In addition to numerous awards for his contributions to motion pictures and television, Bruckheimer is the first producer to be honored with an American Cinematheque Award, along with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and hand and footprints immortalized in front of the famed Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.