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LSI conference to feature Oscar winner Ang Lee

The inaugural Light and Sound Interactive—known as LSI—will feature Ang Lee, the two-time Oscar Award-winning director of “Life of Pi” and “Brokeback Mountain,” officials announced Tuesday.

Lee will be a keynote presenter on Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. He will also be joined by Oscar-nominated film editor Tim Squyres and technical supervisor Ben Gervais.

The trio will present scenes from Lee’s 3D, 120 frame-per-second (fps) feature film, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.”

During the day on Sept. 12, excerpts from “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” will be screened with multiple repeats at Cinemark Tinseltown theaters in Gates; seating is limited and registration for the conference is required, according to officials.

Oscar Award-winning visual effects supervisor Rob Legato, who won Oscars for “Titanic,” “Hugo,” and “The Jungle Book,” will be presenting another major keynote on Thursday morning, Sept. 14, at the convention center as well.

“To have two major Oscar winners, Ang Lee and Rob Legato, participate in our first-ever Light and Sound Interactive event is incredible and speaks volumes about LSI focusing on the right topics, at the right time, and in the right city,” said Paul Ballentine, LSI producer and executive director of the Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences (CEIS) at the University of Rochester in a statement. “We are thrilled to have them, and are excited to hear their unique perspectives on the art and science of filmmaking.”

LSI will focus on light- and sound-based technologies and their applications into some of the fastest growing markets in the world, officials said.

It will be held from Sept. 12-14, at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center and Hyatt Regency in downtown Rochester. The three-day conference and expo will be free for all who register online.

Follow Kerry Feltner on Twitter: @KerryFeltner

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