The Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG) will honor veteran sound re-recording mixer Lee Dichter, CAS, with its prestigious Fellowship and Service Award. This is the first time the award ceremony will be held on the East Coast at The Sheraton New York at Times Square on October 20, 2018.
“It is an enormous pleasure for commented Alan Heim, ACE, President of the Editors Guild. “I am delighted that the Guild is bringing the award to New York at last to honor so important a member of our community, thereby demonstrating that we are truly a national union.
“I had the good fortune to work with Lee on a number of films when I was based in New York for the first half of my career,” Heim continued. “I found him to be an incredibly talented and generous artist, always striving to deliver the best film possible while working calmly in sometimes stressful environments. In addition, he was a strong union supporter throughout his career.”
The Fellowship and Service Award was established 11 years ago by the Guild’s Board of Directors to recognize an individual who embodies the values the Guild holds most dear: Professionalism, Collaboration, Mentorship, Generosity of Spirit and a Commitment to the Labor Movement. Previous recipients of this distinguished honor include Donn Cambern, ACE; Dede Allen, ACE; IATSE International President Emeritus Thomas C. Short; Carol Littleton, ACE; Don Hall; Donald O. Mitchell; Joseph A. Aredas; and Lillian E. Benson, ACE.
“Lee Dichter and his body of work are just what the Fellowship and Service Award Committee was established to acknowledge,” said Sharon Smith Holley, committee co-chair. “Especially important to the Guild is his dedication to the labor movement.”
Added fellow co-chair Jeffrey Burman, “As a mainstay at New York’s premier mixing house, Sound One, Lee was instrumental in making sure the facility was a union shop — which makes it particularly meaningful for the Guild to hold the award ceremony on the East Coast, where Lee has made such an impact.”