RIP Ray Dolby, Pioneering Sound Engineer

Ray Dolby (1933-2013) at the San Francisco Film Society Awards Night, May 7, 2013. Recipient of the inaugural Gearge Gund III Award for lifetime achievement in cinema.  PHOTO: Pamela Gentile

Ray Dolby (1933-2013) at the San Francisco Film Society Awards Night, May 7, 2013. Recipient of the inaugural Gearge Gund III Award for lifetime achievement in cinema.  PHOTO: Pamela Gentile

When I think of movies, the Dolby logo comes up in front of my face, but what is unique about him is that he took what was everyday in film - sound - and made it extraordinary.
— Ted Hope, SF Film Society Executive Director

George, Sean & Willie Welcome the Annual SFIFF UFO

George Gund III was an avid film lover and distinguished philanthropist, and his unwavering support of the San Francisco Film Society spanned more than four decades. He led SFFS and its annual San Francisco International Film Festival into a period of unprecedented growth and success, resulting in a robust year-round cultural organization that now reaches more cinema enthusiasts and supports more filmmakers than any other time in its history.

Just for fun, George joined Sean Penn, San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and Bay Area writer Armistead Maupin in making a cameo appearance in the 41st San Francisco International Film Festival trailer at Tosca Cafe.

And just so you know - The press conference for our 56th San Francisco Interplanetary Film Festival is just a few days away (April 2)!!

SFIFF56 In-Depth: Honoring An Audio Tech Pioneer

The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Ray Dolby, inventor of numerous recording technologies and founder of local industry powerhouse Dolby Laboratories, will be the recipient of the George Gund III Award at Film Society Awards Night during the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 25–May 9). The George Gund III Award, given in tribute to the longstanding Film Society chairman of the board who passed away earlier this year, honors a worthy member of the filmmaking community for their outstanding and unique contributions to the art of cinema.

Ray Dolby, founder and director emeritus of Dolby Laboratories, pioneers Dolby’s work in noise reduction and later in surround sound has earned extensive recognition worldwide. He holds more than 50 U.S. patents, and has received many accolades for his work, among them an Academy Award for Scientific or Technical achievement and an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

George Gund III (1937–2013)