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Pepperdine Libraries Unveils 'Hollywood Visionaries and Beyond' Exhibit Featuring Photography of Leigh Wiener

As part of its Fall 2013 series Hollywood Visionaries and Beyond, Pepperdine University will host an exhibit of photography and memorabilia from the golden age of Hollywood in Payson Library from October 1 through December 20, 2013. The event is made possible through the generous support of the Brenden Mann Foundation, celebrating the legacy of Hollywood producer and theater magnate Ted Mann. The exhibit and accompanying film screenings and panel discussions are free and open to the public.

"We are delighted to be working with Pepperdine on this important project," said Johnny Brenden, president of the Brenden Mann Foundation. "We view this as a way to honor the legacy of my grandfather, Ted Mann, and the other Hollywood visionaries who paved the way for the industry we have today." Ted Mann was one of America's premiere film exhibitors, growing the Mann Theatres to 450 screens nationwide including the iconic Mann's Chinese Theatre.

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The Payson exhibit will feature select photos from noted photographer and photojournalist Leigh Wiener. During his 50-year career, Wiener photographed Hollywood studio moguls and legends alike and his work is now housed in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery and several national museums. Wiener went on to become a staff photographer at the Los Angeles Times and was a freelance photographer for Life, Time, and others.

"We hope our Visionaries series will challenge stereotypes and open doors to discussions of faith and identity," said Mark Roosa, dean of Pepperdine University Libraries. "Framed by popular portrayals in media and film, we will explore the place of Jews in American life, the relation between Jews and secular society, and Jewish-Christian relations."

An opening reception will be hosted at Payson Library on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 5:00 p.m. In addition to the library exhibit, the Visionaries series also includes the following public film screenings and panel discussions:

American Dreams and the Big Screen 
October 1, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Payson Library, Pepperdine University, Malibu campus

Jewish Humor in the TV Writers' Room: Screening of My Favorite Year with Norman Steinberg
October 15, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Elkins Auditorium, Pepperdine University, Malibu campus

From Draculas to Dybbuks: The Laemmle Families and Universal's Horror Films
October 29, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Elkins Auditorium, Pepperdine University, Malibu campus

Leaning In: Honoring the Next Wave of Jewish Women in Entertainment
November 16, 2013
School of Law, Pepperdine University, Malibu campus

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About the Brenden Mann Foundation
The Brenden Mann Foundation was established by theater entrepreneur Johnny Brenden, whose grandfather Ted Mann founded Mann Theatres. As a devoted philanthropist and Hollywood legend, Ted Mann contributed to a variety of charities during his lifetime through the efforts of his own family foundation. Johnny Brenden continues to build upon his grandfather's philanthropic spirit and generous heart through the Brenden Mann Foundation. Based in Las Vegas, the Brenden Mann Foundation supports numerous arts, education, health, social service and religious organizations worldwide with special emphasis in Minnesota and Southern Nevada and California. The ongoing mission of the Brenden Mann Foundation is to continue the Mann family tradition of giving back to the community and making a positive difference in the lives of others.

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