Foley mixer MaryJo Lang will be the recipient of the Cinema Audio Society’s President’s Award, which will be presented during the 55th annual CAS Awards on February 16 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. The award is presented at the discretion of the CAS president to an individual “who has been dedicated to the advancement of sound.” It was last given out in 2010.
“In the world of Foley mixing, MaryJo Lang has been a force of nature,” said CAS president Mark Ulano. “Her understanding of how to tell stories with sound has made her a filmmaker of iconic stature. Having worked on almost 300 projects in her extensive career and becoming the premier go-to person in Foley for her creative powers, Mary Jo Lang’s career represents a pinnacle achievement in the sound arts. Long ago, she broke down artificial barriers in a traditionally male dominated field with her spectacular ‘musicianship.’”
Now retired, Lang was a Foley mixer at Warner Bros. Studios for more than 25 years. Her many film credits include Gone Girl, Braveheart, The Matrix, The Dark Knight, Inception, The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She won three CAS Awards for Foley mixing on the Disney toons Frozen, Big Hero Six and Inside Out.
“Beyond her own prolific output,” Ulano said, “she has contributed to the larger Cinema Sound community by participating in executive leadership, long serving as a board member for the Cinema Audio Society and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sound Branch Executive Committee. Many mentees have had the great fortune of MaryJo ‘paying it forward’ as she has provided a nurturing spirit, repeating the mentoring she received along the way. I am delighted to place a spotlight on this amazing individual who has meant so much to so many people and who so fully deserves the Cinema Audio Society’s President’s Award as an acknowledgement of her many achievements.”