It is a great honor for me to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's International Film & Television Showcase, it only saddens me that my husband, Tony Blanco, cannot be with me to share this moment, as he would be as honored and proud as I am.
I congratulate you on the beautiful initiative to support and celebrate the dedication, passion and integrity of women in film everywhere, and I thank TheWIFTS Board for considering me worthy of this precious award. I am very sorry to be unable to receive it in person. Thank you!
THE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION SHOWCASE
DEC 5th 2015 WEST HOLLYWOOD
Passion & Integrity Commerce & Creativity Equality Not Hierarchy
For her body of work as a Foley Artist spanning 23 years working on films such as Captain America: The First Avenger, and television series most recently television series such as Flesh and Bone, Pamela Kahn is the recipient of TheWIFTS Sound Award 2015.
Sound is an intricate element in a film, an element that is taken for granted. The sound department on a film is composed of many artists, each essential to achieve the perfect tone the director requires in any frame of the film. It's an area which is underrepresented with women in the film and television business.
Pamela Kahn was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and moved to Northridge, California with her family when she was eleven years old. As an adult, her sister Patricia Nedd, and Alyson Moore, introduced her to the post-production sound world of Foley, taking her on as an intern, and gave her excellent training in the art and performance of Foley.
Pam is proud to have worked with and learned from some of the legendary Foley artists in Los Angeles. The Foley world is constantly evolving and is a continual learning process which makes the job a fun challenge every day. Encouraging new recruits into this area of the business Pam also works with and has worked counselling many interns who are interested in working in post-production sound at both Sony and Universal Studios.
Kahn's work as a Foley artist spans 20 years at Sony Pictures Studios and at Universal Studios for the last 3 years. Her many movie credits include: Blood Diamond, The Passion of the Christ, Ted, Superbad, Captain America, Talladega Nights, Pineapple Express, The Holiday, Soul Surfer, Eat Pray Love, The Legend of Zorro, Good Night, and Good Luck, and Easy A. She has also worked on many television shows, including: Chicago Fire, Grimm, Girls, Banshee, The Walking Dead, Halt and Catch Fire, Brooklyn 99, Blackish, Rectify, and the ballet-based Flesh and Bone.
An animal lover, Pam lives in Sherman Oaks with her husband, Jeff, and their two dogs and four cats. Together they have volunteered at many Los Angeles County shelter pet adoption days and have helped many animals find their forever homes.
Pamela Kahn has two sisters who are also in the film business, Patricia Nedd who is a Foley artist, and Priscilla Friendly a film editor, who live in the Los Angeles area with their families. Her other sibling, her brother Mike Barty, is a retired fire chief and lives with his family in Oregon.
Travel, meeting new people and experiencing the outdoors are also passions of Pam, and she makes the time and has visited many of the National Parks and big cities in the United States, along with travelling to many European countries.
Pamela Kahn has been nominated for many sound awards and has won a Golden Reel Award from the MPSE for an episode of The Walking Dead.
The Golden Reel Awards are the industry awards from the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE). Founded in 1953, the organization is dedicated to improving the recognition of its members by educating the public and the rest of the filmmaking community as to the artistic merit of sound editing. The efforts of our talented and hard-working members can be heard every hour of the day all over the world. MPSE members are the artists who sculpt dramatic sound effects and invent new sounds for imaginary worlds. In addition to sound effects editors, members also include Foley editors who edit the specially created sound effects performed to the picture that are so frequently taken for granted as a natural part of the scene, including footsteps, key jingles, leather jacket squeaks and so on. Dialogue editors are the craftspeople who painstakingly smooth out the production sound recorded on location. ADR editors help to seamlessly weave the re-recorded dialogue that replaces problematic tracks. Music editors work with composers and music supervisors to spot cues and stitch together a sonic tapestry from the original score and prerecorded music from various sources.