Conversations, Volume 6: Jim Hewitt
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Join host Allen Maniker as he interviews Jim Hewitt, an Art Directors Guild award-winning set designer who worked on Life of Pi, The Mandalorian, Spider Man, and more.
Jim Hewitt is an Art Director’s Guild award-winning set designer who has worked on a multitude of blockbusters including “Spider-Man Far From Home”, “Life of Pi” (Ang Lee), “Lincoln” (Steven Spielberg), “The Hunger Games” franchise, “Us” (Jordan Peele), “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”, “The Avengers” “Live by Night” (Ben Affleck), “Feud: Bette and Joan” and many more. His upcoming credits include season two of “The Mandalorian” based on the Star Wars universe, “Jungle Cruise” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt, and “Yellowstone” starring Kevin Costner. Hewitt also parlays his expertise into the world of theme park design yearly on Universal Studios’ extraordinarily successful Halloween Horror Nights. His photographs of Egyptian architecture were published as “The Egypt Visual Sourcebook: For Artists, Architects and Designers” by the American University in Cairo Press. His comprehensive guide for the movie industry is also a coffee table book for travel lovers. Hewitt is originally from Hanford, California and graduated with a degree in architecture from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona.
Allen Maniker, M.D. is a graduate of the Juilliard School with a BFA in dance. He went on to perform with Bat Dor of Israel, The Joyce Trisler Danscompany, The Sophie Maslow Dance Company, a guest season with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and several other New York contemporary dance companies. After finishing his performing career, he went on to obtain an M.D. degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit Michigan, his hometown. He recently retired as Chairman of Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital and Professor of Neurosurgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He currently works as a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and he is on the Board of the Martha Hill Dance Fund as well as Chairman of the Board of the Steps Beyond Foundation.