Kirk Francis

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Kirk Francis
Born (1947-08-27) August 27, 1947 (age 67)
Oakland, California, United States
Occupation Sound engineer
Years active 1972 – present

Kirk H. Francis (born August 27, 1947) is a production sound mixer in the motion picture industry.

Francis has been recording sound since 1968, specializing in motion picture production sound since 1969. He has mixed production sound for over 60 films, including 12 Years a Slave, Bull Durham, Under Fire, Wonder Boys, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Sleepless in Seattle, Tin Cup, and I Dismember Mama.

He won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Sound for The Bourne Ultimatum,[1] and has won two BAFTA awards, for The Bourne Ultimatum in 2008[2] and LA Confidential in 1998 [1]. For LA Confidential he also received an Academy Award nomination in 1998.[3] He has received three Cinema Audio Society Award nominations for his work on LA Confidential, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum.

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In lieu of college, Francis hitch-hiked in 1967 to Goa, India, where he ran a small export business. Upon his return to the US in 1968, he began his career in sound. He is an environmental activist who helped spearhead the saving of the Putney Woods on Whidbey Island, Washington from certain clear cutting and development. His wife Leslie Larch was once a can-can dancer at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, France. They live on the Big Island of Hawai'i.

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