Canadian Animators to Draw Attention at Academy Event
Beverly Hills, CA (RUSHPRNEWS) September 19, 2007â€” Some of the most talented women in animation will take the stage for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts andÂ Sciencesâ€™ 11th Marc Davis Celebration of Animation. â€œCanadian Women in Animation,â€ presented in cooperation with the National Film Board of Canada, will take place on Wednesday, October 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academyâ€™s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. OscarÂ® nominees Janet Perlman, Caroline Leaf, Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis and Academy AwardÂ® winner Torill Kove will introduce their short films, then participate in a group panel discussion moderated by animation critic Charles Solomon.
â€œCanadian Women in Animationâ€ will explore the unique and personal visual styles of the five Academy Award-nominated filmmakers, who all work in Canada. The evening will illuminate not only each individualâ€™s approach to animation, but also the collective contributions that the National Film Board of Canada â€“ and particularly its women animators â€“ have made to the art form. The panelistsâ€™ Oscar-nominated and winning films to be screened are:
â€œThe Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguinâ€ (1981), produced and directed by Perlman, is a fresh look at a centuries-old tale, using a medieval style of illustration to animate the story of Cinderella Penguin, who loses her magic flipper. The film was produced using traditional cel animation.
â€œThe Streetâ€ (1976), directed by Leaf, offers an interpretation of a short story by Mordecai Richler about a family dealing with an old and infirm relative. The film was produced using tempera mixed with oil on glass.
â€œWhen the Day Breaksâ€ (1999), directed by Tilby and Forbis, tells the bittersweet tale of Ruby the pig, whose life takes an unexpected turn after she witnesses the accidental death of a stranger. The exquisitely crafted four-year labor of love uses pencil and paint on photocopies, giving the film a textured look reminiscent of a flickering newsreel.
â€œThe Danish Poetâ€ (2006), directed by Kove, won the Academy Award for Animated Short Film. The film follows Kasper, a poet who goes on holiday to Norway to meet the famous writer Sigrid Undset. â€œThe Danish Poetâ€ was created from pencil drawings that were digitally scanned and colored, and features backgrounds enhanced with oil-painted skies by Montreal artist Anne Ashton.
Tickets for â€œCanadian Women in Animationâ€ are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, by mail, or in person at the Academy box office during regular business hours.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600.
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