Ottawa 98 Tributes
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The time is right for the first ever retrospective of this acclaimed Russian
animation. Not only is Kovalyov a member of the Ottawa 98 jury, but his
work is in many ways very Estonian influenced. Kovalyov is a founder of
Moscow's celebrated, Pilot studios and he currently works at Klasky-Csupo.
The programme will include a look at Kovalyov's independent films (Hen,
His Wife, Bird in The Window, Andrei Svislotski) and his work with Klasky-Csupo
(Real Monsters, Rugrats).
(curated by Gene Walz)
"After a twenty year career as a newspaper cartoonist and graphic
illustrator, Charlie Thorson left his hometown of Winnipeg to find work
at Disney studios in 1934. From then until he quit the animation business
for children's book writing and illustrating, the peripatetic Thorson worked
for virtually every _animation factory' in the US. He was much in demand
as a character designer, creating hundreds of cartoon kids and anthropomorphic
animals. Among his favourites were: Elmer Elephant and Little Hiawatha
(Disney), Old Smokey (MGM), Bugs Bunny, Sniffles The Mouse, Elmer Fudd
(Warner), and Twinkletoes (Fleischer)."
(curated by Otto Alder)
Born in Sverdlovsk in 1954, Karaev is a graduate of the sverdlovsk Institute
of architecture with degree in industrial art. He designed new forms of
industrial equipment for engineering works and consumer goods, made illustrations
for text-books had humourous cartoons published in the daily press.
In 1981, graduated from the Fedor Chitruk Studio of the Moscow advanced
courses for script- writers and film directors, and has been working at
Sverdlovsk film studio since 1982 as an animation artist and director of
animation films. He is a participant and prize winner of many festivals
around the world. Karaev developed his unique artistical style and belongs
to one of the most interesting contemporary Russian animation artists.
He has a international reputation in the field of animation art.
Currently he makes advertising films. Karaev is a merited artist of the
Russi federation and state prize winner. His films include: Welcome, Inmates
of the Old House, I Can Hear You, As You Like It.
(curated by Chris Robinson)
one of the finest animators to emerge from Poland, Stefan Schabenbeck remains
a virtual unknown internationally. In fact, this is the first international
retrospective of Schabenbeck's work. The combination of a short career
(he stopped making independent films in the 1970) and the emergence of
such acclaimed talents like Walerian Borocwyxk, Jerzy Kucia, and Piotr
Dumala has led to the unfortunate oversight of this talented artist.
The common thread of Schabenbeck's films is the alienation of modern society
in an increasingly technological world. And while on the surface, this
theme seems somewhat overdone today, Schabenbeck's films are unique in
their grace, wit, and despite the somber themes, an ultimately positive
view of the future. This retrospective will feature all of Schabenbeck's
personal films including: Everything is a Number, Exclamation Mark, The
Stairs, The Drought, The Wind, and The Invasion. Mr. Schabenbeck will be
in attendance to introduce the programme and discuss his career.
(curated by Marc Glassman)
An on-going fascination with the elements that make up an animated film
places Paul Driessen more in the camp of Michael Snow than Walt Disney.
His characters continually butt into and out of the frame, often questioning
the meaning of the stories they are in. Driessen's masterpiece, The End
of The World In Four Seasons, presents a storyboard gone awry: divided
into four mini-screens, his seasonal creations are buffeted by events taking
place above, below and beside them.
This philosophical Dutchman became acquainted with the National Film Board
while animating Yellow Submarine in London for Canadian expatriate George
Dunning. After a five year stint at the NFB in the early _70s, Driessen
began to divide his creative time between Holland and Canada, making provocative
animated works in both countries. It's a practice he continues to this
day. This retrospective will feature such characteristically extraordinary
works as Oh What A Knight, Uncles and Aunts, and The Same Old Story.
Tashlin (curated by Mark Langer)
Frank Tashlin had the rare distinction of being a seminal figure in both
animation and the live-action film. Beginning with his employment as an
office boy at the Out of the Inkwell Studio, Tashlin's animation career
touched on almost every major studio in America. His most important work
took place in the 1930s and 40s, when Tashlin wrote, directed or produced
films at Warner Bros., Disney, and Columbia. One of the key figures in
the aesthetic and narrative revolution in studio animation of the period,
Tashlin's films experimented with Eisensteinian editing techniques, modernist
graphics and scathing social satire. Later hailed by directors from Jean
Luc Godard to Jerry Lewis as a major influence on their work, this OIAF
retrospective salutes the art of this seminal American filmmaker.
Live-Action Tashlin (French)
In conjunction with our Frank Tashlin animation retrospective, we will
be presenting a special screening of two of Frank Tashlin's most "animated"
live action films, The Girl Can't Help It and Will Success Spoil
The Animated Films of Mary Ellen Bute (curated by Wendy Jackson)
Mary Ellen Bute (1906-1983) was one of the first abstract filmmakers in
the United States. This programme will showcase several films including
Rhythm in Light (1934) which was screened at Radio City Music Hall; Spook
Sport (1939), created in collaboration with animator Norman McLaren; and
Abstronic (1952), the first film to use electronically-generated images
(tracing sounds waves on an adapted oscilloscope). Cecile Starr, author
of Experimental Animation: Origins of a New Art, and the leading authority
on Mary Ellen Bute, is scheduled to introduce the films and to share rare
footage of the artist, from the collection of The Women's Independent Film