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Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

Festival of National Film Board Animation At the National Gallery of Canada

Ottawa, Canada - September 23, 1999

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On Saturday 2 October 1999, from noon to 10:30 pm, the National Gallery of Canada, in collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada, presents Animart, a free festival of animated films, demonstrations, and special workshops on animation.
A program of recently produced animated films, organized by the Gallery in celebration of the National Film Board's 60th anniversary, will be presented in the Gallery's Auditorium. The films have been selected to reflect the wide range of animation techniques and the vast array of subjects, both humourous and more serious, explored at the National Film Board. Highlights include a number of award-winning productions including La plante humaine by Pierre Hébert, Shui-Bo Wang's Sunrise over Tiananmen Square, When the Day Breaks by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis, winner of a Palme d'Or at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, as well as the winner of the International Film Critics Award at the 1999 World Film Festival in Montreal, Village of Idiots by Eugene Fedorenko and Rose Newlove.

The film schedule is divided into screenings for children and adults. Two afternoon programs for children will be offered in French at 1 and 3 pm, and in English at 2 and 4 pm, while three bilingual evening programs for adults will be presented at 7, 8, and 9 pm. A schedule of films and activities is attached.

Workshops and demonstrations on animation and new media techniques will continue throughout the afternoon in the Gallery's Tour Group Lobby. Well-known animators including Co Hoedeman (Ludovic - The Snow Gift), Cilia Sawadogo (The Cora Player) and Louise Johnson (When the Dust Settles), will be on hand to present them. Artissimo, the Gallery's family art activity kiosk will be located in the Tour Group Lobby for the day, and will feature animation related demonstrations for young children.

Although there is no charge for the workshops, registration is required. Please call 998-8888 or 1-888-541-8888 to register. General information on Animart is available by calling (613) 990-1985, or consult the Gallery's Web site at http://national.gallery.ca/. More information about individual productions and about the film makers can be obtained at the National Film Board's Web site at http://www.nfb.ca.

Animart Festival - Program of Films, Demonstrations, and Workshops
Daytime Screenings for Children. In the Auditorium.

2 - 3 pm

Tell me a story!
Gentle, touching, engaging and funny stories brought to life through the art of animation. For children ages 4 and up in English or without words

With Grandma 1999, 8 min, Françoise Hartmann, director / without words
Ludovic - The Snow Gift 1998, 14 min 12 sec, Co Hoedeman, director / in English
How Dinosaurs Learned to Fly 1995, 5 min 58 sec, Munro Ferguson, director / in English
Snow Cat 1998, 22 min 58 sec, Sheldon Cohen, director / in English

4 - 5 pm

Think about it!
Daring to make something new, patching up a quarrel, asking yourself about violence in the media, appreciating others' differences and troubles are some of the topics addressed in these lively and thoughtful pieces. For children ages 10 and up / In English or without words

Taa Tam 1995, 9 min 57 sec, André Leduc, director / without words
When the Dust Settles 1997, 7 min 11 sec, Louise Johnson, director / without words
The Cora Player 1996, 7 min 05 sec, Cilia Sawadogo, director / without words
Dinner for Two 1996, 7 min 15 sec, Janet Perlman, director / without words
Watching TV 1994, 4 min 57 sec, Christopher Hinton, director / without words
The Tournament 1995, 6 min 31 sec, Francine Desbiens, director / in English
The Dead Tree 1999, 10 min 59 sec, Vincent Gauthier, director / in English
Ex-child 1994, 4 min 57 sec, Jacques Drouin, director / in English

Demonstrations

Meet the animators and see how they work. In the Tour Group Lobby.

12 - 5 pm
Make a flipbook animation with Lois Segal, Artissimo kiosk. For the very young.

1 pm and 3 pm
Demonstrations by Louise Johnson, director of When the Dust Settles, in English. For ages 8 and up.

2 pm and 4 pm
Demonstrations by Cilia Sawadogo, director of The Cora Player, in French. For ages 8 and up.

1, 2, 3, and 4 pm
Demonstrations by Co Hoedeman, director of Ludovic and The Snow Gift, bilingual. For ages 8 and up.

Evening screenings for adults. In the Auditorium.

7 - 8 pm

Art and Illusion, Art and Delusion
From sublime to ridiculous, from pretentious to humble, from beautiful to bizarre, from heart-rending to horrifying, this program explores the fringes of possibility in animation.

M.C. Escher: Sky and Water 1998, 3 min 25 sec, Gayle Thomas, director / without words
Under the Weather 1997, 6 min 10 sec, Tali, director / without words
How Wings Are Attached to the Backs of Angels 1996, 11 min 05 sec, Craig Welch, director / without words
Frank the Wrabbit 9 min 07 sec, John Weldon, director / in English
When the Day Breaks 1999, 8 min, Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis, directors / without words
The Threshold 1998, 7 min 53 sec, Suzanne Gervais, director / without words
Transfigured 1998, 5 min 30 sec, Stephen Arthur, director / without words

8 - 9 pm

Where do we go from here?
Innovative approaches to animation combine with environmental, political and/or philosophical explorations.


Divine Fate 1993, 10 min 45 sec, Ishu Patel, director / in English
The End of the World in Four Seasons 1995, 12 min 57 sec, Paul Driessen, director / without words
Sunrise over Tiananmen Square 1998, 29 min 25 sec, Shui-Bo Wang, director / in English

9:15 - 11:00 pm

Lives Lived -- Introduced by Pierre Hébert
These highly inventive animators explore wide-ranging views that seem to take the span of a lifetime into consideration. Pierre Veilleux questions human folly and ambition, while Eugene Fedorenko and Rose Newlove explore a quest for knowledge that shows up our tendency to romanticize what we don't have. Pierre Hébert, who will introduce the program, wonders at the contemporary problem of making sense in a world bombarded by images.

The Lighthouse 1997, 8 min 6 sec, Pierre Veilleux, director / without words
Village of Idiots 1999, 12 min 41 sec, Eugene Fedorenko and Rose Newlove, directors / in English
La Plante humaine 1997, 78 min, Pierre Hébert, director / in French with English sub-titles
 
 
 
 
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