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Remembering John Halas

April 16th, 2012 · No Comments · Animation studios, British cinema, Documentary films, Filmmakers, Producers

Vivien Halas has posted this filmic remembrance of her father John Halas (1912-1995), who would have been 100 years old today. Halas, whose studio, Halas & Batchelor, made the first British animated feature, Animal Farm (1954), was obviously a seminal figure in British animation and also served as the founding president of ASIFA-International. The documentary […]

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A Dossier on the Animated Documentary

November 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · Documentary films

French trailer for Pequeñas Voces (Little Voices), a film about the lives of four Colombian children whose lives are interrupted by the arrival of armed men in their rural communities.   On the occasion of the French release of Jairo Carrillo et Oscar Andrade’s animated documentary, Pequeñas Voces (Little Voices), the AlloCiné website offers (in […]

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Max Fleischer Teaching Student Officers to Read Maps

September 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · American cinema, Animation history and criticism, Documentary films, Filmmakers

The above article from the December 1918 issue of Popular Science is about how a training film produced by “the Training Division of the War College, Mr. Max Fleischer, a former member of the Popular Science Monthly staff, devised for the General Staff the system that we illustrate.” During World War I Max Fleischer was […]

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Two Films Added to the New UK Memory of the World Register

July 18th, 2010 · No Comments · Awards, British cinema, Documentary films, Feature films

  The young David Lloyd George’s dream of David and Goliath in Maurice Elvey’s The Life Story of David Lloyd George. On July 14th, the UK’s National Commission for UNESCO announced the 10 items and collections to be included in its first UK Memory of the World Register, which follows in the footsteps of  UNESCO’s […]

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Waking Sleeping Beauty Screening at SCAD-Atlanta

April 12th, 2010 · No Comments · Animation studios, Documentary films, Film history and criticism

A free preview screening of Waking Sleeping Beauty, Don Hahn’s documentary on the Disney animation renaissance that started in the 1980s will be held at the Atlanta campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design, 1600 Peachtree St., in Event Space 4C, on Wednesday, April 14th, at 7:00 PM. The film will be presented […]

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Norman McLaren’s Films Added to the UNESCO Memory of the World Register

August 5th, 2009 · No Comments · Awards, Canadian cinema, Documentary films, Film history and criticism, Filmmakers, Short films

As the CBC reports, “The UNESCO Memory of the World Register has selected McLaren’s films to be held in its heritage collection of the most significant world cultural artifacts. “McLaren’s Oscar-winning anti-war film Neighbours is among 82 films and 52 film tests to be preserved.” The Memory of the World program is aimed at the […]

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Pequeñas Voces (Born Under Fire)

July 29th, 2009 · No Comments · Documentary films

Cartoon Brew’s Amid Amidi has posted this trailer for Eduardo Carrillo’s forthcoming Pequeñas Voces (Little Voices/Born Under Fire), a feature animated documentary about the ongoing guerrilla war in Columbia. The film’s website describes it as: … an animated documentary based on interviews and drawing workshops with a new generation of children (8 to 13 years […]

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Fatenah

July 17th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Documentary films, Politics, Short films

I’m a bit late on this, but I think it important to take note of Fatenah, the new Palestinian animated documentary, which Erika Solomon at Reuters described on July 3rd as: The true story of a young Gazan woman’s futile battle against breast cancer has been commemorated in the first-ever Palestinian animated commercial film. “Fatenah” […]

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Ari Folman on Funding Animated Documentaries

December 24th, 2008 · No Comments · Documentary films, Feature films

Although animated documentaries are one of the most exciting areas of filmmaking today, in an interview for Comingsoon.net, Waltz with Bashir director Ari Forman in discussing the problems getting funding, notes, The problem was clearing the film as an animated documentary. This was the main problem, because people sit in documentary funds, they get 10 […]

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Waltz with Bashir

May 18th, 2008 · No Comments · Documentary films, Israeli cinema

Last year, Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical Persepolis grabbed the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, helping to launch it on the road to international fame. It also brought a greater realization that animated films could be taken as seriously as their live-action brethren. Now, with Satrapi serving on this year’s Cannes jury,  Waltz With Bashir, […]

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Persepolis

January 31st, 2008 · No Comments · Documentary films, Feature films

Persepolis, directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud based on Satrapi’s series of four autobiographical graphic novels, has just opened here in Atlanta after earning considerable praise elsewhere. These include nominations for Best Animated Feature Oscar and Annie Award, a Special Jury Prize at Cannes, and being the official French entry for the Best Foreign […]

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