SF – PIG: The Dam Keeper Poems Screening

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Join SFFILM Education and Academy Award nominated animation studio Tonko House on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM for a special Bay Area premiere screening of their newest work PIG: The Dam Keeper Poems, and a book signing of their debut graphic novel The Dam Keeper. Since 2014, SFFILM Education has been proud to support and showcase the beautiful filmmaking and storytelling from this local treasure of the independent animation community, founded by former Pixar art directors Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi. This event, perfect for educators, families (with children ages 5 and up), and fans of independent animation will feature a screening of the new work, a Q & A and behind the scenes peek into the making of the series with a live drawing demo, and a meet & greet session where attendees will have an opportunity to get autographs and photos with our guests. Just in time for the holidays and last minute present buying, Tonko House will also have a number of unique items for sale, including their brand new graphic novel, written and illustrated by Robert and Dice. All children in attendance will also be eligible for a free raffle of a few special items, including a signed drawing from Erick Oh.

About the series:

In Tonko House’s first short-form series, written and directed by Erick Oh, we see how Pig remembers becoming the Dam Keeper. Seen through Pig’s youthful perspective, the visuals are abstract and surreal, but the source of his pain and his joy are clear. Produced in both Berkeley and Tokyo by a variety of international and domestic artists, the series showcases Tonko House’s global community through a story featuring universal themes, such as family, grief, responsibility, and growing up. The series is made up of over 31,000 frames, all individually hand drawn and painted.

Space is limited, so click here to reserve your FREE ticket today…

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Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-6120

SF – The Dam Keeper Signing

Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi appear at Kinokuniya in San Francisco on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 2:00 PM to sign the new graphic novel adaptation of THE DAM KEEPER! 

Based on the Oscar-nominated animated short film of the same name, The Dam Keeper is a lush, vibrantly drawn graphics novel series by animation studio Tonko House co-founders Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi.

In early 2012, art directors Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo found themselves searching for ways to expand upon their filmmaking experience in Pixar’s art department. They decided to write and direct an independent animated short film together. The film, The Dam Keeper, was an 18-minute short that garnered an Academy Award Nomination.

About the Author:
Robert Kondo lends his unique design sensibilities and passion for storytelling to The Dam Keeper. Originally from Southern California, Robert graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and has worked at Oblique Strategies and Angel Studios. Robert’s film credits include Sets Art Director for RatatouilleToy Story 3, and most recently Monsters University.

Daisuke ‘Dice’ Tsutsumi, originally from Japan, is a celebrated illustrator, painter and philanthropist. Dice’s paintings have exhibited around the world, and in 2009, his first children’s book ‘I Can Hear’ was published in Japan. A graduate from The School of Visual Arts in New York, Dice has worked as a visual development/color key artist at Blue Sky Studios on Ice AgeRobots and Horton Hears a Who! His credits at Pixar Animation include Lighting Art Director for Toy Story 3 and Monsters University. Dice is passionate about charity work and spearheaded both The Totoro Forest Project and Sketchtravel.

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Kinokuniya Bookstore
1581 Webster St, San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 567-7625

NY – Isla Fisher Signing

Actress Isla Fisher (Rise of the Guardians, Wedding Crashers, The Great Gatsby) appears at Book Revue on Monday, October 2nd at 7pm and will be speaking about and signing copies of her debut children’s novel, Marge in Charge.

Meet Marge, the mischievous babysitter with rainbow hair who loves to make a mess and bend the rules . . . At dinnertime, Chef Marge cooks up chocolate soup, and at school Marge the Musician conducts a chaotic concert in the playground! Jake and Jemima have brilliant fun with their new babysitter, but will they manage to tick off all the jobs on Mummy’s list? Three fresh, fun and family-friendly MARGE stories from A-list actress, mother, writer and comedian Isla Fisher.

IMPORTANT!
All books signed at Book Revue events must be purchased at Book Revue. If you purchase the book prior to the event please save your Book Revue receipt. If you have purchased the book from somewhere else you can still get your book signed, we just ask that you make a purchase in our store of equal or greater value to that of the book.

Book Revue
313 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
631-271-1442

MA – Blue Sky Lecture

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Animation Artist William H. Frake III appears on Thursday, July 21, 5:30

Join us for an engaging evening of conversation with William H. Frake III, an innovative artist who will create drawings on the spot as he shares stories of his extraordinary career in animation—from the art of the traditional cel to the digital world.

During his outstanding career, William H. Frake III has worked as a layout and story artist on many animation projects for television and feature length films. Alvin and the Chipmunks, Cabbage Patch Kids, Scooby Doo Meets the Boo Brothers, Pound Puppies, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Muppet Babies, Hercules, Pocahontas, the Ice Age series, Robots, Horton Hears a Who!, and Rio, are among his many credits.

The evening talk is presented as part of the Museum’s “Blue Sky & Beyond” summer program series, that celebrates the art of visual storytelling and the contributions of noted American illustrators and filmmakers. These visionaries combine artistry and technology to create compelling new realities.

A reception with the artist will follow the program. Free for members, or with Museum admission.

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

MA – Blue Sky & Beyond Lecture

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Art Director Thomas Cardone speaks on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 5:30 p.m!

Learn about the art of visual storytelling with Blue Sky Studios’ Art Director Thomas Cardone! With credits ranging from Aladdin and Beauty and The Beast to Ice Age: The Meltdown and Rio, Cardone may seem high-tech, but he speaks passionately about timeless craftsmanship. Discover what it takes it create the overall look and feel for some of your favorite animated films.

About Thomas Cardone

A gifted painter and draughtsman, Thomas Cardone has been working in animation and special effects for more than twenty years. Before art directing Rio, Horton Hears a Who!, and Ice Age: The Meltdown for Blue Sky Studios, he created imagery for many other films, including The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Prince and the Pauper, Pocahontas, Hercules, and The Emperor’s New Grove, among many others. Cardone is also an outstanding plein air painter who creates luminous artworks inspired by the waterfront of eastern Long Island.

The evening talk is presented as part of the Museum’s “Blue Sky & Beyond” summer program series, that celebrates the art of visual storytelling and the contributions of noted American illustrators and filmmakers. These visionaries combine artistry and technology to create compelling new realities.

A reception with the artist will follow the program. Free for members, or with Museum admission.

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262