The Secret of Kells Panel and Signing at NYCC 2010

Press Release:

To commemorate the DVD and digital release this week of his critically-acclaimed, Academy Award-nominated animated feature film, THE SECRET OF KELLS, director Tomm Moore will be participating in distributor New Video’s panel at the 2010 New York Comic Convention, the largest pop culture event on the East Coast. With the film’s creative director, Ross Stewart, Moore will share the creative process behind the visually-stunning animation of the film.

Also released this week is a new The Secret of Kells graphic novel for iPod and iPad available on the “Comics” by comiXology platform for iPod and iPad ($4.99 download). An accompanying free 22-page preview app features “Prequel 1: Brendan,” telling the origins of the main character, Brendan, and his rescue from barbarian attacks as a young child. In addition to the prequel story, the free preview app features additional sample pages from the full graphic novel, a link to download the film on iTunes, and four extended video clips from the movie.

THE SECRET OF KELLS is being released on DVD and Blu-ray October 5 by New Video’s Flatiron Film Company and will also be distributed day-and-date on video-on-demand (VOD) and on digital platforms via New Video’s partners.

WHEN:
Booth appearance and signing: Saturday, October 9, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Panel: Sunday, October 10, from 2:45 to 3:45 pm

WHERE:
The Jacob K. Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street, New York, New Video Booth #1665.

About THE SECRET OF KELLS
Magic, fantasy, and Celtic mythology come together in a riot of color and detail that dazzle the eyes, in this sweeping story about the power of imagination and faith to carry humanity through dark times. Young Brendan (Evan McGuire) lives under the care of his uncle Abbot Cellach (Brendan Gleeson), in a remote medieval outpost under siege from raiding barbarians. One day a celebrated master illuminator (Mick Lally) arrives from foreign lands carrying an ancient but unfinished book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest, where mythical creatures hide. It is here that he meets the fairy Aisling (Christen Mooney), a mysterious young wolf-girl, who helps him along the way. But with the barbarians closing in, will Brendan’s determination and artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against evil? The motion picture is a France/Belgium/Ireland co-production of Les Armateurs, Vivi Film, Cartoon Saloon and France 2 Cinema.

SF – The Secret of Kells Director’s Workshop

Director Tomm Moore gives an interactive presentation and post-screening Q&A on Sunday, September 26th at 3:00 pm.

Magic, fantasy and Celtic mythology come together in a riot of color and detail that dazzle the eyes in The Secret of Kells. This 2010 Academy Award Nominee for Best Animated Feature is a sweeping story about the power of imagination and faith to carry humanity through dark times. Young Brendan lives in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids. But a new life of adventure beckons when a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands carrying an ancient but unfinished book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears and venture into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide. It is here that he meets the fairy Aisling, a mysterious young wolf-girl, who helps him fulfill his dangerous quest.

Note: Viking attacks and mythic monsters may be scary for younger children.

Preceded by short Bigbox Singsong John.

Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema
2261 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

NY/SF International Children’s Film Festival

Tomm Moore Reveals the Secret of Kells

Director Tomm Moore screened his Academy Award-nominee animated film The Secret of Kells last night at the Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge, MA sponsored by the Irish Film Festival, Boston, capping off a whirlwind tour of the United States. After its debut last year at the Angouleme Festival in France, word of mouth spread which led to its being a dark horse pick for the Oscar. Moore said he really appreciated the Academy’s recognition of an  independent film and the acclaim has been very positive for him and his career.

The story revolves around a group of abbots in medieval Ireland illuminating the famous Books of Kells. Besieged by a group of marauding Vikings, the young hero Brendan and his faerie friend Aisling struggle to protect the tome and preserve civilization. Through breathtaking animation, Moore showcases the uncharted depths of Irish mythology and the beauty of  ancient Celtic art.

Moore began developing the film in college in 1999. It languished for several years till he partnered with the producers of The Triples of Belleville which resurrected the project. While the storyboards and key designs were completed by Irish animators, Moore led an international army of artists from Belgium, France, Hungary, and Brazil to complete the film. He described the experience as “lovely but difficult” as he approved scenes online through a program called PopSoft.

In addition to Celtic artwork, Moore cited animation luminaries like Hayao Miyazaki and Genndy Tartakovsky as influences. “Samurai Jack is a lesson in art direction,” said Moore, “With a limited budget it accomplishes a very cinematic style.” 

Moore also mentioned his appreciation of American comic books. He was a huge fan of DC in the later 80s and early 90s, particularly Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen. While his current tastes run more towards the work of Jeff Smith, Jimmy Corrigan, and David Mazzuchelli’s Asterios Poylps, Moore said he needed another suitcase to accommodate the stack of comics he received after a tour of DC Comics. He also is a big fan of French bande desinee like Three Shadows and Blacksad.

In regards to the reactions Americans have had to his film, particularly those of Irish descent, Moore said said he finds it heartening the bond they feel to their ancestral roots. The project that Moore is currently working on is entitled Song of the Sea, the story of the last selkie wandering modern-day Dublin. “It’s really a story about loss; the selkie has lost her people and the human family have lost their mother. It reflects the loss of culture Ireland has experienced through homogenization.”

The Secret of Kells is a unique voice in the world of animation and one that any fan of the medium would be remiss to pass up. Be sure to catch a screening at your local theater.

MA – The Secret of Kells Screening

Tomm Moore and The Secret of Kells is proudly presented by Irish Film Festival, Boston on March 19th, 7pm at the Kendall Square Cinema 
 
Irish Film Festival, Boston proudly presents a special screening of the Oscar-nominated animated feature, The Secret of Kells on Friday, March 19th, 7pm at the Kendall Square Cinema.  Director Tomm Moore will be there in person for a discussion and Q&A.  Please join us afterwards at a reception in Tommy Doyles to celebrate this  milestone in Irish animation. 

Click here for tickets Make sure to select the 7pm showing