SF – PIG: The Dam Keeper Poems Screening

Press Release:

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

CA – Meet the Artist

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Andrew Jimenez, Pixar Digital Artist speaks on Saturday, October 16th from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Meet Andrew Jimenez who has served as director of photography, digital artist, and animatic artist on such Pixar classics as Toy Story 3, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille. Gain an insider’s perspective of the process used to create the remarkable Pixar Artscape, the wide-screen, digital art installation featured in the PIXAR exhibition.

Jimenez received an Academy Award© nomination for Best Short Film, Animated for his work on the Pixar short One Man Band, and a Daytime Emmy© nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Main Title Design for The Bonnie Hunt Show.

Open to OMCA Members; no reservations or advance tickets necessary; simply bring your Membership card or photo ID to receive admission.

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607

CA – Art of Toy Story 3 Signing

Robert Kondo and James Robertson appear on Sunday September 12, 2010 from 5:00PM – 8:00PM.

Cost: $2 per person. REGISTER NOW, online or in-person.

Admission gives you $2 off ‘Art of Toy Story 3’ book!

Keep your receipt for proof of purchase.

Nucleus welcomes two key members of the creative force behind the much-loved summer blockbuster – Toy Story 3! Artists Robert Kondo and James Robertson will offer an insightful presentation of the creative workings behind this Pixar classic.

Gain a unique perspective of the creative process of how the story goes from script to screen. Q&A and book signing for ‘The Art of Toy Story 3’ will follow.

Robert Kondo (Set Art Director) Robert is a leading environment designer in the animation field. Kondo also served as Set Art Director for Pixar’s acclaimed ‘Ratatouille.’

James Robertson (Story Artist) Storyboard artists are integral in helping write the story and visualize the script. Robertson created one of the film’s most climactic action sequences – learn about the scene during the panel!

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

CA – The Art of Toy Story 3 Signing

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Robert Kondo and James Robertson appear on Sunday September 12, 2010 from 5:00PM – 8:00PM.

Cost: $2 per person. REGISTER NOW, online or in-person.

Admission gives you $2 off Art of Toy Story 3 book!

Keep your receipt for proof of purchase.

Nucleus welcomes two key members of the creative force behind the much-loved summer blockbuster – Toy Story 3! Artists Robert Kondo and James Robertson will offer an insightful presentation of the creative workings behind this Pixar classic.

Gain a unique perspective of the creative process of how the story goes from script to screen. Q&A and book signing for ‘The Art of Toy Story 3’ will follow.

Robert Kondo (Set Art Director) Robert is a leading environment designer in the animation field. Kondo also served as Set Art Director for Pixar’s acclaimed ‘Ratatouille.’

James Robertson (Story Artist) Storyboard artists are integral in helping write the story and visualize the script. Robertson created one of the film’s most climactic action sequences – learn about the scene during the panel!

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801