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John Canemaker Brings Lectures To Both Coasts In November

John Canemaker Brings Lectures To Both Coasts In November

Attention animation lovers – John Canemaker continues his bi-coastal animation tour in two must-see lectures: Nov. 7th at New York’s MoMA on “Winsor McCay” and Nov. 22nd at San Francisco’s Walt Disney Family Museum on “The Lost Notebook“.

MoMA in New York City Nov. 7th –  Gertie the Dinosaur Is 100 Years Young: John Canemaker Presents Animated Masterworks by Winsor McCay. Animation historian and Academy Award-winning filmmaker John Canemaker presents four groundbreaking animated films by Winsor McCay. with piano accompaniment by Donald Sosin 

The event takes place on Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:15 p.m. – at The Museum Of Modern Art, 4 West 54th Street in Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building.


“Long before any
princesses wandered across the screen,” Canemaker observes, “animation’s first
female personality was spunky Gertie the Dinosaur, who celebrates her 100th
birthday this year.  McCay’s breakthrough film is a masterpiece of
early character animation, a type of individualization in animation whose
legacy is the pantheon of Walt Disney.”

This salute to Gertie
and her creator, the prolific comic-strip artist and animation pioneer McCay
(1867–1934), is richly illustrated with rare photographs and examples of
McCay’s art for newspapers and the movies. It includes his seminal 1905 comic
strip Little Nemo in Slumberland, and four of his extraordinary
animated shorts: Little Nemo (1911), How a Mosquito
(1912), Gertie (1914), and The
Sinking of the Lusitania 
(1918), as well as a re-creation—with
audience participation—of the legendary routine that introduced Gertie in
McCay’s vaudeville act.

Preserved prints courtesy
the Cinémathèque Quebecoise; The Library of Congress; Library and Archives Canada;
and The Museum of Modern Art; digital material courtesy Milestone Films. Program approx. 80 min. More information: Click Here.

 Meanwhile on the West Coast:
Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, Nov. 22 – John
Canemaker’s illustrated lecture on The Lost Notebook:
Herman Schultheis and the Secrets of Walt’s Movie Magic

Join John Canemaker for a discussion of one
of early animation’s most enigmatic and fascinating characters, Herman
Schultheis. Canemaker
relates the discovery of the technician’s long-hidden scrapbook of
behind-the-scenes special-effects wizardry and ingenuity of early Disney
films. This lecture will amaze you – and if you haven’t been to the Disney Museum, you are in for a double header treat.  

Tickets: $18
Member | $20 non-members |$15 Youth (ages 17 and under)  – more info on the Museum Website. Don’t miss this! 

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