Media Arts Program
 


Friday, April 1, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.

$8 General, $6 Students & Seniors, $5 Members and Children

UB Gender Institute, Squeaky Wheel

A FAMILY, ANIMATED: Works from the Hubley Studio presented by Animator Emily Hubley

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HubleyConcluding her two-day residency, Emily Hubley will present a series of shorts from the Hubley Studio, including works by her parents, the legendary John and Faith Hubley. An animator with Disney Studio (whose credits included Snow White, Bambi, Dumbo, Pinocchio, and the epic Rite of Spring sequence of Fantasia), John Hubley left the studio to for United Productions of America during the 1941 Disney animators' strike. After refusing to name names to the House Committee on Un-American Activities, Hubley was forced to leave UPA. He went on to start Storyboard Studios with his wife Faith, which was responsible for films as well as commercial characters such as Marky Mapo. John and Faith are best known for casting their children as the characters of their animations, illustrating their children's imaginative world of play with humor and tenderness. 

 
Their 1959 Academy Award-winning short, Moonbird, cast their two sons Mark and Ray. Without compromising the reality and complexity of their children’s lives, these works can be considered animated documentaries, ones that use equal parts observation and poetic lyricism. “After your parents die, you get married,” a young Emily tries to explain to her kid sister Georgia in Cockaboody. “No, no! I mean when you get married, then your parents DON’T die.” 
 
In 2009, Ms. Hubley toured with the film to museums, art houses and universities, often with programs of her shorts and/or those by her parents, Faith and John Hubley. In addition to the screenings of her feature, Ms Hubley continues to present programs of her animated work, most recently at The International Animated Film Festival in Poznan Poland and in China. The screening includes: 
 
 TENDER GAME (1958, 6min) Produced and Written by John Hubley: A jazz version of the song Tenderly provides the soundtrack for a delicate tale of love. Music Performed by Ella Fitzgerald and the Oscar Peterson Trio: Ray Brown, bass and Herb Ellis, guitar 
 FESTIVALS AND AWARDS: - ACADEMY FOUNDATION, “A SALUTE TO THE HUBLEY STUDIO,” 1985 - MONTEVIDEO FILM FESTIVAL, GRAND PRIZE, 1959 - VENICE FILM FESTIVAL, GRAND PRIZE, 1958 
 
WINDY DAY (1967, 8min) Produced and Directed by John and Faith Hubley and featuring the voices of their daughters Emily and Georgia Hubley An improvised dialogue of two little girls is the background for the expressive visualization of their view of marriage and babies, love and death. 
 FESTIVALS AND AWARDS: - ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATION, 1968 - VENICE FILM FESTIVAL, LION OF SAN MARCO AWARD, 1968 - CAMBRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL, ENGLAND, 1968 
 
EGGS (1970, 10min) Produced and Written by John and Faith Hubley and Directed by John Hubley. With music by Quincy Jones and featuring the voices of David Burns, Anita Ellis, and Grady Tate On planet Earth, the Goddess of Fertility is lovingly sowing the seeds of life, which brings her into direct conflict with her partner, Death. He wants her to slow down. She counters by presenting a future in which there is no death. They reach an impasse. A three-face multi-planet god intervenes, suggesting an alternative of planning, self-control, and love. When Fertility and Death are assigned a new planet, we see that Earth’s inhabitants will have to take these matters into their own hands.  FESTIVALS AND AWARDS: - ANNECY FILM FESTIVAL, SPECIAL JURY PRIZE, 1972 - AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL, RED RIBBON, 1971 - CINE GOLDEN EAGLE, 1971 
 
YES WE CAN (1988, 10min) Produced, Directed and Designed by Faith Hubley with Production Supervisor, Emily Hubley, Music by Don Christensen and featuring the voices of Jamie Smith Jackson and Michael Ontkean Gaia, our living Earth, joyously balances life and death until human beings begin to plunder her resources. Gaia retreats in despair. When women and men reach out to one another and remember their primal love, Gaia returns. The words of Black Elk close the film: “I saw beneath the tree, villages of people and everything with roots or wings or legs was mingling with the people like relatives and all were happy.” 
 FESTIVALS AND AWARDS: - CANNES FILM FESTIVAL, HONORABLE MENTION, 1989 - NATIONAL EDUCATION FILM FESTIVAL, SILVER APPLE, 1989 - CINE GOLDEN EAGLE, 1987 
 
MY UNIVERSE INSIDE OUT (1996, 25min) Produced, Designed and Directed by Faith Hubley with Associate Producer, Emily Hubley. Narration written and spoken by Faith Hubley, Music by Don Christensen with Cello by Faith Hubley (Brahms Sonata in E Minor Opus 38) “My Universe Inside Out” is an animated tour de force that provides a personal context for the life work of Faith Hubley. Moments in her life connect with the unfolding of the universe as she recalls infancy, childhood, turbulent adolescence, adventurous youth, life with her late husband John and their four children, sudden death, crisis and joy, more than fifty years of struggle and her present search for meaning. The film includes clips from significant films of the Hubley Studio. It ends with irrepressible celebration of it all. 
 FESTVIALS AND AWARDS: - SAN FRANCISCO FILM FESTIVAL, 2000 - BLACK MARIA FILM FESTIVAL, DIRECTOR’S CHOICE AWARD, 1997 - JERUSALEM FILM FESTIVAL, 1997 - LONDON FILM FESTIVAL, 1996
 
SET SET SPIKE (2002, 6min) Written, animated and directed by Emily Hubley with Linda Moroney, associate producer, and music by Yo La Tengo. A single mother's personal ritual combines her history, poetry and a volleyball-inspired aerobic workout. The piece uses animated and live action footage (Miriam Shot as the Mother and Max Rosenthal as the son) to create a kind of temporal collage - where past and present emotional truths coexist and play. 
 FESTIVALS AND AWARDS: NY EXPO OF SHORT FILM AND VIDEO, 2003 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, 22nd BLACK MARIA FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL, 2003 FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL, 2003 TOAS TALKING PICTURE FESTIVAL, 2003 BOSTON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF WOMEN'S CINEMA, 2003 PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL, DALLAS VIDEO FESTIVAL, NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL, JACKSONVILLE FILM FESTIVAL
 
PIGEON WITHIN (2000, 4.5 min) Produced, written, animated and directed by Emily Hubley with music by Yo La Tengo. This short depicts a woman's journey home through tunnels of doubt and what may be an encounter with her guardian angel to the joy of slapping Park Avenue canopies. The film combines xeroxed photographs with drawn animation, juxtaposing ideas of present reality with remembered, envisioned or emotional truths.
 FESTIVALS AND AWARDS: REEL NEW YORK 2005, ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL BEST IN USA AWARD 2001, BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2001, ANIMA MUNDI, BRAZIL 2001, USA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2001 (BEST IN ANIMATION AWARD), WILLIAMSBURG BROOKLYN FILM FESTIVAL 2001, SHE SAID CINEMA, SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2000.
 
ONE SELF:FISH/GIRL (1997, 10:35min)
Produced, written, animated and directed by Emily Hubley with Linda Moroney, associate producer, and music by Georgia Hubley and Ira Kaplan. ONE SELF: FISH/GIRL is a personal animated narrative in which girl's diary comes to life, depicting, in the following sements, her layered, poetic efforts to deal with a chaotic world and overcome self-doubt. "Secret Religion" works to reconcile good, evil and boys; "Girlfriends" remembers early friendships; "Solitary Stomp" suffers through abandonment vs. independence; "The Center" self-interrogates and "Time Passes..." Somehow, she arrives.
SCREENINGS AND FESTIVALS: 30th NASHVILLE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 1999, NY ANIMATION FESTIVAL 1999 (Honorable mention); 1999 BLACK MARIA FLIM & VIDEO FESTIVAL (JURY CITATION), 1999 FILM FEST NEW HAVEN (HONORABLE MENTION, DRAMATIC SHORT), 1998 NY EXPO OF SHORT FILM & VIDEO, 1998 NORTHAMPTON FILM FESTIVAL, 1998 HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, 1998 CINEMATEXAS INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, 1998 FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL, MYHELAN FILM FESTIVAL, NY WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL, USA FILM FESTIVAL (Special Achievement Award), ASIFA-EAST ANIMATION AWARDS


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