Academy to Host Screening of Animator John Hubley’s Works

Beverly Hills, CA (October 5, 2011) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Monday Nights with Oscar®screening series will celebrate the life and art of John Hubley, one of animation’s most innovative and influential designer-directors, with a special evening featuring rarely seen films, on Monday, October 10, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International in New York City. The event will be hosted by Academy Award®-winning animator John Canemaker (The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation), who will be joined onstage by one of Hubley’s daughters, filmmaker Emily Hubley, and animator Michael Sporn.

Hubley (1914 — 1977) is known primarily for two decades of film collaborations with his wife, Faith Elliott Hubley. The couple, who opened their studio in 1955, focused a number of their animated films on such subjects as the creative process, the Cold War and overpopulation. The resulting innovative work garnered many awards, including three Oscars® (for Moonbird, The Hole and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Double Feature).

The Hubleys’ collaboration, however, represented a second blossoming of the career and life of John Hubley, who had already personified new directions in animation and a rebellion against traditional Disney studio style and content.

“An Academy Salute to John Hubley” will trace the filmmaker’s early training and influences, his art direction on Pinocchio and Fantasia, his involvement with the infamous 1941 strike at the Disney studio, and his innovative work on World War II training films and at the great modernist studio UPA.

The films that will be shown have been provided by the Hubley family, the Museum of Modern Art, Sony Pictures and the Academy Film Archive.

Tickets for “An Academy Salute to John Hubley” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.oscars.org or by mail (a printable order form is available in the Events & Exhibitions section of the website).  Tickets may also be purchased at the box office prior to the event (subject to availability).

The Academy Theater is located at 111 East 59th Street (between Park and Lexington avenues) in New York City.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  For more information, visit www.oscars.org or call (212) 821-9251.

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