The Milt Kahl event

Last night’s Milt Kahl tribute at the Motion Picture Academy was a huge (though a bit long) success – if you got into the theater.

Those inside were treated to a wonderful art exhibit of Kahl drawings, model sheets and cels from scenes he’d animated. Everyone got a commemorative poster and program brochure. The screening included Kahl’s finest animation on the big screen, everything from his first Mickey’s Circus (1936) to his last, Medusa in The Rescuers (1977). Andreas Deja and Charles Solomon did the hosting chores, and special guests Brad Bird, John Musker, Ron Clements, Floyd Norman, John Pomereoy, Kathryn Beaumont, Alice Davis and Sybil Barnes (Kahl’s daughter) told great stories about the man and his influences. Clips of Kahl from amateur video interviews were a highlight, as was the excerpt from the Disneyland TV show “The Story of Dogs” with Kahl himself – and Andreas, once again doing an amazing job of analyzing Kahl’s drawings, using an overhead projector to display rare examples of his work.

However, all was not well outside the Academy building. Brian Johnson, posting on my Facebook page reported:

“I have been looking forward to that once in a life time event and was pissed that (along with 150 angry people) were not allowed in even though we bought our tickets months ago!! They simply oversold hundreds of tickets and ruined a lot of people nights!”

Darrell Van Citters wrote me as well:

“It seems that the Academy deliberately oversold the event, leaving a large number of ticket holders with no recourse. They did issue refunds but you had to stand in line all over again to get your money back. When they told the crowd they wouldn’t be allowed in, they brought out two ineffective-looking security guards in case things turned ugly. The whole thing was shameful and as my Disney friend said on our way back to our cars, “I’ve never gone to one of these Academy things before and I don’t think I will again.”

On future Brew postings for the Academy, you might want to include a disclaimer to the effect that “buying a ticket does not guarantee a seat”. I know I won’t waste my time on another event there.”

I’ve rarely seen any Academy event sold out like this… and the animation events are less likely to do so. I had heard the event was sold out shortly after we announced it on Cartoon Brew last month. A huge story on Kahl in last Wednesday’s LA Times probably caused the overflow of attendees. I can only hope the Academy will continue its animation programs with a better grasp on ticket allotment and crowd control.

UPDATE: Randy Haberkamp, the Program Coordinator at the Academy, has responded in the comments below. He would greatly appreciate it if ticket holders who were turned away would contact him at rhaberkamp-at-oscars.org


  • uli

    A lot of my friends here in London were contemplating to go to LA for this event, including me, now I’m glad we didn’t. Imagine being turned away after a 12 hour flight.
    Was the event filmed and will it be available for us international Milt Kahl lovers to view somewhere on the net?
    I met the man back in the 80s, Andreas took me to Frisco to meet Milt for lunch. I still have the pen he used to sign some of his cels from Rescuers, Bedknobs and Broomsticks and The Sword in the Stone.

  • TimmyElliot

    Yeah. It was a frustrating night. They really should tells us the whole ticket thing is a lottery. After driving out, arriving early, paying for parking, they kept us in line for a long time before saying anything, then herded us through another long line for refunds.

  • MarcusJ

    Great event. Agreed, too long. And disagree that the hosts were very good. Solomon was OK, and should have gone solo. But Deja didn’t so much “analyze” Kahl’s drawings than show them and prattle on about how much he liked them. The drawings are great, not only what made Kahl’s work so memorable. It got very tiresome, and went on too long.

    Brad Bird, John Musker, and Ron Clements’ talking about the impact of Kahl’s ACTING was the most interesting part of the conversation. It would also have been great to see Glen Keane talk about the depth of the CHARACTER in the drawings–as these guys did as well.

    The evening was a big, fun, animation “geek” fest, in the best sense of the word. The Academy, indeed, should be more forthright about the amount of seating. The mob outside was quite angry.

    I hope the Academy taped this event and makes it available to the public.

  • http://markpudleiner.blogspot.com/ pudleiner

    It was a great night sitting back and taking it all in.
    I actually really enjoyed Andreas Deja as he went over Milt’s drawings.
    Showing the progression of Model sheets, starting with earlier artists and ending with Milt’s design.
    He commented that Milt needed a starting point, and working from someone else s first version of a design was what he needed to do his work.

    When Charles asked the 1st panel about any short story about Milt that would describe there relationship, Milt’s daughter, Sybil Barnes, had a quick funny story.

    After Milts retirement to the Bay area , he was with his daughter at a party. They were in a circle of people, all older as well when one of the guests passed around a baby photo of one of their grandchildren to show everyone.
    Milt spoke up and also said he had a photo of his daughter { standing next to him } when she was a little baby and passed a photo to the group.
    Sybil said she watched all their faces as they passed the photo around in the circle, all with polite smiles.
    When the photo finally got passed to Sybil she realized that her Dad hadn’t passed a photo of her as a baby but a photo of somebody else s overweight Mexican baby boy photo!!!

    She says that moment basically describes her dad.

    She said she had a great dad, he had a temper, but he was a great dad.

  • Darin M.

    Highlights were Alice Davis’ stories and Brad Bird’s Milt Kahl impressions. The video clips of Kahl himself were hilarious.

    But next time Andreas Deja is going to make a presentation, he should be limited to a stack of drawings under five inches.

  • http://www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/ Michael Sporn

    Han Perk has posted the program for this event on his site A Film LA and includes some excellent comments.

  • http://www.onanimation.com Dan Caylor

    Would have love to have been there. But it sounds like it was a “who you know” event that decided whether or not your got in. Shame. Hopefully a recording pops up on the internet someday.

  • Jorgen Klubien

    I hope all this will inspire a nice Milt Kahl book…

  • Cameron

    Do you know why the Academy oversells? Because Los Angeles is a wasteland of flakery in which you can sell 200 tickets and have 25 people show up (if that). Perhaps they should have planned better here, but I guarantee you that it was a very rare exception to see people turned away. Those who swear not to come to events again are just being silly.

    I’m going to be a dissenting voice here: the event was too short. I don’t know about you people, but I could have salivated over Milt Kahl’s drawings all night.

    MarcusJ: I think that speaks volumes about Deja’s work. It’s very studied, technical, and lacking in character, which renders him good at only a certain type of character. Keane is more concerned with character than with composition (it explains why he’s ecstatic about Miyazaki and Deja is unmoved).

    While it would have been nice to hear Keane’s take, Deja is fascinating to listen to for how he personally sees Kahl’s work. However, I do find it interesting that Milt Kahl, unlike the analyzer, didn’t really overthink his own drawing that much. He seemed to cultivate it through gut feeling.

    And, come on…that dog story was a masterpiece.

  • Steve K.

    The Academy might want to move to an assigned seating arrangement ala Arclight Cinemas. You’ll know exactly where you’ll sit and are guaranteed a seat as long as you are there before the show starts. Overselling is unforgivable and just plain rude. It was a fantastic presentation. A book should absolutely be compiled.

  • Tim S.

    Yeah, I would strongly recommend a few things for future events.

    1. Don’t oversell an event by 150 people. Problem solved.

    2. If you do oversell tickets, make sure to have a contingency plan if people still show up anyway. A Closed-circuit monitor in the lobby with a live shot of the theater would have been an ok way to do it in an emergency. Again only necessary when you’re overselling on purpose.

    3. Don’t make people wait 45 minutes to get their five dollars back. Watching that incredibly slow moving line, it was averaging 2 to 3 minutes per person. At 100+ plus people in line, thats a pretty long wait. Probably 80 people eventually just gave up and went home without even getting a refund. Now they’re pissed. How about taking a stack of 5 dollar bills out of the overly full cash register, and walk down that line and trade a ticket for a Lincoln. Problem solved in less than five minutes.

    4. If you do make people wait that long for their refund, either offer something extra, like paying for their parking fee (as someone suggested), or offering a coupon for a future event.

    5. And last but not least, if an “educational group bought a large block of tickets and didn’t show up”, as the representative explained to the angry crowd, DON’T just give the unused tickets away to people standing in the stand-by line without first making sure actual ticketholders get in first.

  • Mike Gabriel

    I have never ever experienced a payed for event where the ticket holders were told to leave due to the fact that they have sold your seats out from under you because you weren’t there a half hour before the event. We’re talking L.A. at prime commuter traffic jam hour. Granted, you plan for that. You leave extra early. You crawl over Hollywood Bowl lump into the L.A. basin, then crawl along across the city, then crawl up to finally get to the academy with still 20 minutes to spare—LOT FULL! You crawl to the next parking structure LOT FULL! You then decide to go flailing through the neighborhood six blocks up three blocks over you finally find a spot and break three laws to ram your car in and hoof it as fast you can to get there before you have heard they will give your seat away. Still with all that madness you still make it with 5 minutes to spare beofre the event starts and you are holding a ticket . And then you find out they have sold your seat and given it away fifteen minutes ago. Done. That kind of odd management doesn’t deserve my faith in professional event running. I know all the guys who put on the event, I know Milt, I have seen Andreas’ drawings, I have access to all the material, but I wanted to be a part of a tribute and show support, respect, and yes even a little drop of love for one of if not the all time great animator of the last century. Oh well, I too hope a Youtube will pop up, but it won’t be the same as being there to share a night with like minded artists who love the carft and who care enough to give up a night they could have been working to go be a part of something bigger than their little world. Funny, but after that treatment, I felt like I should have stayed in my little world and gotten something done. What a waste.
    And the guy who uses this wonderful event to trash one of the most honest, giving, talented animators of our time, Andreas Deja. Whatever he believes is cool, but don’t use this moment to go after a guy who gave so much of himself last night and put his passion on display to the benefit and glory of Milt.

  • TStevens

    I would have loved to have been able to see this in person. But like other people who have already commented, I’m hoping to see audio or video pop up at some point.

    One of the interesting things I see here is that a lot of people seem to have a split between Keane and Deja. It is sort of like two different schools of animation thought. Deja comes out of the Williams, Kahl mode while Keane is very much a product of Thomas and Johnston. As for Keane showing up at the engagement, my impression is that he was no great fan of Kahl. I vaguely recall a story in which Keane commented that walking into Kahls office felt very “cold” implying that both the space and the man were one in the same.

  • http://tomboycomics.blogspot.com Emily

    Wow. I feel spoiled now. It is certainly messed-up that all those people who pre-bought their tickets could not get into the event, what a bummer. I just happened to get there reasonably early. Lucky me (and others).

    I enjoyed myself immensely last night. I think everyone’s jaws were permanently dropped after seeing all of those drawings, which were lovingly examined by Andreas Deja.

    Personally, I’ll always remember that event for Alice Davis, an awesomely funny lady. I hope she speaks again!

  • Buddy D

    How is that Darrell and Mike Gabriel can’t get into an animation event? Something’s wrong with that.

  • Kate

    This is really disappointing. I went to most of the animation lectures last year and had a blast. I already bought a ticket to go this year, but my plans changed and I forgot about it. Maybe that was a good thing. -.- Here’s hoping the academy plans these things better for the future.

  • http://www.taberanimation.com Taber Dunipace

    Well that’s sad to hear that poor planning turned so many off to these events. The Marc Davis series has so far been a very inspirational and entertaining set of events!

    I was able to arrive and walk right in about 15 minutes prior to showtime without much difficulty, but after I sat down, it became clear that there were many people unable to find a seat in the packed theater. I hope future events are better planned, but the show itself was fantastic.

  • Steve K.

    Please got to:

    http://www.oscars.org/contact/general.html

    And let them know how poorly they handled the event. Just put Milt Kahl: The Animation Michelangelo in the subject field.

  • http://animmaker.com Animmaker

    It’s a real bummer that lots of ticket holders were turned away. I know… I’ve been there. Back in 1989 in New York City ILM, (They did all the Star Wars movies) was holding a similar event and all my special effects heroes were going to be speaking. So trekking from Brooklyn to the City was not easy. I made it 20 minutes early only to find out that my seat was sold away. I was 20 years old and from that day on I promised myself that I will never ever miss an event I payed for. So today I always arrive at least 2 hours before any event and movies that I really want to see. It’s a habit now.

  • http://jamesrhull.com JIm

    That is pathetic. I had no idea so many people were turned away. I was lucky enough to get there an hour an half early and joked to someone about how they probably oversold – can’t believe that there were so many who couldn’t get in.

    I recorded a bunch of the stories, but the Academy really needs to make the whole thing available for people to see. Andreas’ portion was incredible – over an hour of Milt drawings lauded over by one of his biggest fans. I loved it.

  • http://www.optionjoe.com Joe Apel

    Overall I really enjoyed the event, be it a tad long. I’m sorry to hear it was a royal f up for those 150 or so. I have to agree with Mike Gabriel about the parking situation, it had to have been due to the overselling of tickets.
    I’m sorry I had to leave the event a tad early as well. I would’ve love to have spoken with some of the artists after the event.

  • http://www.synchrolux.com Kevin Koch

    My experience at the beginning of the evening was exactly like Mike Gabriel’s (no parking, walking all over, just making it on time), except I came really early for the reception before the event. Fortunately that guaranteed I got in, but my date and I still almost missed getting a seat for the actual program. As we made it to our assigned seating area, the general seating was already full, and one of the ushers opened the tape to the reserved seating, even though many invited guests and VIPs were still making their way up the stairs. I felt bad chasing some excited Milt fans back to the cheap seats, but I did what I had to do. ;)

    Plus all the programs had long been given away, so lots of people didn’t even get a program (which made it suck when Andreas kept referring to the amazing, special program!).

    That said, it was a spectacular event! I’m glad to see several people mentioning how much they enjoyed Alice Davis — I’ve had the pleasure of whiling away more than a few evenings and Sunday brunches with her, listening to stories of her and Marc’s own lives, and of life at Disney. She has an amazing memory and is a remarkable storyteller.

    The hosts and all the rest of the panelists did a great job. The only thing I wanted more of was insider anecdotes from Floyd Norman — I got the feeling he had some good stories to tell, but was kind of holding back.

    I really wish I’d taken a video camera so the evening could be available to everyone. Hopefully a lot of it will show up online, because it really sucks for those who tried so hard to attend and were turned away.

  • Cameron

    Oh, I hope Mike Gabriel isn’t referring to me…

    I just want to make it clear that I have the utmost respect for Deja, and his passion for Kahl really showed through. He’s also a far better draftsman than I’ll probably ever be. If it came off like I was trashing him, forgive my pretentiousness.

  • http://www.wilsonswain.com Wilson Swain

    I felt lucky to attend, and now feel grateful to have gotten in. It definitely wasn’t a ‘who you know’ discriminatory act on the part of the academy. I know no one. But I can say that it was amazing to hold company with so many giants in the animation industry for one evening. I knew walking out I didn’t just leave that building, but that world. It was an amazing evening, and I hope that those who didn’t get in will someday find themselves compensated with more than their five dollars.

  • http://blackwingdiaries.blogspot.com/ Jenny Lerew

    “How is that Darrell and Mike Gabriel can’t get into an animation event? Something’s wrong with that.

    It’s no more wrong than if you or John Doe couldn’t get in with a prepaid ticket-and I’m certain Mike and Darrell would agree.

    I go regularly to Academy events, and more than a few of their screenings often sell out(including most if not all of the Marc Davis series), but I’ve never heard of this kind of mess.

    What usually happens is that there’s a standby line for those who want to wait and see if all the prepaid ticket people show up. Often there are some or more than a few who don’t (the Academy has a lot of members, some being retirees, who order tickets to all the scheduled events as a matter of course) and usually there are dozens of standbys that get in after staff head counts any empty seats. That’s obviously how it should be done. Why on earth it wasn’t this time is bizarre. Some people were flying down from the bay area just for this event. It’s a real shame that such a great evening turned out to be a debacle for Mike and many others. It’s NOT easy to get to Beverly Hills from Burbank at rush in less than an hour.

  • http://kellykilmer.blogspot.com/ kelly

    Very sad that this happened! My family and I had tickets for the event, but were unable to go as our son has been ill. I don’t know what I would have done if we were turned away. I do know that with a red headed temperament, I would not have been happy!!!!

  • Andy

    I bought an advance ticket and received it April 2nd. The ticket was dated and announced the event happening on March 28th. April Fools joke? Or is the Academy sloppy and clueless? I suspect the latter.

    I’m only out five bucks, but I feel bad for everyone else who REALLY got screwed. I’ll never attend any Academy event Jerry advertises until he tells them to get their s**t together first.

    Let me know when they have a Ward Kimball/ Freddie Moore appreciation night.

  • Mike Gabriel

    Shout out to Cameron—Appreciate the classy mea culpa. I am sure I read more into the Deja reference than you intended. Appreciate you clearing up the misread on my part.
    Speaking of classy—-Andreas heard I couldn’t get into the event –or read it minutes after I posted it—and he came by my room apologizing (which wasn’t his fault by any stretch), then handed me a free Milt Event poster, which is really cool on every level.

  • http://shanecorn.blogspot.com Paper addict

    I got really lucky and got in to see the show.. I really enjoyed the entire symposium but that’s total garbage that there where paid for tickets that got refused entrance.

    I’m hoping like crazy that this will spur on a Milt Kahl Art book.. I was freaking over all the stuff Andreas was sharing… I collect and study as much of the old stuff that I can and was like ” Where did all this awesome stuff come from and how can I get photocopies!” Id even take crappy ones LOL..

    I thought the panel was really great, though I agree that i would have loved to hear Glenn Keane’s thought’s on Milt as well.. and More Milt Footage could have been nice

  • Randy Haberkamp
  • Mike Gabriel

    Uh, okay. What do you say to that? One word. GOODNIGHT.
    (My comment was to Paper Addict — not Mr. Haberkamp)

  • OtherDan

    I can only imagine the frustration of those that couldn’t get in. I would have been pretty heart-broken. I think the La Times article put things over the top. But, it was great. Andreas showed an exhausting number of drawings-exhausting because there was so much to take in with each image. But, that was really appreciated by me. The other big highlights for me was watching him draw and the facial expressions that coincided that. That was very insightful. It’s always awesome to see the film in it’s proper setting. I wanted to watch all of The Jungle Book when that clip came up. It was too long but, I actually wish we heard more of his daughter’s anecdotes along with Mrs. Davis. That was also golden stuff that probably won’t have a venue again. Thanks to all who participated.

  • OtherDan

    Not rubbing it in, but it’s kind of funny: My friend parked right in front of the building a half hour before it started. I swore there was no way in hell there would be a spot there. We were completely oblivious to all the hardship others were having. Though, now it makes sense why the seat beside me that was being saved was practically fought over by the ushers. They were definitely feeling the pressure to seat everyone there. As long as the event ran, I would have stayed there indefinitely. One striking thing to me was the contrast between Milt and Ollie. It wasn’t long ago that Ollie’s work was analyzed at an event there. Milt was such a fine draughtsman and his choices were so deliberate and effortless. Whereas, Ollie was much more emotional and not as refined. Both methods resulted in beautiful staging and acting and were quite different from one another. That’s one more thing I wondered: was the Mark and Milt friendship a friendly rivalry of the Frank and Ollie duos? I didn’t realize they were so close. I also thought Milts work opposite Ward Kimballs was very complimentary.

  • http://Mr.FunsBlog Floyd Norman

    I wish they had a “Green Room” for those on the panels. I really didn’t need a seat, and would have been happy to wait “backstage” or where ever.

    As for Kevin, I’ve plenty of Milt Kahl stories to tell. However, with so many on the panel, I wanted to give others enough time. I’ve got enough material to do my own, “Milt Kahl show.”

  • http://gogopedro.blogspot.com GOGOPEDRO!

    Wow, this sounds like a colossal cluster F8ck…
    The event sounds amazing, and if I could’ve secured a spot I would have been absolutely thrilled to see it. However, from what I’m hearing the seating and admission was all so random that nobody was safe……

    They could really take stuff like this and make it into a traveling show….
    do museums and stuff…maybe record some of the descriptions and stuff and play them in a retrospective…. I’d pay the Overpriced admission into the MOMA to check all that out..

    My heart goes out to all those screwed in this particular situation…

    P

  • Sam E

    How long would it take you Floyd to say, “It was just Milt’s thing”?

  • Rock

    Andreas should have cut a third of his Milt drawings out of his presentation, or at least have his drawings on slides to save time.

  • http://tomboycomics.blogspot.com Emily

    Rock, and others-
    I understand a lot of people (my boyfriend included) felt the Milt’s drawings part of the event went on for far too long. Personally, I was so engaged by Milt’s artwork and Andreas’ comments that I was not bored at all. In my opinion, the fact that Andreas took so long to share those great drawings with us (and had such great passion for the artwork) gave this event a uniquely intimate quality that you don’t get to enjoy at most animation events. The whole tribute(including the panelists, artwork, animation clips, and documentary clips of Milt) was lovingly put-together and made for an overall special experience.

  • Randy Cartwright

    As an Academy member I received an invitation to this show. I RSVP’d and was told I was on the guest list.

    I got to the Academy about an hour early but at main building parking lot I was told that I wasn’t on the list. I went to the large parking lot but an employee in front was waving people away. I asked her where else I could park and she just shrugged.

    I decided it wasn’t worth it to search for parking somewhere far away and then have to argue at the door about getting in so I just went home.

    Not the best night out.

  • http://deleted OtherDan

    Floyd, I think we should get a group together and do just that. I know I wanted to hear more from you too.

  • Keith

    Mike, it looks like you took offense to Paper Addict’s comment! He wasn’t saying the story was “garbage” as in “untrue”, but that it was a crappy thing that happened. At least, that’s the way I read it!

    I completely spaced on this event (LA Flakery in action), after putting off ordering tickets when first announced here. I’m glad I did, in a way, since I’d have been in the same situation of scrambling to get down there in time, parking a mile away, and probably told my seat was gone. Will there ever be a DVD of it? These events should be filmed, and available for purchase! It sounds like it was great, overall, for those who got in.

  • Phil

    Andreas just wanted everyone to see all his Milt drawings!

  • julian

    i hope theres another event being planned ?? hint ,hint ..would love that .and i think the artist ,and fans would like that …..start the healing process.

  • Hector

    I thought Andrea’s presentation of Milt’s drawings was awesome and inspiring. I could have sat there all night seeing those beautiful drawings!

  • http://nottipigart.blogspot.com/ Philip Pignotti

    I was one of the unlucky people that had a ticket but didn’t get my seat inside. I did have a great dinner at Canter’s with some old and new friends.

  • Amanda Raymond

    It was a VERY fun evening, but I felt horrible for all those people who didn’t get in. It really wasn’t fair and was obviously poorly organized and handled. I know many had to drive a great distance to get there as well, so that is also unfortunate. My heart goes out to all of you who didn’t get to be included in the lecture. Hopefully they will remedy the ticket process before the next major event.

  • Dan Jeup

    It was the ultimate Milt geekfest and I loved every minute of it. Definitely a night to remember. Favorite moments: Analysis of Milt drawings I’d never seen before and the great documentary footage featuring the man himself. Awesome!

    I too feel bad for my friends and anyone who couldn’t attend and were turned away. (Jorgen, Mike Gabriel, Darrel Van Citters, etc., it would’ve been fun to see you there!) Hopefully someone filmed the event and it will become available for anyone who missed it.

    Bravo and thanks to Andreas and everyone involved in producing the event.

  • Mike Gabriel

    Keith–I think you are right, Paper Addict was saying it in support. My apologies to Paper Addict.

  • andreas Wessel-Therhorn

    thanks to andreas and all the panelists for a great evening. Though
    i feel bad for everyone who didn’t get in this time, in slight defense of the academy, this may have been the most popular marc davis lecture i have ever been to. Great to see so many recent and former colleagues and young animation fans and students pay tribute to Milt.I especially enjoyed Alice and Sybil and Kathryn sharing their personal stories of the man. He just couldn’t produce a bad drawing and shaped the disney look for many years, inspiring designers and animators for years to come!

  • http://mrfunsblog Floyd Norman

    Oh hell. Let’s just do the whole thing over again.

  • Mike Caracappa

    Andreas showing those drawings was the best part of that whole night. This isn’t a show that should have to run on a timetable like a stage production, this is a celebration and a tribute to a great artist. And I think Andreas did him justice.

    Thank you for sharing those drawings, Andreas.

  • Rick Farmiloe

    I too, attended the Milt Kahl Tribute. It was a phenominal night all around. Andreas and Charles did a fantastic job hosting. The film clips, and drawings were inspiring. The panelists were insighful and entertaining. It was a privelege to be able to honor the greatest animator of all time. I was really disturbed to hear of how so many who had tickets were not allowed in. Mike and Darrell have contributed enormously to this industry over the years. It’s criminal that they and so many others were not allowed to participate. My theory is that the deadline for those attending the cocktail party was only two days before the event, and they probably got a LOT of last minute RSVP’s….while tickets were being sold out. It was jammed packed like I’ve never seen it. I’ll call our Animation/Shorts branch leader and see if he can shed some light on it. Congratulations to all who participated. It was truly a magical night!

  • Carlo Panno

    One thing I learned about the Academy public screenings: Go early and you have the place to yourself. People come right before showtime.

    I went straight from work. Fortunately, I took the bus but when I got there at about 6 there were already two long lines, one for ticket holders and one for will call/last minute purchases.

    I shelved my plan to turn back my son’s student ticket and got in the ticket holder’s line.

    We got in about 6:30 (the security guy took my ticket and handed it in to the box office with my request that it be given to a student) and I took a stage-left-aisle seat in row E. The place was already filling.

    I was overwhelmed with information — I had heard Milt Kahl’s name many time, but I was not familiar with his work — and I got a new appreciation of the guy.

    FWIW, the Academy video crew was there, so it may be archived.

    And Floyd — feel free to share stories. I, for one, can’t wait to hear them.

  • Randy Haberkamp
  • Lemora Bess Martin

    To Randy Haberkamp:

    My parents were friends of Milt and Lara Kahl back in the 1950′s. Our families had Thanksgiving dinner together at their Los Feliz home for several years. My dad, an accomplished amateur photographer, took some beautiful black and white family portraits of Milt, Lara, Sybil, and Peter in their back yard garden. I would like to get these to Sybil Byrnes, if she’s like to have them. Can you help me?

    Sincerely,
    Lemora Martin

    P.S. These are actual photographs, not scanned, so I need a snail mail address. If you are not the proper person to contact about this, please tell me who is. My last address is the Mill Valley address where Milt lived when he died. Thanks.

  • Sybil Byrnes