Persistence of Vision — the untold story of visionary animator Richard Williams

Persistence of Vision — the untold story of visionary animator Richard Williams and the greatest animated film never made — will be having its highly-anticipated Northern California premiere at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael on Thursday, November 21st, 7:00 PM, for one screening only!:


Striving to make the best animated film of all time, visionary and acclaimed animator Richard Williams (three-time Oscar-winning animation director of Who Framed Roger Rabbit) spent nearly three decades of his life toiling away on his masterpiece, The Thief and the Cobbler — only to have it torn from his hands.  

Using incredible animation from Williams’ lost epic, rare archival footage, and exclusive interviews with various artists and animators who worked on the ill-fated magnum opus, young filmmaker Kevin Schreck brings this legendary, forgotten chapter of cinema history to the screen for the very first time.

Called a “Herculean accomplishment” (indieWIRE), a “suspenseful portrait [and] superb documentary” (The Seattle Times), and a “fascinating slice of film history” (Variety), PERSISTENCE OF VISION is the “gripping” (The Globe and Mail), untold story of the greatest animated film never made.


Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 Fourth Street (Between A & B)
San Rafael, CA 94901


Thursday, November 21st, 7:00 PM


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Bruno Bozzetto at Walt Disney Family Museum



Italian director and animator Bruno Bozzetto converses with curator Fedrico Fiecconi, film historian John Canemaker, and animation directors John Musker and David Silverman about Bozzetto‘s fascination with early Disney films and contributions to the art of animation. Sat, Nov 23, 3pm; tickets are $18 for members |$20 non-members | $15 youth (ages 17 and under) –

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That’s four animation luminaries for the price of one lecture:

Canemaker – Oscar winning animator, and renowned animation author

Musker – co director of Aladdin, Little Mermaid, Princess and the Frog.

Silverman  – director on The Simpsons since day 1, and co-director of Monsters, Inc.

Bozzetto – creator of Allegro Non Troppo

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NW Animation Fest

NW Animation Fest announces FREE entry until Dec 1
The Northwest Animation Festival is now accepting film entries for 2014.
Entry is FREE if you get your film in by Dec 1. Send films via online transfer using, vimeo, or the service of your choice. The simple 20-question entry form can be sent via email.
NW Animation Fest is a variety show that celebrates the best new work from independent animators around the globe. The 2014 festival will take place on May 15-18 in Portland, Oregon. The entire program of films repeats on May 23-25 in Eugene, Oregon. Selected audience favorites will receive one-day-only “Best of the Fest” screenings during September in both cities. Portland’s schedule will include many additional special events, including after-parties, animated installation art in the theatre’s lobby, and a presentation by LAIKA about the upcoming stop-motion feature film BoxTrolls.
Organizers expect to screen over 150 films, making this the largest animation show in the USA. You may submit films made at any time during your life. You are free to simultaneously show your work online or at other festivals. After Dec 1 there is a low entry fee ($10-$20) which can be paid online. The final deadline is December 31, 2013.
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Our own Karl Cohen will be presenting a talk and screening of WWII Propaganda



A presentation by Karl Cohen, SF State, Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts building, room 101, free

The presentation goes from the isolationist non-intervention era to Roosevelt making the war a popular cause and finally films that influenced the aftermath.  A fascinating look at how Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, Daffy and other animated stars persuaded us to recycle, pay our taxes (to buy guns, guns and more guns!), to laugh at Hitler and whom to hate. The docs include Women in Defense written by Eleanor Roosevelt to encourage housewives to get involved.  There is also the Oscar winner Seeds of Destiny, a plea by the UN to rebuild Europe after the war.  Two of the ten persuasive films to be shown won Oscars (2 others got nominations).  Caution: some films are now seen as offensive.

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Another screening coming up for International Animation Day

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like this is the season for animation screenings.  We’ve recently gotten word of another screening coming up at the Exploratorium for International Animation Day.  You’ll find details at the Exploratorium’s site:

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Animation Show of Shows coming up soon…

The Animation Show of Shows screening is Monday, September 23 at 7:00 at Dolby Labs in San Francisco.  The address is 100 Potrero Avenue.  This is always a great show, and is open to members only.  The flyer below will give you an idea what to expect.  Additional details can be found on our Newsletter Links page here.

If you are a member and will be joining us please be sure to RSVP to by 6 pm, September 22.  This is a small theater, so attendance is limited to a member and 1 guest.


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Tyrus Wong at the Walt Disney Family Museum


Special Program: Family Day Kite Festival

August 17th

Join the fun on the Presidio’s Main Post lawn where there will be kite making and flying, contests and demonstrations, picnics and a fire truck parade! Special guest:  Disney Legend Tyrus Wong.

- See more here 


Tyrus Wong is a genuine legend, he was the art director for Bambi and is famous for his handmade kites. Since the kite presentation is by necessity outdoors, you can take part without paying admission. But admission to the museum is well worth the price, it’s a world class museum and a must for animation fans in the bay area.

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See the winning films, meet some of the winners and enjoy the potluck treats


6:30 pm Socialize
8:00 pm Present Awards and Screen the Winners

At Oddball Films
275 Capp, third floor

free, bring friends and special treats to share with others
ASIFA-SF will provide some of the basics for this party


The winners of the second asifa-sf spring festival are

 Best in Show

  • David Chai, A Knock on My Door

Independent Animation

  • First Place – Corrie Francis Park’s A Tangled Tale (exquisite sand animation)
  • Second Place (three way tie) – Ben Ridgway, Cosmic Flower Unfolding 
  • Michael Langan’s Choros (remarkable experimental visuals)
  • Peter Parr’s Summer Dream (exceptional drawings)
  • Best Original Music – Greg Holgate’s Cosmo with music by Nik Phelps
  • Best Kid Friendly Animation – Mark West’s The Little Red Hen
  • Bizarre Visual Humor Award – Bill Plympton’s Drunker Than A Skunk
  • Best Surreal Horror Film – Patrick Feerick’s Coffin Feeder


  • First Prize – Edith and the Bear by Hillary Bradfield, San Jose State
  • Second Prize – Tamara by Jason Marino & Craig Kitzmann, San Jose State
  • Best Designed – Dance for Your Life, Puny Human by Justin Connolly, Univ. of S. Calif.
  • Most Provocative – Palestine  by Martin Segobia, SF State

Young animators

  • Certificates of Merit to students of Tim Harrington at BayCat

Oddball Films is located at 275 Capp St. between 17th and 18th Street.

It is a giant 3rd floor warehouse loft full of rare 16mm films.  Stephen Parr provides historic footage to filmmakers and runs a great film series in this space. Capp runs parallel to and between Mission and Van Ness. The warehouse is near Muni, the 16th St. Bart Station and the Victoria Theatre.

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BUFS Cartoon Carnival and Stop Motion Sideshow

I know this is last minute, but if anyone is available tonight it looks like a great screening available through the Berkeley Underground Film Society:

708 Gilman St. @ The Tannery
All Ages – Wheelchair Accessible
Free Parking – Donations Accepted
Door 7:00PM – Film 7:30PM

2nd Annual BUFS Cartoon Carnival and Stop Motion Sideshow 

Join us for another look at early silent and sound era cartoons.  Plus a side show of colorful curiosities in an all new culmination of 16mm prints sourced from The Bray Animation Project, ATA Gallery, and other private collectors.

This is a unique opportunity to sit back and enjoy three reels of rare, very subversive early shorts from some of the most creative personalities in animated film history. Featuring the works of: Winsor McCay, Wallace Carleson, Otto Mesmer, Walt Disney, Paul Terry, Otto Foky, Jiří Trnka, Norman McLaren and others, all on 16mm!

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Classic Animation at the SF Silent Film Festival


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Castro Theatre, Sat, 7/20 10:00 AM

Accompanied by Stephen Horne
Special presentation by John Canemaker

General $15 / Member $13      buy tickets here

John Canemaker’s acclaimed biography Winsor McCay: His Life and Art celebrates the early-twentieth-century genius who gave the world Little Nemo and Gertie the Dinosaur. This special presentation is illustrated with stunning images from Canemaker’s book, as well as screenings of four of McCay’s greatest films: Little Nemo(1911, 3 mins), the first adaptation of a comic strip to a film format; the indelibly disturbing How a Mosquito Operates (1912, 6 mins); Gertie the Dinosaur (1914, 18 mins), the charming and infinitely influential animation McCay designed as part of a Vaudeville act; and The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918, 12 mins), a somber animated counterpart to McCay’s editorial cartoons. (TRT: 70 mins.)

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