Steamboy Screening at Egyptian Theater

Jan 19th 2005
THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS
TWO ONE NIGHT ANIMATION EVENTS IN FEBRUARY
AT THE EGYPTIAN THEATRE

Ain't It Cool News/American Cinematheque Sneak Preview Screening of
New Anime Film STEAMBOY
Monday, February 7

A Night with Academy Award Nominated Animator Chris Landreth Tuesday, February 8 Presented in Association with International Animated
Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood


HOLLYWOOD - The American Cinematheque presents two one night animation events exclusively at the Egyptian Theatre. On Monday, February 7th the groundbreaking Internet website Ain't It Cool News and the American Cinematheque are joining forces once again to present a special Sneak Preview of an upcoming movie that we think is really exceptional and exciting, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers! The film is the new retro sci-fi anime STEAMBOY (2004, 106 min., Japan.) from the director of AKIRA. On Tuesday, February 8th is a night with Academy Award nominated animator Chris Landreth in person. Screenings are at the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic 1922 Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood.

Monday, February 7 - Egyptian Theatre:
The Monday, February 7th program begins at 7:30 PM with the Ain't It Cool News/American Cinematheque Sneak Preview screening of the new anime film, STEAMBOY. Director Katsuhiro Otomo's retro sci-fi anime, is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to his internationally-acclaimed animated classic AKIRA. STEAMBOY features the voices of Patrick Stewart, Alfred Molina and Academy Award(tm)-winner Anna Paquin. An Official Selection at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival, the film has been praised by critics worldwide for its startling imagery and Otomo's trademark dedication to detail.

Eight years in the making with a budget of $27 million, STEAMBOY is the costliest animated feature film ever produced outside of the United States. A seamless hybrid of traditional hand-drawn animation and 3-D computer-generated effects, STEAMBOY also showcases several new breakthroughs in animation and digital technology. These include the use of tracking camera effects and the rendering of astoundingly life-like "steam" effects.

Set in 19th Century Great Britain, at the time of the Great Exhibition, STEAMBOY is an epic story about the power of science, man's quest to control nature, and above all - courage. An inventor prodigy named Ra Stim receives a mysterious metal ball which contains a new form of energy capable of powering an entire nation. This young boy must use it to fight evil, redeem his family, and save London from destruction. The lush Victorian interiors and the elegance of the era's mechanical design allow Otomo to create dazzling visual backgrounds and machines. With more than 180,000 drawings and 400 CG cuts, STEAMBOY is one of the most elaborate animated features of 2005. Triumph Releasing will open STEAMBOY in major cities on Friday, March 18, 2005. [Note: We will be screening the English-dubbed version of the film.]

STEAMBOY will not be available for review in connection with this screening. For more information please contact James Lewis/MPRM at 323-933-3399 ext. 255 or [email protected]

Tuesday, February 8 - Egyptian Theatre:
Presented in Association with International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood

The Tuesday, February 8th program begins at 7:30 PM with a program of animation by Canadian Chris Landreth. Chris Landreth began his career as an engineer, not an animator. When he made the leap to animation, that training came in handy while working for Alias/Wavefront, where he tested new animation software, before it was released to the public.

This led to his first two shorts, "the end" and "Bingo." Chris has evolved into a realm of animation he calls "psycho-realism" with his latest short "Ryan," which challenges our notions of documentary and animation. We will also show two of Ryan Larkin's shorts, the acclaimed, mysterious animator and subject of "Ryan." The following films will screen, although not necessarily in order listed.

Chris Landreth's "The End" (6 min, 1995) This twisted, surreal film about the director's challenge to create was nominated for an Academy Award in 1996 for Best Animated Short Film by Alias/Wavefront produced it to test new features in the development of its animation software MAYA.

Chris Landreth's "Bingo" (5 min, 1998) Award-winning short full of Chris's bizarre imagery and exaggerated characters. This short announces "Chris's particular style of "psychological realism".

Chris Landreth's "Ryan" (14 min, 2004) Chris's evolving "psycho-realism" style represents "Ryan" combination of hand-drawn animation combined with photo-realistic, animation and documentary.

Ryan Larkin's "Walking" (5 min, 1968) was nominated for an Academy Award for Animated Short in 1968. This extraordinarily influential observation of the way people walk is still used to teach animation students the basics of human motion.

Ryan Larkin's "Street Musique" (9 min, 1972). Amusing, imaginative and abstract caricactures of familiar rituals fill this tribute to street musicians. Chris Landreth will appear for an extended discussion with the audience about his groundbreaking techniques in animation and the influence of the work of Ryan Larkin.

Tapes may be available. Please call the Cinematheque offices for more details.

? COLOR AND/OR BLACK & WHITE FILM STILLS ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST BY E-MAIL. PLEASE SEND YOUR REQUEST TO [email protected]???

WE DO NOT HAVE GUARANTEED PRESS PASSES TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANCE PRESS SCREENINGS.

A complete calendar/flyer listing of these films is available on our website. General Admission is $9. Double Features are two films for one admission price. There is generally a 7 - 10 minute intermission between films. 24-Hour information: 323.466.FILM

REQUESTS FOR PRESS TICKETS TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS AND INTERVIEW REQUESTS:
* TICKET REQUESTS MUST BE IN WRITING AND SHOULD BE FAXED TO 323-461-9737 ATTN: MARGOT GERBER, 24 HOURS PRIOR TO SHOW TIME. THURSDAY AT 6 PM IS THE ABSOLUTE DEADLINE FOR REQUESTS FOR WEEKEND SCREENINGS. PLEASE INCLUDE INFORMATION ABOUT WHEN YOUR COVERAGE WILL APPEAR AND A JOURNALISTS WISHING TO AUDIO OR VIDEOTAPE DISCUSSIONS MUST ALSO SEND A FAXED REQUEST. IF YOUR REQUEST IS ACCEPTED, YOU WILL PICK UP YOUR TICKETS THE NIGHT OF THE SHOW AT THE BOX OFFICE. Details at: http://www.americancinematheque.com/pressreleases/pressticketpolicies.htm

* INTERVIEW REQUESTS MUST ALSO BE IN WRITING. WE WILL FORWARD YOUR REQUEST TO THE FILMMAKER/ACTOR AND HIS/HER REPRESENTATIVE. WE CAN NOT INFLUENCE THEIR DECISION TO GRANT AN INTERVIEW.

* TICKET PRICES $9 General; $6 Cinematheque Members. $8 Seniors (65+ years) and students with valid ID card. Must be shown at box office at time of purchase.

THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

Our permanent daily attraction film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD screens Saturdays & Sundays at 2 PM & 3:30 PM exclusively at the Egyptian Theatre. For press passes to see it for review purposes, please call Margot Gerber at 323.461.2020, ext. 115.

UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
* A Valentine's Day Sweetheart Tour (February 12 & 13 at 10:30 AM) featuring tidbits from the life of America's original Sweetheart, Mary Pickford and her husband Douglas Fairbanks (who were frequent visitors to Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre in the 1920's) and some tasty sweets. Bring your Sweetheart and one of you will get in for free during this two for one Valentine's Day special offer.
* Art Directors & Production Designers Festival, February 4 -6
* Les Classiques Du Cinema: The Fall of Otrar (Gibel Otrara), February 10
* Angels & Devils: The Films of Josef von Sternberg & Marlene Dietrich, February 11 - 20


American Cinematheque, 1800 North Highland Avenue, Suite 717, Hollywood, CA 90028
(tel) 323.466-FILM (fax) 323.461.9737 On the web: http://www.egyptiantheatre.com

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