CPM, Ithaca College Announce Negadon Academic Screening

Mar 19th 2006
Preview Screening of “Negadon” at Roy. H Park School of Communications

New York, NY (March 17, 2005) - Leading North American anime publisher Central Park Media and Ithaca College announced today a joint academic screening of CPM's forthcoming computer-generated monster movie Negadon: The Monster from Mars. This special preview screening will take place on Friday, March 24 at 7:30 PM in Room 138 of Ithaca's Roy H. Park School of Communications in Ithaca, New York. It is free and open to the public.

The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Ithaca College Professor and Filmmaker Simon Tarr and Ithaca Alum and Central Park Media Assistant Marketing Manager Peter Tatara.

About Negadon: The Monster from Mars:
Directed by Jun Awazu from his original script and rendered in staggeringly realistic computer graphics, Negadon: The Monster from Mars pays homage to a wide variety of 1950's and 60's Japanese monster movies such as Godzilla, Mothra, and other classics which first brought global attention to Japan's then-emerging post-war feature film industry. Negadon is the world's first completely computer-generated monster movie. The film was in production for over three years and required the invention of special rendering algorithms to reproduce a 1950's style look. Unleashed in Japan in October 2005, Negadon won the Outstanding Production Award at the 20th Digital Contents Grand Prix and was named a Jury Recommended Work at the 9th Japan Media Arts Festival. Central Park Media will be releasing Negadon theatrically this spring and this summer on DVD. For more on Negadon, visit www.NegadonAttacks.com.

About Simon Tarr:
Simon Tarr has been making movies since the age of eight. Since then, his films have been screened on every continent  including Antarctica  and been seen in hundreds of film festivals. His first feature film, RUBICON, was accepted to the Angelika New Filmmakers series and is available to millions of movie fans through Netflix. He is chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers and is a Trustee of the University Film and Video Foundation. Simon Tarr served on the faculty of Pennsylvania State University before coming to Ithaca College. He has also worked professionally as a freelance graphic designer, computer animator, location mixer, rerecording mixer, and digital media production engineer. For more on Simon Tarr, visit www.berserker-rage.com.

About Peter Tatara:
Peter Tatara is an Ithaca graduate currently serving as Assistant Marketing Manger at Central Park Media. While majoring in Screenwriting, Tatara's path out of college took him into marketing and, now at CPM, he crafts both consumer and retailer product awareness programs. In his free time, Tatara is an amateur filmmaker whose work can be seen online at www.JohnnyRobo.cjb.net. Tatara will be returning to Ithaca to speak about Negadon's production and localization and life after college.

About the Roy H. Park School of Communications:
With some 1,200 students and 60 faculty, the Roy H. Park School of Communications is a national leader in the field of communications education. It offers bachelor's degrees in television-radio; cinema and photography; integrated marketing communications; organizational communication, learning, and design; film, photography, and visual arts; and journalism; and a master's degree in communications. For more information on the Park School, visit http://www.ithaca.edu/rhp.php.

About Central Park Media
Central Park Media is a 15-year-old Manhattan-based independent video and book publisher focused on Japanese and Korean animation and graphic novels. Central Park Media has been a leading supplier of anime in the United States since 1990, and a major publisher of manga since 1994. The company currently manufactures and distributes animated video programming under several label names, including U.S. Manga Corps, Be Beautiful, Software Sculptors and Central Park Media, as well as live-action Asian feature films under its Asia Pulp Cinema label.

With exclusive rights to hundreds of graphic novels, the company has become a leading North American publisher of Japanese manga and Korean manhwa. Among CPM's fan-favorite graphic novel titles are Lee Hyun Se's Nambul (the best-selling manhwa in Korean publishing history), and Kia Asamiya's Dark Angel. Under its Be Beautiful imprint, the company also publishes popular yaoi manga such as the best-selling Kizuna - Bonds of Love (the best-selling yaoi title in Japanese publishing history). Visit www.centralparkmedia.com, www.cpmpress.com and www.bebeautifulmanga.com for more information.

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