Screening: “The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation” by John Canemaker

Screening event with John Canemaker







The Film and Media Department and the IMA Development Fund are hosting a screening at Hunter College. Join us for the screening of “The Moon and the Son: An Imagine Conversation” by director John Canemaker.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
7:00pm until 9:00pm
Hunter College, The Lang Auditorium – Hunter North 424

From the Bio and Press Release for “The Moon and the Son”:

John Canemaker is a key figure in American independent animation. His animated films have a distinctive personal style emphasizing emotion, personality and dynamic visual expression. Canemaker has received numerous prestigious awards for his work including an Academy Award, an Emmy and a Peabody Award.

His film, The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation, won an Oscar in 2005 for Best Animated Short, as well as an Emmy. A 28-minute autobiographical essay about a troubled father/son relationship, The Moon and the Son marked a personal and professional breakthrough in animation storytelling.

He created animation for two award-winning documentaries: HBO’s You Don’t have to Die (1989), which won an Academy Award for documentary short; and Break the Silence: Kids Speak Out Against Abuse (1991), a Peabody Award-winning CBS special. His other commissioned work for television and feature film includes commercials, Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, and an animated sequence in The World According to Garp (1981).

In addition to his groundbreaking animation work, Canemaker is an internationally renowned animation historian and teacher. He has written nine books on animation, as well as numerous essays, articles and monographs for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications.

No subject matter is off-limits or deemed too ‘difficult’ for the animation imagination of John Canemaker, who has extended the vocabulary of the art form way beyond the ‘safe’ cartoon image. Canemaker is an extraordinarily skillful artist whose distinctive style is nevertheless ultimately defined by the subject matter. Canemaker addresses the core of his subject with compassion and fearlessness-the painterly qualities and the accomplished, energetic line movement expressing his artistic vision.

— Jytte Jensen, Associate Curator of Film and Video, The Museum of Modern Art