TYRUS is Pamela Tom’s tour-de-force documentary about 105-year old Guangzhou-born, L.A. based visual artist, Tyrus Wong and his breathtaking scope of work across multiple artistic mediums and his personal and professional journey navigating racial bigotry in 20th century America. Reaching back to 1919, nine-year old Tyrus and his father left their village and family in China. Tyrus’s incredible journey takes him from the Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco where he is detained and interrogated, to earning a scholarship to Otis Art Institute. Tom’s film makes meticulous use of Tyrus Wong’s exquisite art, archival footage, illuminating interviews and commentary from Wong himself to document how his unique style, melding Chinese calligraphic and landscape influences with contemporary Western art, helped the Disney animated film, Bambi (1942) specifically, and early Hollywood in general establish their signature visual styles. Although his design work was crucial to the animated classic Bambi and over 100 live action movies including The Music Man, Rebel Without a Cause and The Wild Bunch, the name Tyrus Wong remains largely unknown – until now. Tyrus’s life weaves an extraordinary thread in the tapestry of the American experience. more info here
In this water-ink animated film Requiem for Romance, a modern-day couple’s secret love affair comes to a bittersweet end during an evening phone call. Cell phone static creates distance between them as they battle over details of their relationship. But the visuals of the film reveal something vastly different: a parallel narrative of their relationship set in an epic feudal landscape where family influence, cultural pressures and their lust for adventure makes more sense. In this dream-like short film, they fight to hold on to a love they cannot escape. It is often noted that Requiem for Romance advanced to the Shortlist stage for the Oscars race in 2013
The films will be presented by Requiem for Romance director Jonathan Ng, with a Q & A sessions following the screening.
is an award winning, multi-disciplinary animation filmmaker whose unique set of hand-made styles focus on merging themes of action, experience and fantasy. His last film Requiem for Romance, a water ink slice of life, has toured festivals around the world, winning Best Art Direction at Anima Mundi, while earning a badge from Vimeo Staff Picks and being presented to the major studios in California as part of the Animation Show of Shows. Having worked in the animation industry since 2004, his feature animation credits include The Little Prince, The Mummy 3, Spiderwick Chronicles, April & the Extraordinary World, and The Day of the Crows. Jonathan is also known for one of his earliest films, Asthma Tech, produced at the National Film Board of Canada, a semi-autobiographical tale recounting his experiences with childhood asthma and its relationship to him learning how to draw.
Tuesday, June 19, 3:30 pm
De Seve Theatre (McConnell Building lobby), 1400 de Maisonneuve W, Concordia University