REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival, June 2–24, 2007

Michael Sporn’s award-winning children’s films run the gamut from gentle, minimalist animation for preschoolers, to searing explorations of social issues facing urban kids. After inspired collaborations with renowned animators Richard Williams and John and Faith Hubley, he founded his own animation studio in 1980. Since then he has produced an astonishingly diverse body of work that includes adaptations of children’s books, TV specials for broadcast and cable networks and his own self-financed films. Sporn has been nominated for an Academy Award for Dr. DeSoto and has won several Emmy and CableACE awards.

Whether working by commission or independently, Sporn always creates seamless films filled with memorable moving images, on budgets that are miniscule in comparison to the Hollywood studio system. His most recent film completed in 2005, The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, is a 10-minute short adapted from the book by Mordicai Gerstein which garnered multiple awards at recent international film festivals.

Discover a world of cinematic surprises as REDCAT presents award-winning animation, inspiring live action and rare classic films to engage and entertain film lovers of all ages. Join us in our state-of-the-art theater for more than 45 films from 15 countries in an adventurous journey around the globe and beyond. Curated by Elizabeth Shepherd.

Presented in partnership with Northwest Film Forum and Cinema K. REDCAT’s International Children’s Film Festival is generously supported by Virginia and Austin Beutner.

Detailed program:

Dr. Desoto
1984. The Oscar-nominated film adaptation of the beloved children’s book by William Steig.

The Red Shoes
1990. The best version of The Red Shoes ever, updated with a Latin beat.

Abel’s Island
1988. A city mouse is trapped in the country.

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
2005. Jake Gyllenhaal narrates the story of Philippe Petit’s tight-rope walk between the Twin Towers in 1974.

Total running time: 70 minutes.
All Ages

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Date/Time G ST CA
Sun 6.3.07 12:30 pm $5
Sat 6.9.07 12:30 pm$5  
Sat 6.16.07 12:30 pm$5  
Sun 6.24.07 12:30 pm$5  

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff