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Watch: Clip From Animation Doc 'Persistence Of Vision' (And Come Watch The Movie With Us This Friday!)

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 26, 2013 4:57 PM
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One of the highlights of last year's Doc NYC Film Festival was a film called "Persistence of Vision," that tracked the seemingly endless work by Canadian-born animator Richard Williams, on his never-truly-completed animated feature that would end up being released as "The Thief and the Cobbler." Now, watch a clip from the movie and come by the 92nd Street Y in New York City on Friday for a special screening of "Persistence of Vision," followed by a Q&A with director Kevin Schreck hosted by yours truly.

Doc NYC Review: 'Persistence of Vision' Is A Heartbreaking Account Of A Thwarted Animated Masterpiece

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 9, 2012 2:05 PM
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When Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis needed a team to provide animation for their ambitious hybrid "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," they didn't turn to their own team at Disney Feature Animation who, with "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves," singlehandedly invented the animated feature (and was responsible for the medium's continued popularity). Instead, Spielberg and company turned to Richard Williams, an eccentric, Canadian-born animator who ran an animation studio and ad agency in London and who, quite recently, had been responsible for developing a technology to shade animated characters that were inserted into live action plates. The collaboration was a rousing success, netting Williams a pair of Oscars, but his directorial debut, "The Thief and the Cobbler," wasn't so lucky. "Persistence of Vision" explores the monomania of a man determined to push the envelope of the medium, until the envelope explodes.

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