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Bill Plympton to be Honored with El Dorado Award

Press Release from the San Joaquin International Film Festival

Stockton, California, USA - The San Joaquin Film Society announces that Academy Award-nominated, "Indie Animation King" Bill Plympton will receive the inaugural El Dorado Award at the 2nd San Joaquin International Film Festival (SJIFF2, May 14-23). The El Dorado Award honors an exceptional artist whose artistry, creativity, and originality has made a tremendous impact on independent cinema. The award will be presented to Mr. Plympton at the Central Valley Premiere screening of his latest animated feature IDIOTS AND ANGELS, on Saturday, May 16, 2009, 6:30PM, at the Stockton Empire Theatre (1825 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95202).

The next morning, Mr. Plympton will present a Master Class at the festival's annual Filmmakers and VIP Brunch on Sunday, May 17, 2009, 10:00AM at the Matinee Movie Lounge. At the in-depth seminar, Mr. Plympton will share his artistic and business experiences in animated cinema, demonstrate with live drawings, screen exclusive short films from his repertoire, and interact in a Q&A session with the audience.

AdmissionEl Dorado Award / IDIOTS AND ANGELS-- $10.00 General-- $9.00 Senior 65+ / Student-- $8.00 Members

Filmmakers and VIP Brunch-- $25.00 General / Senior 65+ / Student-- $20.00 Members

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 24, 2009 online at

Angel is a selfish, abusive, morally bankrupt man who hangs out as his local bar, berating the other patrons. One day, Angel mysteriously wakes up with a pair of wings on his back. The wings make him do good deeds, contrary to his nature. He desperately tries to rid himself of the good wings, but eventually finds himself fighting those who view the wings as their ticket to fame and fortune. (USA, 2008, 78 minutes)

Screening at major festivals around the world - IDIOTS AND ANGELS had its World Premiere at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. It was honored with a Special Distinction Award at the prestigious 2008 Annecy International Animation Festival in France. In Porto, Portugal in March 2009, the film was awarded the Grand Prize at FantasPorto, one of the biggest film festivals in Europe. The El Dorado Award screening of IDIOTS AND ANGELS at SJIFF2 in Stockton will be the film's first presentation to an audience in California's 400-mile Central Valley.