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Ray Bradbury Future Fest This Weekend!

Ray Bradbury Future Fest is a celebration organized by California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) School of Film/Video faculty member E. Michael Mitchell, in association with J.R. Smith, alumni and select advanced students from School of Film/Video Program in Character Animation. The event presents artwork and film exploring the writings of sci-fi master Ray Bradbury, who will make several unscheduled appearances at the event.

The Ray Bradbury Future Fest brings together CalArts alumni and talent from the schools of Character Animation, Music, Theatre and Dance directed by Animation alumni J. R. Smith.

The exhibition is a visual development presentation offering creative resources for future projects. These possible projects include theatrical, television and film productions and videogames.

Elements of the presentation are large-scale installations in themselves. Some drawings are up to 50 feet long. Future Fest is a highly dramatic environment offering wall-size storyboards and nearly full size set designs along with life size costume and character designs.

The works in Future Fest were selected by Bradbury and relate to such books as FAHRENHEIT 451, MARTIAN CHRONICLES and ILLUSTRATED MAN. This event is in association with Terrence Shank, long-standing producer and director of Ray Bradbury's theater works.

Future Fest also includes music, drama and dance performances.

Ray Bradbury Future Fest will be held on June 19 from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm at The Foundry, 1583 Fishburn Ave. in Los Angeles.

CalArts, the first U.S. higher educational institution to integrate the visual and performing arts under one roof, is recognized as one of the nation's leading laboratory for the arts. Housing six schools Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater CalArts embraces creative cross-pollination among diverse art forms and traditions, and strongly encourages each artist to pursue his or her vision within a broad context of social and cultural understanding.

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