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Faith Hubley Dies at 77

Oscar-winning, independent animator Faith Hubley passed away in New Haven, Connecticut on Friday, December 7, 2001 of cancer. She was 77 years old. Hubley was a native of New York, where she and her husband John established Hubley Studio in 1955. Prior to Johns death in 1977, the Hubleys created 21 animated films together, including the Academy Award winners, HOLE, MOONBIRD and HERB ALPERT AND THE TIJUANA BRASS DOUBLE FEATURE. Faith Hubley collected many awards over her long career. In addition to the three Academy Awards from seven nominations, she received a Sundance Film Festival Award and the Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award from the San Francisco International Film Festival. She was also presented with an honorary degree from CalArts earlier this year. Hubley once said that one of her lifelong dreams was to "reconnect the art of animation to the long and magnificent history of painting and drawing." After her husband passed away, Hubley continued producing animated films, 25 in all, many of which dealt with mythological imagery from many different cultures. Faiths last work, NORTHERN ICE, GOLDEN SUN, which conveys the Inuits deep attachment to the natural world, will premiere Tuesday, December 11th at 7pm in the James Bridges Theater at UCLA. Faith Hubley was scheduled to attend this evening devoted to the work of two friends and animators, Faith Hubley and Dan McLaughlin, professor of the UCLA Animation Workshop. Admission is free, but reservations are requested. Call (310) 825-5829. A celebration of her life and work will be held at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., New York City, on January 8, 2002.