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Yuri Norstein and Nina Shorina visit US

Russian animators Yuri Norstein and Nina Shorina are visiting the US.ASIFA-Hollywood will host a reception for Yuri Norstein on Thursday,October 21, 1999 from 7-9 p.m. at ASIFA-Hollywood's Animation Center,located at 721 South Victory Blvd., in Burbank.There is no charge to attend this reception. However due to limitedspace, reservations are required. To RSVP, please call the ASIFA-Hollywoodoffice at (818) 842-8330. Born in Moscow in 1941, Norstein is consideredone of the most remarkable animation directors to emerge from the currentgeneration of Russian animators. Norstein has won numerous awards atanimation festivals all over the world for many of his animated filmsincluding: THE HEDGEHOG IN THE FOG, SEASONS, HERON AND CRANE and THE TALEOF TALES. He is currently completing production on the film many expectwill be his masterpiece, THE OVERCOAT, based on a short story by NikolaiGogol.

ASIFA-Hollywood will also welcome Nina Shorina at the Animation Center onThursday, October 28, 1999 from 7-9 p.m. Shorina will present a programdiscussing her work, and will screen several of her award-winning animatedfilms. Born in Moscow, Shorina was a popular child actress who studiedfirst acting and then filmmaking at the State Film School (VGIK). She beganworking at Soyuzmultfilm in 1976 and directed several children's filmsincluding POODLE. Just prior to perestroika Soyuzmultfilm's administrationapproved DOOR, a script ostensibly about a boy repairing a door, believingit would also be a film for children. However, the film Shorina deliveredin 1986 was for a grown up audience, the first of a trilogy including DREAMand ALTER EGO that would explore the Soviet person's reaction to thedramatic political changes sweeping the former Soviet Union. Jane Pilling,author of WOMEN AND ANIMATION, has described Nina Shorina as "one of theonly woman animators in the former Soviet Union to have created asubstantial body of work that ranks her along the established (male) namesin Soviet animation."

Admission to this program is free, but again reservations are required. ToRSVP, please call the ASIFA-Hollywood office at (818) 842-8330.

Yuri Norstein will also be making the following appearances in California:


Sunday, October 17, 10 am - 4:30 pmSF De Anza College and ASIFA SF"Show and tell" of Norstein's films and artFor more information contact: Marty MacNamara (415) 337-7079

Monday October 18, 5 - 8 pmIndustrial Light & MagicFor more information contact: Kate Shaw (415) 448-3768


Tuesday October 19, 1 - 3 pmUniversity of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)For more information contact: Dan McLaughlin (310) 825-5829

Tuesday, October 19, 7 pmCalifornia Institute of the ArtsFor more information contact: Nancy Buchanan (323) 225-1046

Wednesday, October 20, 12 noon - 2 pmThe Disney StudioFor more information contact: Ed Oboza (818) 526-4117

Wednesday, October 20, 7 - 9 pmUniversity of Southern CaliforniaFor more information contact: Christine Panushka (213) 740-0759

Thursday, October 21, 9 am - 12 noonArt CenterFor more information contact: Andillon Hackney (626) 396-2345

Friday, October 22, 6 pmEast LA College, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey ParkFor more information Tel. (323) 265-8842

Nina Shorina will also be making the following appearances in Canada andCalifornia:


October 21 - 24Ottawa Film Festival - Russian women animation retrospectiveFor more information contact: Chris Robinson (613) 232-8769


Tuesday, October 26, 11 am - 1 pmArt CenterFor more information contact: Andillon Hackney (626) 396-2345

Wednesday, October 27, time TBDLA Community CollegesFor more information contact: Chris Moreno (213) 622-3770

Thursday October 28, 4 pmUniversity of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)For more information contact: Dan McLaughlin (310) 825-5829