Well before the major Golden Age Cartoon studios produced their famous films in Hollywood, a host of budding animators, directors, and production companies churned out hundreds of animated cartoons in New York City. Back in the silent and early sound eras of film, characters like Felix the Cat, Koko the Clown, Farmer Alfalfa, Mutt & Jeff, the original Tom & Jerry (humans; not the cat and mouse!) and many others dominated a budding art form and New York-bred industry that was born right here in our cityscape.
In colloboration with City Lore, an arts and culture non-profit dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of New York City, animation historian and film archivist Tommy José Stathes, a lifelong Queens resident, has curated an evening of these early cartoons produced in New York City. Sourced directly from Stathes' personal archives, the films will be shown at the City Lore Gallery in rare archival 16mm prints. In light of the holiday season, this program features winter-themed animation from the 1920s-30s. Films will be followed by discussion and Q&A.
Doors open at 7pm. Screening begins at 7:30pm.
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Saturday, 05 December, 2015
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