Thursday, December 1, 2011

Flying House Prize

While I was at the CTN event, I heard through Facebook that my Winsor McCay project “The Flying House” won the animation prize at the Williamsburg Film Festival. Wow – just think about it! Winsor McCay won a film festival prize! What a concept. 80 years after his death, one of his animations wins a festival award.

The earliest major film festival was held in Venice in 1932, only two years before his death, so he did not have much opportunity to have his work shown.

My hopes are that Winsor McCay is somewhere up in his surreal cosmos smiling down on me, happy from the fact that 90 years after creating “The Flying House”, his last film, the cartoon is finally getting the attention and respect it deserves.

Wow, a 90 year posthumous animation prize – let's hope that this will be just the beginning of more accolades for Winsor McCay and his wonderful “Flying House”. Also, be sure to watch for a DVD of the Flying House which includes both versions of the great film, plus expert opinions by the likes of Jerry Beck and Leonard Maltin, plus a few cool surprises – so check it out this spring!

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