John Canemaker’s Two Guys Named Joe: Master Animation Storytellers Joe Grant and Joe Ranft (Oct 1-2): Academy Award–winning animation filmmaker John Canemaker presents an illustrated lecture based on his new book Two Guys Named Joe, an immensely entertaining and insightful portrait of the legendary animation storytellers Joe Grant (1908–2005) and Joe Ranft (1960–2005). Grant helped create such masterworks as Snow White, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, and Lady and the Tramp, as well as more recent hits like The Lion King. Ranft, a Pixar creative cofounder and storyboard artist, is widely celebrated for his imaginative contributions to such recent classics as The Brave Little Toaster, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Toy Story, James and the Giant Peach, and Monsters, Inc. Canemaker will sign copies of his book after the lecture on October 1. For more info, check here.
Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today (Sep 22-30): Yeonghwa is the Korean word for film, and since South Korean cinema now features prominently in every major international film festival, it is a good word for cineastes to know. Korean film tends to blend technical excellence with idiosyncratic individual expression and an entrepreneurial spirit—filmmakers often write and direct their work—while embracing a wide variety of styles and subjects. These factors have helped to endear Korean cinema to filmgoers the world over. Korean cinema is generally made for a national audience, so its vision is rarely diminished by compromises in the name of global appeal. Instead, these films provide a revealing window into a rich culture that for many Americans appears at once alien and oddly familiar. For screening info, check here.