Screening, followed by discussions, offers a look into the life and works of ZarrinKelk
LOS ANGELES, CA - Farhang Foundation, in collaboration with theUSC School of Cinematic Arts, proudly invites all who are interested to spend an afternoon with famed Iranian animator, Noureddin ZarrinKelk, on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 2pm at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
This 90-minute free program features the North American premiere of ZarrinKelk's most recent film, "Bani Adam"; a retrospective look at his esteemed career; and a conversation with ZarrinKelk himself. All guests are welcome to stay for a reception, sponsored by Farhang Foundation, that follows the program.
An Afternoon with Iranian Animator,
Noureddin ZarrinKelk - Sep 25, 2011
Widely regarded as the father of Iranian animation, ZarrinKelk began his career at the age of 16, drawing caricatures for Iranian magazines. After earning a Ph.D. in pharmacology, he worked as an illustrator trying to change the long-held tradition of imageless textbooks in Iran. While working at Iran's Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, ZarrinKelk saw how animated film can engage young audiences and was soon making films for children. He has since advanced Iranian animation by founding the country's first animation school in 1974, an MA animation course in 1977, and Iran's branch of the International Animated Film Society (ASIFA) in 1987. In his illustrious, half-century career, ZarrinKelk has helped to find a distinct and highly vaulted place for animation and graphic art in the broad field of painting.
Admission to the September 25th program is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required by visiting USC School of Cinematic Arts events page.
To learn more about Farhang Foundation and its programming in support of Iranian art, culture, and heritage, please visit www.farhang.org.
About Noureddin Zarrinkelk
Noureddin Zarrinkelk was born into a family of traditional Persian painters and calligraphers. In fact his last name means "Golden Pen" in Persian. But Noureddin, affectionately called Noori, also had a daring eye for adapting modern subjects, and perhaps it was also his fate to re-imagine this 13th Century art- form in a new light, as Noor means "Light." He started his career at 16, drawing caricatures for Iranian magazines. After earning a Ph.D. in pharmacology, he worked as an illustrator trying to change the long-held tradition of imageless textbooks in Iran. While working at Iran's Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (a.k.a. Kanoon) Noori saw how animated film can engage young audiences. With the full support of the institute's managing director, he went t
o Belgium to study animation and was soon making films for children. He has since advanced Iranian animation by founding the country's first animation school in 1974, an MA animation course in 1977, and Iran's branch of the International Animated Film Society (ASIFA) in 1987. He is commonly regarded as the father of Iranian animation. In his illustrious, half-century career, Noureddin Zarrinkelk has helped to find a distinct and highly vaulted place for animation and graphic art in the broad field of painting. And increasingly, Iranian artists are recognized and received with great respect worldwide, in large part because of Nouredddin's persistence and hard work. His creativity in animation and graphics is interwoven with powerful peculiarities of Iranian art and soul, which makes him one of the most renowned representatives of the culture of his country. At the same time, his art, with universal values, designates him as a world artist.
About "Bani Adami"
Ambassadors of different countries at the United Nations deliver amazing speeches about love, peace and solidarity, however this short movie is a condemnation against the present "United Nation". It has nothing to do with the statements and slogans by mad dictators and has not ever been supported by any governmental organizations.
About University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts
Founded in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1929 over 80 years ago, the USC School of Cinematic Arts has fueled and mirrored the growth of entertainment as an industry and an art form. The school offers comprehensive programs in directing, producing, writing, critical studies, animation and digital arts, production, and interactive media, all backed by a broad liberal arts education and taught by leading practitioners in each field. Its more than 10,500 alumni are among the world's most distinguished animators, scholars, teachers, writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, editors, sound experts and industry executives. Since 1973 not a year has passed without an alumnus or alumna being nominated for an Academy Award. For more info visit:http://cinema.usc.edu
About Farhang Foundation
Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art, culture and heritage for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports cultural programs such as celebration of Nowruz and Mehregan, theater, dance performances, films screenings and poetry reading in Southern California. Farhang Foundation, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions plans major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. For more info visit: www.farhang.org
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