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Woodstock Museum Hosts 5th Annual Film & Video Festival

Also celebrates 15th anniversary (August 27, 2004)

Sat., Sept. 4, 2 PM Yuma's afternoon performance of dance and song is a special treat for children who are invited to take center stage, given their parts and engaged as they become part of the performance. Yuma is a Japanese soul folk singer and painter that has performed all over the world and was nominated for a Grammy award. Honored by Mohammed Ali for her cross-cultural messages, Yuma brings style and art into all her performances through her unique masks and costumes she designs for her shows. Her four octave voice has been the talk of her many news reviews.

Sat., Sept. 4, 3:15 PM "RockFish" (2004) a 9-minute computer animation, is currently short-listed for Academy Award nomination, the second animated short from Blur Studio to earn that distinction. "Aunt Luisa", the studio's first original film, was short-listed by the Academy last year.

"RockFish" is a comic book-influenced, high adventure tale set on a barren planet in a distant corner of the galaxy. Sirius Kirk is a no-nonsense working man tasked with rounding up creatures that "swim" through rocks far below the planet's surface and plague the miners who live and work there. The story starts out as just another day on the job for Kirk but quickly turns into a titanic struggle with the catch of his life.

Both in its scope and artistic ambition, "RockFish" is a most significant undertaking. Presented in 2.35.1 anamorphic wide screen, the film is a sweeping story of spirited action with sharply drawn characters and richly detailed locales. Writer, director Miller spins a plot loaded with danger, heroism and warm character moments. "RockFish" features a beautiful original orchestral score and a vivid sound design track. While "RockFish" more than stands on its own, the film also serves as a calling card for the brand of Animation Blur Studio intends to bring to feature production.

Miller's vision is to produce films that evoke a comic book aesthetic and the spirit of Saturday matinee thrillers. He sees such films as having broad, crossover appeal and filling the yawning gap between animated children's films and niche computer generated (CG) films appealing to a small circle of animation buffs. "The only true way to bring book sensibility to the big screen is through a mixture of CG and realisms," he said, "not completely real, because then it's not a comic book, but not so completely stylized that it becomes a cartoon. I'd like to bring some of the "over the top" action in comics to the big screen and this film is a big step in that direction.

Blur Studio produced "RockFish" entirely in-house. A small team of highly focused animators worked around the clock and was supplemented by many animators working "after hours." The film took a little more than four months to complete. For additional information contact: Linda Rosner, Artisans Public Relations (310) 837-6008

Blur Studio is located at 589 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291 Tel (310) 581-8848


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