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Award-Winning Filmmakers Screen Features at MICA on March 4

FILM SCREENINGS, Talks Highlight the Diverse nature of MICA

Posted 02.17.10 by mica media relations


Thursday, March 4, 6 p.m., Main Building: Room 110 (1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.), Free

My Dog Tulip (still)The MICA animation department hosts a premiere screening of My Dog Tulip, a full-length animated feature based on the celebrated novel by J.R Ackerley. My Dog Tulip is animated by Paul and Sandra Fierlinger, who will present the film at MICA.

Paul Fierlinger is the film's director, screen writer and sole animator while Sandra Fierlinger paints the backgrounds and images. They both draw and paint on a Wacom tablet, using the 2-D animation software Mirage by Bauhaus. This film will be the first animated feature ever to be entirely hand drawn and painted utilizing paperless computer technology. The Fierlingers have created primetime TV specials, such as Drawn from Memory (1995), which won best TV feature film at Annecy, France; and Still Life With Animated Dogs (2001) and A Room Nearby (2004), both recipients of the prestigious Peabody Award.

Among those providing voices for the animated characters are Christopher Plummer, Lynn Redgrave, Isabella Rosselini and Brian Murray. The film, which made its debut at Cannes Film Festival in May 2009, will be released in the United States later this year. For more information, visit www.tulipthedog.com.

Photo caption: My Dog Tulip, still, 2008.



Thursday, March 4, 7:30 p.m., Brown Center: Falvey Hall (1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.), Free

Dancing with the Devil (still)Dancing with the Devil, a 101-minute documentary screening hosted by Academy Award-winning director Jon Blair, tells the stories of Spiderman, a 28-year-old drug lord in Rio de Janeiro; inspector Leonardo Torres, a muscle-bound cop from Rio's drug squad; and Pastor Dione, an evangelical preacher who intends to end the city's drug conflict. With groundbreaking access to the drug world of Rio's slums thanks to the journalistic work of foreign correspondent Tom Phillips (United Kingdom's Guardian newspaper), the 2009 film raises important issues regarding moral ambiguity, race and religion.

After the screening, Blair will participate in a discussion that will include Johns Hopkins University professors Jennifer Culbert and Bernadette Wegenstein, and MICA video & film arts chair Patrick Wright. Blair is the only documentary producer/director working in the United Kingdom who has won all three of the premiere awards in his field: an Oscar, an Emmy (twice) and a British Academy Award.

Along with MICA's video and film arts department, this program is sponsored by Johns Hopkins University programs: the Evolution, Cognition, and Culture Project; the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures; the Department of Anthropology; the Department of Political Science; and the Program in Film and Media Studies.

Photo caption: Dancing with the Devil, still, 2009.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.