Sound + Vision is proud to present
The Hubley Studio: Animated films by John and Faith Hubley
Friday, June 10 at the Hollywood Theatre, 7pm, $10
John and Faith Hubley were Oscar-winning animated filmmakers whose work has been given a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The couple, whose children include animated filmmaker Emily Hubley and Yo La Tengoʼs Georgia Hubley, vowed to make one film a year with each other. John Canemaker wrote: “The husband and wife team made iconoclastic, socially relevant, painterly films that were meant to, as John Hubley said, ʻIncrease awareness, to warn, to humanize, to elevate vision, to suggest goals, to deepen our understanding of ourselves and our relationship with each other.ʼ Tonightʼs program will include:
Adventures of an * (1957, 10 mins) A baby, represented by the “*” symbol, delights in the visual excitement of the world. As he matures, his ability to see diminishes. Eventually, his own child freshens his vision. Produced and written by John and Faith Hubley and directed by John Hubley, this film features music by Benny Carter. Soloist: Lionel Hampton.
The Hole (1963, 15 mins) An improvised dialogue between two demolition workers in the streets of New York leads to an argument about the laws of chance, which, in turn, develops into a discussion of the dangers of nuclear warfare. Produced and written by John and Faith Hubley and directed by John Hubley, this film won an Academy Award in 1963 for Best Animated Short. Voices by Dizzy Gillespie and George Matthews.
Tijuana Brass Double Feature (1966, 6 mins) A satiric visualization of two musical pieces by Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass: “Tijuana Taxi” and “Spanish Flea.” Produced by John and Faith Hubley and directed by John Hubley, this won an Academy Award in 1966. Music by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.
Windy Day (1967, 8 mins) An improvised dialogue of two little girls (voices by Georgia and Emily Hubley) is the background for the expressive visualization of their view of marriage and babies, love and death. Produced and directed by John and Faith Hubley.
My Universe Inside Out (1996, 25 mins) Faith Hubleyʼs animated self-portrait is intercut with a parallel story of the universe. Ms. Hubley recalls infancy, childhood, turbulent adolescence, adventurous youth, family life, sudden death, crisis and joy.
Includes clips from classic Hubley Studio films. Music by Don Christensen (Raybeats, Contortions, Philip Glass).
Tall Time Tales (1992, 9 mins) Produced and directed by Faith Hubley, this is about the many faces of time. The viewer experiences the flow of time from the future to the past, through cyclic, biological, curved and paradoxical time. Is it linear? Cyclic? With voices by Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and Max Rosenthal. Music by Don Christensen.
Tender Game (1958, 6 mins) A jazz version of the song “Tenderly” provides the soundtrack for a delicate tale of love. Produced and written by John Hubley. Music Performed by Ella Fitzgerald and the Oscar Peterson Trio: Ray Brown, bass and Herb Ellis, guitar.
Date with Dizzy (1956, 10 mins) An advertising director tries to work with Dizzy Gillespie on a score for a “Rope Ladder” commercial. Directed by John Hubley, this live-action short, with a story by Faith Hubley, showcases three of Hubleyʼs animated commercials in their entirety, as well as performances by the Dizzy Gillespie Quartet.
John and Faithʼs daughter Emily Hubley will be here tonight to answer questions.
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard, Portland, OR 97212 (503) 493-1128
Presented by chickfactor + the Hollywood Theatre
image above from Date with Dizzy.