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Animator Emily Hubley visits Edinboro University March 29-30

Globally renowned and award-winning filmmaker

03/23/2012

Edinboro, Pa. – Next Thursday, renowned animator Emily Hubley visits Edinboro University for a two-day series of events, including a film screening at 2 p.m. in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center’s Scot Theatre. 

Hubley’s feature film to be screened Thursday, “The Toe Tactic,” was first shown at the Museum of Modern Art in 2009. The humorous, 83-minute 2008 film tells the story of Mona, depressed over her father’s death, who discovers that benevolent aliens, who appear as animated cartoon squiggles, are watching over her. This event is free and open to the public.

Drawn with markers and watercolors, Hubley’s animations have been featured in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and in the documentaries Everything’s Cool and Blue Vinyl. Her shorts have been shown at film festivals, including Sundance and South by Southwest, and programs of her films have been presented at the Museum of Modern Art, the Tribeca Film Festival, Ocularis/Galapagos Art Space and the robert Flaherty Film Seminar.

In addition to screenings of her animated feature, Ms. Hubley continues to present programs of her animated work, most recently at the International Animated Film Festivals in Poznan and Krakow, Poland, and in China.

She appears at Edinboro University as the Visiting Artist Committee’s 2012 Lecturer and as the Juror for the Erie Art Museum’s 89th Annual Spring Show.

Also Thursday at 7 p.m. in Doucette Hall’s Room 119, Hubley will deliver a one-hour talk, free and open to the public, on her work and influences, including her experience growing up as the child of animators John and Faith Hubley.

Then, on Friday, in the Pogue Center’s Scot Theatre at 11:30 a.m., Hubley will participate in a panel discussion titled, “Rejection and Acceptance: Independent Film Production and Distribution.” The discussion, also free and open to the public, will be moderated by Professor Brad Pattullo and include panelists Tony Buba, braddockfilms.com; Olivia Ciummo, Edinboro Professor of Film, oliviaciummo.com; John Lyon, the-lyons-den.com; and Greg Ropp, eeriehorrorfest.com, spirtquestfilmfest.com.

The annual Visiting Artist Committee speaker is funded through the Visiting Artist & Speaker Endowment, chaired by Michelle Vitali.

Edinboro University began as the Edinboro Academy in the mid-19th Century. But the 1920s, the institution was known throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for its strong art education program. Today, the Art Department is one of the largest on campus with some 1,000 majors taking courses in Art Education, Art History, Applied Media Arts (animation, cinema/film, graphic design, photography), Fine Arts, and Crafts.  Some 50 art professors teach in five campus buildings and online and through internships in Erie, Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York and Toronto.

 The Art Department houses the University’s professional exhibition space in Bruce Gallery, and the student-run Bates Gallery is located in historic Loveland Hall.