ASIFA Screenings Promote Pop Cultural Literacy

ASIFA-Hollywood has set a series of free screenings aimed at familiarizing animation students, the animation community and the general public with some of the entertainers who had a huge impact on the golden age of animation.

Among the entertainers getting their due in the screening series at Woodbury University are Spike Jones, Doodles Weaver, Maria Callas, Buck Owens, Cab Calloway, Muddy Waters and Dave Brubeck.

‘It always surprises me when I meet a college student who is studying animation who doesn’t know anything about the music that came before the Beatles or movies before Star Wars,’ writes Stephen Worth, director of the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive. ‘This summer, thanks to Woodbury University and the Walter Lantz Foundation, I have a chance to share the work of some of the most amazing entertainers who ever lived with a new generation of artists.’

The first two screenings in the series, titled Pop Cultural Literacy 101, will take place Friday, July 10, and Friday, Aug. 14, with a short subject starting at 7 p.m. and the feature film at 8:30 p.m. Further dates will be announced soon.

Admission is free to members of the animation community. Further screenings dates will be announced.

All screenings are to be held at the Woodbury University School of Business’ Fletcher Jones Foundation Theater, located at 7500 Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA 91510.

Picture: Spike Jones and Doodles Weaver