ASIFA Spends Evening with Chris Landreth

With his latest CG short, Ryan, in the running for this year’s Oscar, Canadian filmmaker Chris Landreth is in Hollywood this week for a special screening event presented by ASIFA-Hollywood and the American Cinematheque. The retrospective will be held at the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. tomorrow, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Ryan is a 14-minute-long psuedo-documentary on the life of Ryan Larkin, an Oscar-nominated animator who produced works 30 years ago at the National Film Board of Canada and today panhandles for spare change in Montreal. The film was produced by Steven Hoban, Marcy Page and Mark Smith for Copper Heart Entertainment Production and Onf (Office National Du Film Du Canada). It took the Jury’s Special Award at Annecy 2004 and Jury Honors at SIGGRAPH 2004.

A former engineer, Landreth got into computer animation while working for Alias. His short, The End, is a previous Academy Award nominee and will be screened tomorrow, along with Ryan and another short titled Bingo.

For more information on the event, go to the ASIFA-Hollywood website at www.asifa-hollywood.org.