REDCAT Screens Toons in October

A number if international animated films are scheduled to screen Oct. 6-8 at REDCAT, CalArts’ Downtown Center for Innovative Visual, Performing and Media Arts. The program, designed to offer a look at animation being produced around the world, will be held inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex at 613 West 2nd Street in Los Angeles.

Curated by Myron Emery, Bér´nice Reynaud and Maureen Selwood of the CalArts School of Film/Video, the New International Animation showcase kicks off on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. with new animation from Hong Kong, China and Japan. The centerpiece of the program is Hong Kong filmmaker Toe Yuen’s award-winning feature, Mai dau goo si (My Life as McDull). Based on the hugely successful cartoons by Alice Mak, the sweetly comic film follows a sentimental piglet as he tries to fulfill the dreams of his overachieving single mother.

Highlights from the 2005 Annecy Int’l Animated Film Festival will be presented on Friday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. Works by Raul Arroyo, Laurent Bourdoiseau, John Canemaker, Gaelle Denis, Arnauld Ganzerli, Maja Lindstorm, Anthony Lucas, Jose Miguel Ribeiro, Rosto and Ali Taylor will be featured in this collection of favorites from one of the foremost animation fests in the world.

A program title "Phantoms and Dreams" wraps things up on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. Reality and imagination, beauty and horror and solace and malediction collide in this international spectrum of distinctly personal approaches to animation. Films include works from Alex Budovsky, Michelle Cournoyer, Sarah Cox, Marc Craste, Isabel Helguera, Henry Hughes, Vuk Jevremovic, Raimund Krumme, Mathilde Philippon-Aginski, Gabriel Pielke, Maureen Selwood and Virgil Vidrich.

Tickets are now available by phone at 213-237-2800 and online at www.redcat.org. The box office, located at the corner of 2nd and Hope Streets in the Disney Concert Hall complex, is open Tuesday-Saturday from noon to 6 p.m., and two hours prior to curtain.