Four recently restored 3D films from the National Film Board of Canada will be featured Nov. 20 and 21 at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City as part of the lineup for To Save and Project: The 12th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation.
The festival presents groundbreaking experiments in stereoscopic animation from the NFB, a pioneer in auteur stereoscopic animation. These films are being screened as part of MoMA’s “3D Funhouse” program, featuring works by film legend and NFB animation studio founder Norman McLaren and frequent collaborator Evelyn Lambart, one of Canada’s pioneering women animators.
The program begins with Now Is the Time (1951; 3 min.), a brief reminder from McLaren that the audience must do its part in creating the spectacle by donning their 3D glasses. It’s followed by three more animated 3D classics from the NFB: O Canada (1952; 2 min.), directed by Lambart; Around Is Around (1951; 8 min.), directed by McLaren with animation by Lambart; and Twirligig (1952; 4 min.), directed by McLaren with animation by Gretta Ekman.
Eloi Champagne, technical director of the NFB’s Oscar-winning Animation Studio, will introduce the NFB shorts. Concluding the program are three rarities from the 3-D Film Archive, presented by its founder, Robert Furmanek.