A modern day Walt Disney, Will Vinton picked up a ball of clay and saw a world of potential. Known as the “ Father of Claymation,” leading a team of artists and writers, Vinton revolutionized the animation business during the 80’s and 90’s
Time & Location
Sep 27, 2021, 7:00 PM
Theatre Three, 412 Main St, Port Jefferson, NY 11777, USA
About The Event
Screening at Theatre Three412 Main Street, Port Jefferson, New York, 11777 Guest Speaker: Marq Evans, Director, Q&A via Skype; Moderated by Tom Needham, Host of The Sounds of Film at WUSB radio
Directed by Marq Evans A modern day Walt Disney, Will Vinton picked up a ball of clay and saw a world of potential. Known as the “ Father of Claymation,” leading a team of artists and writers, Vinton revolutionized the animation business during the 80’s and 90’s. But after thirty years of being the unheralded king of clay, Will Vinton’s carefully sculpted American dream came tumbling down. Marq Evans’ CLAYDREAM takes us on an exciting journey, rich with nostalgia and anchored by a trove of clips from Vinton’s life work, including his iconic, classic California Raisins, The Noid from old Dominos commercials, The Pj’s, written by Eddie Murphy and the Gary and Mike TV shows. Structured around interviews with this charismatic pioneer and his close collaborators, the film documents Vinton’s many successes and how he was unable to capitalize on them. In his documentary, Evans has effectively created a cautionary tale by bringing to life the battle between art and commerce. It’s a tale that is as old as time and always sad to hear. In this case, Vinton was overshadowed by two powerful forces: Disney and Nike. CLAYDREAM is an insightful portrait of an artist who put so much of himself into his craft, and is brought back to life for a whole new generation to explore his colorful world of adult animation. Running Time: 96 Minutes
In addition to our live presentations at Theatre Three, we have added a VIRTUAL presentation of the series as well. These screenings will take place on Tuesdays after the live screenings on Mondays.