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Visual Effects Society Announces Programming Highlights for 2006 Festival of Visual Effects

The

2006 Festival of Visual Effects

will feature a line-up of revolving showcases highlighting the extraordinary creativity of digital visual effects artists from the earliest pioneers to the latest innovators. These four different programs will complement the previously announced schedule of panels and presentations being held at this year’s Festival, July 6-8, at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California. Each program will be scheduled at least once per day and will be shown at the Steven Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian Theatre complex.

“New and Recent Works” will feature a showcase of short films including Paul Debevic’s 2004 film, “The Parthenon”; “One Rat Short,” Best in Show winner of the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival; David Takemura’s “Good Bad Karma” and an impressive line-up of work submitted by the international computer graphics, animation and visual effects community in response to the VES’s call for submissions for this program.

“Early and Experimental Showcase” is a survey of computer graphics and animation from the avant-garde and visual effects industry. This exciting program will include two pieces from Stan VanDerBeek, “Poem Field No. 2” (1966) and “Symmetricks” (1972);

“Pixillation” (1970), “Olympiad” (1971) and “UFOs” (1971) by Lillian Schwartz, a visionary who pioneered the use of computers for what has since become known as computer-generated art and computer-aided art analysis; and “Xtacism,” the final film by the late Richard “Doc” Bailey.

“Animation World Network Presents,” a showcase of recent and new animated shorts, will include this year’s Oscar-nominated “The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello” from Australia. “The Boy With No Name” (U.K.), “Frog” (U.S.), “One D”

(Canada), “The Mantis Parable” (U.S.) and “Jona/Tomberry” (Netherlands) are among the other shorts in this collection.

“The Story of Computer Graphics,” ACM SIGGRAPH’s landmark documentary on the history and influence of computer graphics, is a full-length film narrated by Leonard Nimoy and directed by Frank Foster. First shown in 1999, it is the “human” story of the pioneers that revolutionized visual communication, through a community with its own unique culture.

Admission to these four programs will be complimentary for full Festival and individual event ticket holders. A limited number of tickets restricted to the Spielberg Theatre Festival programming will also be available at the theater box office each day during the event.

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