CANADA 150 - THEODORE USHEV
July 8 - December 9, 2017

Vancouver Film School
420 Homer Street
Vancouver, Canada


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CANADA 150 - THEODORE USHEV
Celebrating Independent Animation in Canada
July 8 - December 9, 2017

RESERVATIONS OPEN FOR THE REST OF THE SERIES

In celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the Spark CG Society is hosting a Special Series of monthly talks celebrating Independent Animation in Canada. Please join us as we celebrate Canadian animation.


Canada 150




Saturday - November 11, 7:00 PM
PRESENTATION
EAST MEETS WEST: THE ANIMATION OF THEODORE USHEV
moderator: Keith Blackmore with Theodore Ushev

VENUE:
Vancouver Film School
420 Homer St (@ West Hastings St)
Vancouver, Canada

Montreal is the most un-Canadian of Canadian cities. That’s why we love it. It’s Europe without the jetlag, Paris without the exchange rates, but with all the great things we’ve come to expect from the EU Continent. Including animation. Theodore Ushev helps keep the Eastern European sensibility alive in Montreal. Growing up with a rich cultural heritage, mixed political landscape and cross border influences, Ushev has transformed his graphic designs into animated films that at once, entrance, shock and enthrall us. By the dark subject matter, the graphic textures and the European atmospheres, Theodore Ushev takes us on a cinematic journey of dreams and nightmares.

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BIOGRAPHIES

Keith Blackmore
Educator // Vancouver Film School

KeithA true Canadian, Keith Blackmore has lived in the wilds of British Columbia his whole life. From an early age, he had a natural desire to catch salmon, build tree forts and befriend racoons. These activities would help enable Keith to develop into the passionate voice, cheerleader, and advocate for visual effects and all things animated in Vancouver. As the official maple syrup sipper of the local SIGGRAPH chapter and the past Conference Chairman for SPARK ANIMATION and SPARK FWD, Keith wears snowsuits when presenting or moderating at the many animation festivals in Vancouver. Keith has taught animation history, concept art and igloo building at the Vancouver Film School for more than 20 years, as well as at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. When he’s not teaching, Keith can be found either in his stump garden practising axe throwing or watching Yvon of the Yukon and NFB shorts on CBC. His favourite foods are KD with ketchup and smoked salmon. He loves lounging on his roof-top patio with a martini in hand under the watchful eye of Cooper the Cat.

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Theodore Ushev
Director, Animator // National Film Board of Canada

TheodoreTheodore Ushev was born in Kyustendil, Bulgaria, in 1968 and graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia. He first made a name for himself as a poster artist in his native country before settling in Montreal in 1999.

Ushev found fertile ground for developing his own original artistic style at the National Film Board of Canada. With more than 15 films to date, that have been shown all over the world and more than 150 prizes, Ushev continues to work in the field of cinema, multimedia and installation art. In Blood Manifesto (2014), a poetic and ferocious short which Ushev animated with his own blood, he ponders whether ideals are worth spilling blood for. His latest project, in 2017 his film Blind Vaysha (2015), a philosophical tale about the importance of living in the moment, has been nominated for Academy Award Oscar for Best Animated Short. The film has won more than 35 prizes and awards to date.

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