The Hubley Studio – Films by John and Faith Hubley

The Hubley Studio: films by John and Faith Hubley

Friday, June 10 at the Hollywood Theatre, 7pm. Tickets now available.

John and Faith Hubley were Oscar-winning animated filmmakers whose work has been given a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The couple, whose children include animated filmmaker Emily Hubley and Yo La Tengoʼs Georgia Hubley, vowed to make one film a year with each other.

John Canemaker wrote: “The husband and wife team made iconoclastic, socially relevant, painterly films that were meant to, as John Hubley said, ʻIncrease awareness, to warn, to humanize, to elevate vision, to suggest goals, to deepen our understanding of ourselves and our relationship with each other.ʼ

The program will include:

Adventures of an * (1957, 10 mins) A baby, represented by the “*” symbol, delights in
the visual excitement of the world. As he matures, his ability to see diminishes.
Eventually, his own child freshens his vision. Produced and written by John and Faith
Hubley and directed by John Hubley, this film features music by Benny Carter. Soloist:
Lionel Hampton.

The Hole (1963, 15 mins) An improvised dialogue between two demolition workers in
the streets of New York leads to an argument about the laws of chance, which, in turn,
develops into a discussion of the dangers of nuclear warfare. Produced and written by
John and Faith Hubley and directed by John Hubley, this film won an Academy Award in
1963 for Best Animated Short. Voices by Dizzy Gillespie and George Matthews.

Tijuana Brass Double Feature (1966, 6 mins) A satiric visualization of two musical
pieces by Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass: “Tijuana Taxi” and “Spanish Flea.”
Produced by John and Faith Hubley and directed by John Hubley, this won an Academy
Award in 1966. Music by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.

Windy Day (1967, 8 mins) An improvised dialogue of two little girls (voices by Georgia
and Emily Hubley) is the background for the expressive visualization of their view of
marriage and babies, love and death. Produced and directed by John and Faith Hubley.

My Universe Inside Out (1996, 25 mins) Faith Hubley’s animated self-portrait is
intercut with a parallel story of the universe. Ms. Hubley recalls infancy, childhood,
turbulent adolescence, adventurous youth, family life, sudden death, crisis and joy.

Includes clips from classic Hubley Studio films. Music by Don Christensen (Raybeats,
Contortions, Philip Glass).

Tall Time Tales (1992, 9 mins) Produced and directed by Faith Hubley, this is about the
many faces of time. The viewer experiences the flow of time from the future to the past,
through cyclic, biological, curved and paradoxical time. Is it linear? Cyclic? With voices
by Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and Max Rosenthal. Music by Don Christensen.

Tender Game (1958, 6 mins) A jazz version of the song “Tenderly” provides the
soundtrack for a delicate tale of love. Produced and written by John Hubley. Music
Performed by Ella Fitzgerald and the Oscar Peterson Trio: Ray Brown, bass and Herb
Ellis, guitar.

Date with Dizzy (1956, 10 mins) Directed by John Hubley An advertising director tries
to work with Dizzy Gillespie on a score for a “Rope Ladder” commercial.  This live-action
short, with a story by Faith Hubley, showcases three of Hubleyʼs animated commercials
in their entirety, as well as  performances by the Dizzy Gillespie Quartet.

John and Faithʼs daughter Emily Hubley will be at the event to answer questions.

Presented by chickfactor + the Hollywood Theatre


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