The Animation program at the College of the Canyons is proud to be partnering with the Remember Us/Righteous Conversations Project to record and animate survivor stories from the Nazi Holocaust. As children, these men and women experienced the horrors from the worst of humanity’s collective past. Now their stories must be recorded or lost forever. These movies have been created by the animation students in Masha Vasilkovsky’s introductory and advanced animation classes. Along with her filmmaking partner Ruah Edelstein the students planned, recorded and then animated the stories that, along with the actual survivors themselves, form the basis of these movies.
The ARTree invites you to join the filmmakers/instructors Masha Vasilkovsky, Ruah Edelstein, Jeff Baker (Department Chair of Media Entertainment Arts) and Samara Huttman (Director of the Remember Us and The Righteous Conversations Project) to view and discuss the art and educational opportunities students and the public gain in creating these animated movies.
A student of art from an early age, Southern California native John Moffitt took up painting after leaving college in 1969. By the early seventies his exhibited oil paintings were winning awards in both traditional and modern categories and his tromp l’oeil or surrealistic styled works were added to area collections. Over the decades, Moffitt has honed his crafts as a fine artist, muralist, illustrator and scenic artist, always exhibiting a masterful handling of draftsmanship and the tools of the trade.
His interest in large scale painting led him to the motion picture industry in 1975 where he worked as a motion picture Scenic Artist creating hundreds of monumental landscapes and cityscape backdrops as well as murals, fine art and portraiture for films and television. From Goonies to Ghost Busters, the Lethal Weapon series, the Batman series and the Ironman series to Benjamin Button, Moffitt’s artwork has graced the screen, his work often “hidden in plain sight.”
CalArts graduate, Bill Davis, has had a life-long love for surfing, Bill believes immersion in the surfing culture measurably affected his imagery and palette. He’s been creating art, in one form or another, all his life.
Davis has worked in just about every creative commercial visual field. While working in the graphic arts department at NBC, he spent his time body painting go-go dancers for Laugh-In, creating over 200 pieces of More to Come art for The Tonight Show, Starring Johnny Carson and designing The Gong Show logo, among countless other projects. Davis has received numerous awards and among them, a national primetime Emmy award.
In 1991, he began to create fine art works under the alias Trowzers Akimbo. He wanted to avoid confusion with the myriad other Bill Davis’ out there painting. He’s yet to run into another artist named Trowzers Akimbo.