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Evanston High School: Miss Page, Mr Rungy, athletics


Early encouragement from a teacher
Jules Engel Film-maker
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It was, it was very interesting and I could see her, because I remember at one time when they came back from the trip and all that and I, you know? And then on their way out from the room, I remember, after they were out and they looked at my drawings - the children, you know? They looked as they walked out and when they were all out, she said, 'They don't know'. That's a biggie, because you see, now I was with her alone and she said, 'They don't know'. So she knew something, you know? That she allowed me to stay in the room and do my stuff. And then for her to say that, you know? That's, that's really special, you know? That was just one of those little things you'll remember the rest of your time.

The late Hungarian-American film-maker Jules Engel is best known for his contribution to the field of animation. His work includes the dance sequences in Walt Disney's 'Fantasia' and the creation of 'Mr Magoo'. His films and lithographs are housed in museums all over the world and have won many awards.

Listeners: Bill Moritz Tamara Tracz

William Moritz received his doctorate from USC and pursues parallel careers as filmmaker and writer. His forty-four experimental and animation films have been screened at museums in Paris, Amsterdam and Tokyo, among others. He published widely on Oskar Fischinger, James Whitney, Bruce Conner, the Fleischers and 200 pages of animation history for an AbsolutVodka website. He wrote chapters for the "Oxford History of Cinema", appeared in several television documentaries, curated art exhibits and received a lifetime achievement trophy from the Netherlands Royal Academy for his work with visual music. He has served on film festival juries and received an American Film Institute filmmaking grant. His poetry and plays are also performed and published. He is a leading expert of Oskar Fischinger and recently published a biography of him. He teaches at The California Institute of the Arts.

Tamara Tracz is a writer and filmmaker based in London.

Tags: Evanston High School

Duration: 1 minute, 1 second

Date story recorded: April 2003

Date story went live: 24 January 2008