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A difficult student


My appointment as head of CalArts’ animation department
Jules Engel Film-maker
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I was on my way back to New York, I had friends. That something that I was getting work in New York. But then somebody took me by the hand, took me all the way to meet one of the members, who was responsible for CalArts [The California Institute of the Arts], two people were responsible for CalArts. And they introduced me to them and then they saw my film. And especially when they saw Coaraze, that did it. So I was made a head of the animation department, because that's where I from, you know, from that world. And so, there we are. I mean, and CalArts is in good shape. I mean, it looks big into the world because the stuff that's coming out of the joint is very good, you know? So that's where we're at and that's where I am at.

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: The California Institute of the Arts, New York, CalArts

Duration: 1 minute, 7 seconds

Date story recorded: April 2003

Date story went live: 29 September 2010