Frances Adair Mckenzie’s VR work The Orchid and the Bee selected for the Annecy International Animation Film Festival
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Montreal, May 20 (Canadian-Media): An immersive Virtual Reality (VR) work by interdisciplinary artist Frances Adair Mckenzie, 'The Orchid and the Bee', produced at the National Film Board (NFB), will have its world premiere at the eminent Annecy International Animation Film Festival, where it will screen in competition as part of the official VR selection, media reports said.
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The project was selected from among 80 submissions.
Some of the seven works in competition will be accessible on the Viveport platform, in collaboration with HTC Vive and with the support of creators and producers. More details will be provided by the festival in the coming weeks.
Inspired by Darwin’s theory of evolution, 'The Orchid and the Bee' unfolding in three acts, is an ode to nature’s struggle for existence, blending VR technology with the tactile materiality of stop-motion animation.
The survivors in 'The Orchid and the Bee' are neither the strongest nor most intelligent, but are most adaptable to change.
Mckenzie's mischievous sense of play is brought to the realm of virtual reality as her story unfolds in three acts.
Plasteline-moulded puppets integrated into VR to place the spectator inside a rotating spiral of evolutionary events.
The NFB is a leader in developing new approaches to stereoscopic 3D animation and animated content for new platforms.
Groundbreaking animation are produced by the NFB at its studios in Montreal and at NFB centres across Canada, as well as with many of the world’s leading auteur animators via international co-productions.
Three NFB productions or co-productions have been selected for the short film competition at Annecy, which will take place this year online from June 15 to 30: Theodore Ushev’s The Physics of Sorrow, Andreas Hykade’s Altötting and Jean-François Lévesque’s I, Barnabé
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New York, May 11 (Canadian-Media): Comedy veteran Jerry Stiller, a multi-talented performer in movies, television shows and radio series, died of natural causes at the age of 92 announced his son, Ben Stiller, on Twitter on Monday, media reports said.
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Most recently, Jerry Stiller played Arthur, a high-strung character on the hit sitcom "King of Queens."
He appeared in his movies playing several roles such Walter Matthau's police sidekick in the thriller "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" and Divine's husband, Wilbur Turnblad in John Waters' twisted comedy "Hairspray."
In his autobiography, "Married to Laughter," Jerry recounted about his 50-plus year marriage to comedic cohort Meara, who died in 2015.
His television shows included everything from "Murder She Wrote" to "Law and Order" - along with 36 appearances alongside Meara on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
As a supporting player on "Seinfeld,", Stiller created many of the memorable moments for the the Emmy-winning show and in 1997 was nominated for the Emmy award for his "Seinfeld" performance.
In a 2005 close to 70 years old, Stiller was out of work and after several failures and struggles he was offered a spot playing Vince Lombardi in a Nike commercial and the role of another over-the-top dad on the long-running "King of Queens."
Stiller and wife Meara raised two children in their longtime home on Manhattan's Upper West Side: daughter Amy, who became an actress, and son Ben, who became a writer, director and actor.
His performance with his son Ben in "Shoeshine," was nominated for a 1988 Academy Award in the short subject category.
The son of a bus driver and a housewife, Stiller grew up in Depression-era Brooklyn and was inspired from the early age of 8 to enter show business.
After earning a drama degree at Syracuse University and serving in World War II, Stiller headed to New York City to launch his career.
His life and career took off after his marriage with Meara in 1953. They were soon appearing on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and working nightclubs nationwide.
The pair also wrote and performed radio commercials and appeared as a team in dozens of film, stage and television productions. One was "After-Play," a 1995 off-Broadway show written by Meara.
In 1993 Stiller joined "Seinfeld" and moved on to "King of Queens" when the other Jerry & co. went off the air in 1998.
The following year, he appeared in Ben Stiller's spoof on modeling, "Zoolander."