JULES ENGEL: AN ARTIST FOR ALL SEASONS is a short form documentary that is a part of a larger biographical project (book, feature, and interactive site) and has been exhibited in film festivals nationally in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Baltimore and Boston; internationally throughout Europe in Spain, Italy, Switzerland, and France.
About the Biographical Project:
VISUALIZING ART HISTORY: EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATION & ITS MENTOR, JULES ENGEL is a documentary feature tracing the power of an artist-mentor-educator to positively change the face of higher education and a cultural, popular, and intellectual history. Jules Engel (1909-2003) arrived in Los Angeles in 1937 and forged parallel careers in the fine arts, animation industry, and higher education. The expanded feature version of this short documentary, JULES ENGEL: AN ARTIST FOR ALL SEASONS, traces the whole of that trajectory and the scope of Engel's influences in cinema, fine arts and education.
Quoting Stephen Hillenburg, Creator/Executive Producer, SpongeBob SquarePants:
"As a former student of Jules Engel's, I was elated to learn of Janeann Dill's feature documentary film. Not only was Jules Engel a seminal figure in the history of animation, he also had a profound influence on countless generations of animators. He truly was the most influential artistic person in my life. I consider him my "Art Dad." The work he produced both professionally and personally was groundbreaking, and it is still cracking as I write."
About Jules Engel:
Engel was an Institute Fellow and Founding Director of the Experimental Animation Department in the School of Film and Video at California Institute for the Arts (CalArts) to mentor over three generations of students into higher education, industry, and art practice. An emigré from Budapest, this young artist was living in a Chicago suburb when he attended a performance of the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo and it significantly impressed Engel's developing oeuvre. With this experience, Engel understood art to be an aesthetic embodiment of an experimental vision. The Modernist choreography of the Ballet Russes recalled Engel’s intuitive discoveries of abstraction in his paintings and subsequently formed the conceptual core of Engel’s experimental animation films. If pressed to identify a singular aesthetic in the whole of Jules Engel's work, it is the virtual containment of timing within a definitive quality of choreography.
Film's website: jules-engel.com
Article published by Mass Humanities Council: valleyadvocate.com/blogs/home.cfm?aid=14783
Film's FB page: facebook.com/JulesEngel.VisualizingArtHistory
Produced, Directed, and Written by Dr. Janeann Dil, phd, mfa, ma
Jules Engel Biographer and Scholar
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