East Coast Filmmakers Highlight SIGGRAPH Film Festival in Boston
July 25, 2006

East Coast Filmmakers Highlight SIGGRAPH Film Festival in Boston

Business Wire (July 25, 2006)

BOSTON, Jul 25, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The SIGGRAPH 2006 Computer Animation Festival, which announced a record number of submissions in 2006, will be highlighted by many incredible animated and electronic movies submitted by East Coast filmmakers.

The SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival is an internationally recognized event that engages and inspires artists and technologists alike. Each year, it reveals today's possibilities and tomorrow's opportunities. It provides equal merit to films from independent and major movie studios as well as students.

The Computer Animation Festival's highest honor - Best in Show - was awarded to Alex Weil of Charlex from New York City, for his contributions to the piece, "One Rat Short". For the past two years, winners of this award have also been nominated for the Academy Awards from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. This gripping film follows a city rat from his gritty world of New York to the interior of a futuristic laboratory. Along his engaging journey he finds love, danger, and his fate.

Boston's Dennis Miller from Northeastern University had his gripping film "Reflect" accepted into the show. It features swirling colors that evolve within a context of affective music. Connecticut's John Leibler of XVIVO LLC directed "The Inner Life of the Cell," a very accurate portrayal of cellular mechanisms and protein machinery. Fellow East Coaster Steven Ford of CDIA in Lexington had his light-hearted "Sharing Bears" accepted which features a main character who sings a happy song about the importance of sharing even if it is with black bears, white bears, brown bears, and even panda bears.

Todd Mueller and Kylie Matulick of New York City directed the film "Good is Good," a music video for the first single from Sheryl Crow's recent album in which positive space becomes negative space within a languid, labyrinth and there is no certain destination. Fellow New Yorkers, Marie Hyon and Marco Spier directed "Bubble Girl" with carefully crafted, detailed animation - using bubbles to form the subtle sensual nuances of a woman's face as she enjoys her chocolate.

Another New York presenter, Arman Matin of Rhinofx directed "Northwest Airlines Transformations," a computer generated film that relied on 35mm live action elements as reference material for its CGI lighting and compositing. In addition, Jefferson Han from New York's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, had his film "Multi-Touch Interaction Research Demo Reel" accepted. This fascinating piece showcases the applications and interaction modalities that are on display in a 16 foot-long rear-projection interaction wall that can accurately detect multiple points of contact from any number of users simultaneously. This hands-on display is onsite in Boston.

For more information on the Computer Animation Festival visit http://www.siggraph.org/s2006/main.php"f=conference&p=caf.

SIGGRAPH 2006 will bring an estimated 25,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents to Boston, USA for the industry's most respected technical and creative programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education, and the web from 30 July to 3 August 2006. SIGGRAPH 2006 includes a three-day exhibition of products and services from the computer graphics and interactive marketplace from 1-3 August 2006. More than 250 international exhibiting companies are expected. Registration for the conference and exhibition is open to the public.

ACM SIGGRAPH, the leading professional society for computer graphics and interactive techniques, sponsors SIGGRAPH 2006.


CONTACT: SIGGRAPH 2006 Brian Ban, 312-673-4818 fax: 312-673-6707 media@siggraph.org


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