PALO ALTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

September 29-October 2, 2011. PALO ALTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: WHERE ART AND TECHNOLOGY CONVERGE. Palo Alto International Film Festival is a four day festival celebrating the new forms of storytelling in film and media that have developed as a result of technological innovation. The inaugural festival showcases 20 features, 25 shorts and 30 talks, panels and workshops. Including, on October 1, 2 screenings of A TRIP TO THE MOON with Tom Burton. This exciting event, sponsored by Technicolor, will include both a screening of George Méliès’ famous 1902 film A Trip to the Moon and a presentation by Director of Technicolor Restoration Services Tom Burton, who will discuss the film’s restoration process. Burton’s other recent restoration work includes projects for Paramount Studios, The Walt Disney Company, la Cinémathèque Français, 20th Century Fox, Shanghai Film Group, Warner Bros, Sony Pictures, Groupama Gan Foundation, HBO and NBC-Universal. Before Burton joined Technicolor, his Emmy Award-winning production company provided animation, visual effects and motion control model/miniature photography for the U.S. and international film/television markets. A Trip to the Moon will be screened after the talk. Originally released in black-and-white and also in hand-painted color, A Trip to the Moon was a smash success around the globe. However, it was subject to piracy and plagiarism, and, in 1913, George Méliès despairingly tried to burn his collection of film negatives. Although the color version of the film was believed to be lost, in 1993, a private film collector donated a damaged color print to the Filmoteca de Catalunya. It took many years before technology was advanced enough to restore it. Digital technology over the last few years allowed the fragments of 13,375 frames to be reassembled one by one in Technicolor’s laboratories. The restored film, set to a soundtrack by the French duo Air, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. This screening will be its Northern California premiere. http://paiff.net/
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