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HFFF welcomes clay animator Teresa Drilling

The High Falls Film Festival and Animatus Studio present...

Teresa Drilling on Life as a Stop-Motion Animator

Sunday, November 13, Noon
Little Theater
240 East Avenue, Rochester
Admission $7.00, students $6.50

Fresh from her triumph as one of the principal animators for WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT, 20-year animation veteran Teresa Drilling will share the behind-the-scenes secrets of working with Aardman/Dreamworks on this wildly successful new film. Drilling has rubbed elbows with an odd cast of characters in her career: dancing raisins, talking potatoes, folded paper peppers, and stallions made of coal, not to mention our favorite cheese-loving inventor and his loyal canine pal. She's worked with advertising agencies J. Walter Thompson, NY; DDB Needham, SF; Grey London Ltd.; Foot, Cone & Belding, NY; and Young & Rubicam, NY for clients including Kellogg's, Clorox, Merck, Beecham's, Tropicana, Chili's Restaurants and Elizabeth Arden.

An upstate New York native and a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, Drilling received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for her work on Will Vinton’s CLAYMATION COMEDY OF HORRORS. Among her many crowning achievements are the "Cecille the Ball" series for SESAME STREET, a four-minute holiday sequence for ABC's HOME IMPROVEMENT, animated sequences in the 2003 feature film ELF, and her work as a key animator for CHICKEN RUN. This presentation is definitely appropriate for children!

Tickets are available from TicketWeb, either on-line at or by phone at 866-468-7619. They will also be available at the Little Theatre one hour before show time.

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Rochester Subway DVD Premiere Screening

The End of the Line - Rochester's Subway
Special Edition DVD Premiere
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 22
Irondequoit High School Auditorium
260 Cooper Road, Irondequoit
(North of Titus Avenue)
This event is free and open to the public

It's been almost fifty years since Rochester abandoned its ill-fated experiment with rapid transit, the Rochester Subway. Gone but not forgotten, it was news again this summer as plans were announced to fill in the Broad Street tunnel with dirt. Rochester's Animatus Studio, which produced an award-winning documentary on the subway in 1994, has re-mastered "The End of the Line - Rochester's Subway" as a Special Edition DVD. In addition to the original film, Animatus has produced forty-five minutes of new material including a restored 1956 film about the subway, a montage on Car 60, the only surviving passenger car, an interview with eighty-seven year old Don Espenmiller, one of the last men to work on the subway, and a "Phantom Run" through the abandoned Broad Street tunnel.

The DVD will be shown as a feature length presentation on Tuesday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Irondequoit High School's main auditorium as part of Rochester AudioVisual Association's fiftieth anniversary. The event is free and open to the public.

For further information contact Animatus Studio at 232-1740.


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