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Cascade SIGGRAPH Presents a Night with LAIKA

Provides a Special Screening of ?Moongirl;? Includes Discussions with Award-Winning Technical Directors and Animators (February 06, 2006)
Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH, Oregon and Southwest Washingtons local SIGGRAPH chapter, today announced a Night with LAIKA on Monday, Feb. 27, from 6-8 p.m. at the Governor Hotel in downtown Portland, Ore. A Night with LAIKA promises to offer insight on the process and teamwork involved in creating an animated film, life at LAIKA and the future of animation in the Portland area. Highlights of the evening include a special screening of the award-winning ?Moongirl, informal discussions, and a question and answer period with the shorts notorious director, Henry Selick (?Moongirl, ?Nightmare Before Christmas) and prominent technical directors. 
 
A charming tale about lunar mythology, Moongirl is LAIKAs first entertainment offering and director Henry Selicks first all CG-animated film. ?Moongirl recently won the Short Film Special Jury Prize at the Ottawa International Film Festival and Grand Owl Award, Best Animation at the FANTASY WORLDWIDE International Film Festival. The Film was also nominated for an ANNIE Award for Best Animated Short Subject.  
 
Location and Registration
The Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH Night with LAIKA will take place Monday, Feb. 27, from 68 p.m. at the Governor Hotel (www.govhotel.com), located at 614 SW 11th Avenue, in downtown Portland, Ore. The night will commence with a meet and greet in the Grand Ballroom on the third floor at 6 p.m., with a ?Moongirl screening at 6:30 p.m., followed by a discussion on the computer graphics techniques and processes at 7 p.m., and a question and answer period from 7:30 to 8 p.m.
 
This and other Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH meetings are free to Cascade Chapter members. Nonmembers will need to pay a $5.00 admission fee at the door. Annual local membership can be purchased at the door for $25.00 ($18.00 for students). Light appetizers will be available to attendees. For more information on Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH and membership registration, visit the Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH website at http://cascade.siggraph.org/.
 
Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to cascadesiggraph@gmail.com for planning purposes.
 
Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH
The Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter exists to serve the needs of the Oregon and Southwest Washington computer graphics industry and students. Through meetings, workshops, conferences, and other activities, the Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter works to promote an increased knowledge of and greater interest in the educational, artistic, and scientific aspects and applications of modern technology to graphics, enhancing communication between persons in Oregon and Southwest Washington that have an interest in any aspect of computer graphics.
 
About LAIKA
The company was re-branded as LAIKA (formerly Vinton Studios) in the Summer of 2005, and has been an animation leader and innovator for more than 30 years.
 
LAIKA/house produces animated commercials and shorts for global clients including Coca-Cola, Wrigleys, ESPN and Esure UK. LAIKA Entertainment has two greenlit animated feature films in various stages of production. Coraline, based on the international bestselling childrens novel by Neil Gaiman, is being adapted for the screen and directed by Henry Selick. Jack & Bens Animated Adventure, a heartwarming original story of brotherly love set in the animal kingdom, is being directed by Jorgen Klubien, a veteran writer, director, storyboard artist and designer who counts Monsters Inc, Toy Story 2, A Bugs Life, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid among his credits.
 
Throughout its history, the company has won 11 Clio Awards, three London International Advertising & Design Awards, five Mobius Advertising Awards, two Cannes Lion International Advertising Festival awards, two Academy Awards® out of five nominations, 11 Prime Time Emmy Awards, and honors from the New York International Film & TV Festival, Annecy Awards, Annie Awards, and the World Animation Celebration Festival.
 
For more information on LAIKA, please visit http://www.laika.com. For a complete list of Annie Award nominations, please go to www.annieawards.com.

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