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CalArts Alumnus and Pixar Filmmaker Pete Docter Writes Inspirational Letter to Middle School Students


July 31, 2012
Business Insider

A letter just popped up online written by Pixar filmmaker Pete Docter ("Monsters, Inc.," "Up") in which he encourages middle schoolers not to give up on their dreams and do what they love.  Read story

Read a Great, Inspirational Letter from CalArts Alumnus Pete Docter to Middle School Students

July 30, 2012
Movies.com

Back in 2009 before Pixar's Up hit theaters, a middle school teacher named Martin Kelsey wrote to Up (and Monsters Inc.) director Pete Docter asking him for advice that he can then pass on to his students. What followed was this fantastic letter from Docter that talks about how he stuck by his love of animation, first in high school, and then in CalArts, where he felt like the worst animator at the school. But he persevered, and remained involved in the animation world by working on his friends' films and his own films, eventually landing a gig at Pixar, where he worked on Toy Story and Toy Story 2, and then got to direct his first film with Monsters, Inc.  Read story

REDCAT's NOW Festival Explores Artistic Convergence

July 27, 2012
Los Angeles Times

It's conventional wisdom that old boundaries between different art forms are fraying fast. Globalization and new technology have made dance, theater, film, music and visual design blur together to create interdisciplinary hybrids and collages.  Read story

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Publication Date: 07/31/2012
Outlet: Business Insider
Title: You Need To See This Inspirational Letter A Pixar Filmmaker Wrote To Middle School Students
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Publication Date: 07/31/2012
Outlet: Top40-Charts
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Publication Date: 07/31/2012
Outlet: KCET-TV
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Publication Date: 07/31/2012
Outlet: Mi2N
Title: Guitar Virtuoso Vahagni Releases Single For Upcoming Album - Broken Compass
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Publication Date: 07/30/2012
Outlet: JJA News
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Publication Date: 07/30/2012
Outlet: TransCultural Exchange International Opportunities in the Arts
Title: "Document and Contemporary Art" at European School of Visual Art
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Publication Date: 07/30/2012
Outlet: Movies.com
Title: Read a Great, Inspirational Letter from Pixar's Pete Docter to Middle School Students
Source URL: http://www.movies.com/movie-news/pete-docter-letter-to-middle-school-stu...
Text Snippet: Jul 30, 2012 Back in 2009 before Pixar's Up hit theaters, a Middle School teacher named Martin Kelsey wrote to Up (and Monsters Inc.) ...

Publication Date: 07/30/2012
Outlet: Filmmaker Magazine
Title: FILMMAKERS ALSO DIE: REMEMBERING CHRIS MARKER, 1921 – 2012
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Title: Read a Great, Inspirational Letter from Pixar's Pete Docter to Middle School Students
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Publication Date: 07/27/2012
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Publication Date: 07/27/2012
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Publication Date: 07/27/2012
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Title: REDCAT's NOW Festival explores artistic convergence - latimes.com
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Publication Date: 07/27/2012
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CalArts Program Combines Computer Science and Art

July 26, 2012
The EdTech News Blog

Wired Campus: “A new course at the California Institute of the Arts is seeking to teach computer programming through assignments in which students will create music and visual art. The program will be the first of its kind among art institutions, according to Perry R. Cook, a developer of the curriculum.”  Read story

CalArts Program Combines Computer Science and Art

July 25, 2012
The Chronicle of Higher Education

A new course at the California Institute of the Arts is seeking to teach computer programming through assignments in which students will create music and visual art. The program will be the first of its kind among art institutions, according to Perry R. Cook, a developer of the curriculum.  Read story

NOW Festival #9 Opens at REDCAT with Music, Motion & Multimedia Artists

July 25, 2012
LAist

The Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, aka REDCAT, brings its 9th annual New Original Works (NOW) Festival to the stage beginning this Thursday and continuing through the next three weekends. Celebrating the vibrant creative community in the Los Angeles area, the theater re-imagines itself as a laboratory for experimentation, genre-blurring and discipline-bending as nine new works and works-in-progress devised and performed by local dance, theater, music and multimedia artists occupy the facility.  Read story

CalArts Ranked in the Top 25 Film Schools

July 25, 2012
The Hollywood Reporter

CalArtians (as CalArts alums are known) are glad the L.A. Times called it the "Harvard Business School of animation." Grads have made films grossing $25 billion. Two of the five top-grossing films of 2012, Brave and Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, were CalArtian-directed, and grad James Chinlund's production design gave The Avengers its billion-dollar look. But they wish people knew they make live-action films too, like the indie Only the YoungRead story

Inspired By Her Daughter: An Interview with CalArts Alumna/Co-Director of 'Brave' Brenda Chapman

July 25, 2012
Ms. Magazine Blog

Brave, which came out on June 22nd, features a princess, Merida (Kelly Macdonald), who defies traditional gender roles and refuses to marry her potential suitors. The film features Pixar’s first woman protagonist and was Pixar’s first feature directed by a woman director, Brenda Chapman. Such a woman-centric film in an industry dominated by men grabbed our attention, so we sought out co-director Chapman to learn about her experiences with the film and in the wider animation community.  Read story

Poor Dog Group Returns to Its REDCAT Roots

July 24, 2012
LA Stage Times

Poor Dog Group aims to “make performance, music, and art in America for a new global world,” according to its mission statement. But the rest of the world will just have to wait as the group returns home to REDCAT’s New Original Works (NOW) Festival, the same series that first launched its brand of interdisciplinary performance back in 2008. The Murder Ballad, PDG’s 30-minute solo journey accompanied by Jelly Roll Morton’s 1938 classic tune, opens Thursday.  Read story

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