THE HAND BEHIND THE MOUSE - THE UB IWERKS STORY
Written, Produced And Directed By Leslie Iwerks
Narrated by Kelsy Grammar
Sunday, Nov 12, NOON, Parker Playhouse. Free for students.
Ms. Iwerks will introduce her film and take questions following the screening.
Seventy-one years after the birth of the world's most beloved cartoon character, Mickey Mouse, the Walt Disney Company introduced the untold story of the artist who first designed him, Ub Iwerks. The film written, directed and produced by Iwerks' granddaughter and filmmaker, Leslie Iwerks, 'The Hand Behind the Mouse' is the story of the artist and inventor whose technical and artistic creations have been seen throughout the world, but whose name to the public has remained virtually unknown. This film includes never-before-seen archival footage, previously censored cartoon clips from the 1920's and 30's, photographs, and interviews dating back to Ub's impoverished youth in Kansas City during the early 1900's. The film traces the exciting and often turbulent path he led in shaping the film and animation industry into what it is today. The film has been a passion project for Leslie who has had the desire for many years to document her grandfather's life on film and portray one of the most personal and powerful success stories of the 20th century. The final production and funding of the film was green-lit last year by Roy Disney, who strongly believed that 'it is a story that needed to be told.'
An alumnus of the USC School of Cinema-Television, Leslie gained first hand experience as a Director's Assistant on numerous feature films including Mighty Ducks 2, The Nutty Professor, Liar, Liar and Gia. Her directorial short film, Such a Night, has screened in ten festivals nationwide and has won three top film festival awards. Through her own company, Leslie Iwerks Productions, Leslie is currently producing and developing other television documentaries, animation, and large format film projects. She also serves as Manager of Film Production/ New Business Development for Iwerks Entertainment, one of the world's leaders in 70mm large format, ride simulation and 360-degree film production and technology.