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Russo in Film

Russo in Film

Animating William Russo

As part of Celebrating William Russo: Artist & Educator, Columbia College Chicago's tribute to the life and legacy of composer William Russo, Columbia College's Cinema Art + Science will highlight the remarkable collaboration between Russo and the pioneering animators John and Faith Hubley in Animating William Russo. Russo wrote and recorded the music for the Hubleys' feature-length animation classic Everybody Rides the Carousel, as well as several animated shorts, including Whither Weather, Hello, and Time of the Angels.    

Still from

Still from Everybody Rides the Carousel

Animating William Russo will feature a complete screening of Everybody Rides the Carousel, John and Faith Hubley's animated documentary about the stages of life. Based on the personality development theories of psychologist Erik Erikson, the 1975 film features a score by William Russo, with guest artists Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Carter, and Larry Adler. The film's voice cast includes Meryl Streep, Alvin Epstein, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and John and Faith Hubley's children Emily, Ray, and Georgia Hubley. The screening will be presented in cooperation with Columbia College's Education Department.

John & Faith Hubley

John Hubley was a prominent animator whose credits include Disney's Snow White, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Bambi, and Fantasia. He later created the character of Mr. Magoo for United Productions of America (UPA), and also produced UPA's classic Oscar-winning animated short Gerald McBoing-Boing, before being blacklisted during the McCarthy era. He married Faith Elliott, a former Hollywood script supervisor, in 1955. The couple founded the influential Storyboard Studios and collaborated on more than 20 films prior to John Hubley's death in 1977. Their joint credits include Moonbird (1959), The Hole (1962), and A Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Double Feature (1966), all of which won Academy Awards for Best Animated Short Feature, as well as the Oscar-nominated Windy Day, Of Men and Demons, and A Doonesbury Special (adapted from Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury comic strip), which won the Special Jury Award at the Cannes International Film Festival and was broadcast on NBC in 1977. Faith Hubley's solo projects included W.O.W. (Women of the World), for which William Russo composed the soundtrack.

In 1990, Columbia College president Mike Alexandroff presented Faith Hubley with an honorary doctorate from Columbia College. She died in 2001. In September 2012, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented a salute to the Hubleys, noting: "The Hubleys resolutely maintained their artistic freedom, taking on commercial projects in order to fund their personal films. They tackled controversial themes such as environmental pollution, race relations, war and overpopulation, as well as celebrating the joy of children at play and young people in love." And in October of this year, the Museum of Modern Art in New York hosted a program of Hubley films, including a restoration of their 1964 feature Of Stars and Men.  

John and Faith Hubley

John and Faith Hubley

Screening & Discussion

Emily Hubley

 

Filmmaker Emily Hubley (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), daughter of John and Faith Hubley, will join Professor Ron Fleischer (Cinema Art + Science) for a screening and conversation about these remarkable giants of American cultural life.

This event takes place on Friday, December 6, from 6 to 8 PM at Columbia College's Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor. Admission is free.

Emily Hubley