April 13, 2010
TO HOST DON HAHN, DISNEY PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR
WINSTON-SALEM – Don Hahn, producer of some of Walt Disney’s most cherished and successful films of the past two decades, will be a special guest artist at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) tomorrow, Wednesday, April 14.
Hahn will introduce and screen his film WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY for UNCSA students at noon in the Main Theatre of the ACE Exhibition Complex in the UNCSA School of Filmmaking Studio Village. A question-and-answer session will follow.
Hahn was invited by UNCSA Chancellor John Mauceri, who is a creative consultant and musical adviser to Walt Disney Educational Productions.
Don Hahn produced the classic BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the first animated film to receive a Best Picture nomination from the Motion Picture Academy. His next film, THE LION KING, broke box office records all over the world to become the top-grossing traditionally animated film of all time and a long-running blockbuster Broadway musical.
Hahn also served as associate producer on the landmark motion picture WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT. His other films include THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE, THE HAUNTED MANSION and the 2006 short THE LITTLE MATCHGIRL, which earned Hahn his second Oscar nomination.
Hahn is the executive producer on OCEANS, the second Disneynature film, making its debut on Earth Day 2010: April 22. He also executive produced EARTH, the first nature film from the Disneynature label, about the wonders of nature. It was released on Earth Day 2009.
His documentary, WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY, is Hahn’s directing debut and chronicles the perfect storm of people and circumstances that led to Disney’s animation renaissance in the 1980s and ‘90s. The film had its world premiere at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival, and won the audience award at the Hampton Film Festival. It offers a candid perspective of what happened in the creative ranks set against the dynamic tensions among the top leadership: Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Roy Disney (nephew of Walt).
Hahn is currently directing and producing several documentary and feature projects. He is also working with Tim Burton on the stop-motion animated feature FRANKENWEENIE. Hahn produced Burton’s THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS in 1993.
Hahn has authored three books on the art of animation, including the 2008 book “The Alchemy of Animation,” which provides the definitive account of how animated films are created in the modern age.
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. Internationally renowned conductor John Mauceri has been chancellor of UNCSA since 2006. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.
MEDIA: A limited number of seats are being made available for media. If you are interested in attending, please contact Marla Carpenter at 336-770-3337 or 336-414-9289. Thank you.