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Animation Oscar Winner Faith Hubley Dies

(by Faith Hubley, an animation Oscar winnner and wife of John Hubley, died Friday, December 7 in New Haven, CT at the age of 77. 

Faith Hubley

Faith Hubley is credited with producing 25 independent films with her last one being Northern Ice, Golden Sun. A complete list of her films is as follows:

Films by Faith Hubley:
Northern Ice Golden Sun (2001)
Our Spirited Earth (2000)
Witch Madness (1999)
Africa (1998)
Beyond the Shadow Place (1997)
My Universe Inside Out (1996)
Rainbows of Hawaii (1995)
Seers and Clowns (1994)
Cloudland (1993)
Tall Time Tales (1992)
Upside Down (1991)
Amazonia (1990)
Who Am I? (1989)
Yes We Can (1988)
Time of the Angels (1987)
The Cosmic Eye (1985, feature)
Hello (1984)
Starlore (1983)
Enter Life (1982)
The Big Bang and Other Creation Myths (1981)
Sky Dance (1980)
Step by Step (1979)
Whither Weather (1977)
Second Chance: Sea (1976)
Women of the World (1975)

Faith Hubley also did a number of films with her husband, John, including:

Films by Faith and John Hubley:
A Doonesbury Special (1977)
Everybody Rides The Carousel (1976)
People, People, People (1975)
Voyage to Next (1974)
Cockaboody (1973)
Dig (1972)
Eggs (1970)
Zuckerkandl (1969)
Of Men and Demons (1968)
Windy Day (1967)
The Cruise (1967)
Urbanissimo (1966)
Tijuana Brass Double Feature (1965)
The Hat (1964)
The Hole (1962)
Of Stars and Men (1961)
Children Of The Sun (1960)
Moonbird (1959)
Tender Game (1958)
Harlem Wednesday (1957)
Adventures Of An * (1956)

Born in New York City, Faith worked in the theater before moving to Hollywood to become a film editor and script supervisor.  Back in New York, she was a script supervisor on Sidney Lumet's Twelve Angry Men and James Wong Howe's Harlem Globetrotter film Go Man Go, which she also edited.

In 1955, she and her late husband, John, established their independent animation studio.  Their remarkable partnership produced films such as Moonbird, Windy Day and Everybody Rides the Carousel, which broke new ground in the world of animation.  The Hubleys employed a free-form visual style. Their unique sound tracks feature improvised dialogue by their children, and jazz scores by Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie and Quincy Jones.  Their twenty-one films received scores of prizes, including three Academy Awards from a total of seven nominations.

Faith Hubley has been honored in Cannes, Venice and London film festivals and has received fourteen CINE Golden Eagles.  In April 2000 Faith received the "Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award" and was honored with three programs of her work during the San Francisco International Film Festival.     

In 1986, an exhibition of paintings and watercolors based on Faith Hubley's film The Cosmic Eye was held in SoHo, New York.  "The Art of Faith Hubley," a one-person exhibition of oil paintings and works on paper took place at the Storyopolis Art Gallery of Los Angeles in 1998.

Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal wrote, about Faith Hubley, "her animation teems with images so zestful, so restless and, for the most part, so joyous that they seem to be celebrating their release from the tubes of paint and bottles of ink."

In 1985, the Academy of Motion Pictures Art and Sciences presented A Salute to the Hubley Studio, which included screenings, a symposium and a gallery exhibit.  In 1993, The Public Theater in New York hosted a weeklong Hubley Festival.  Later that year, the Venice International Film Festival sponsored An Homage to John and Faith Hubley.  In 1995, she was honored with a retrospective program at Washington D.C.'s National Gallery.

The Art of the Hubleys, a complete retrospective of Hubley films and The Hubley Studio: A Home For Animation, an exhibition of approximately 150 examples of concept art, storyboards and background paintings took place at The Museum of Modern Art in New York in the winter of 1997-1998.  Beyond the Frame: Animation Art and Paintings by Faith Hubley, John Hubley and Emily Hubley was exhibited at the Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra Museum in June and July of 1999.

In March 2000, Sundance Channel aired "Spotlight on the Hubleys," a showcase of more than two dozen films by Faith, John, and Emily Hubley. Northern Ice Golden Sun will premiere at UCLA's Melnitz Center on December 11 and at the Museum of Modern Art on January 8 and on Sundance Channel in April 2002.

Faith has four children Mark, Ray, Emily and Georgia and six grandchildren.

A celebration of her life, including a screening of her most recent film Northern Ice, Golden Sun will be held at the Museum of Modern Art on January 8 at 6:00 p.m.   In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Jazz Foundation of America, 322 W. 48th St., New York, NY 10036, 212-245-3999.


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