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UK Dances for Freedom Dance!
Freedom Dance, the animated documentary about a cartoonists escape from Hungary during the 1956 Revolution, is making quite a splah in the UK.
Channel 4, UK's leading independent TV network, recently began showcasing a 4-minute version of the 30-minute experimental documentary on their on-line series, FourDocs. Since its first appearance on July 26, Freedom Dance has received many flattering reviews posted on the site, including one from Channel 4 Commissioning Editor Kate Vogel who wrote, "The sound really did bring this film to life for me, making the animation emotional and giving it immediacy."
Reviewers and fellow filmmakers alike running weblogs express an equally excited anticipation in seeing the finished product due out in November. "GraphicQuarters"
wrote that Freedom Dance was "a shocking story that somehow has even more
grip due to the animated elements." And "Soundmary" reports that the movie is "an amazing film and the animation really made the story come alive." Charlie Philips, Editorial Assistant at FourDocs, summed it up simply and succinctly: Freedom Dance is "a great doc."
On May 29, Frozen Moon Productions in Wrexham, Wales announced that Freedom Dance had made it as Finalist in its Frozen Moon Movie Trailer
Showdown, a film festival exclusively for movie trailers. As a result of its Finalist status, the one-minute thirty second Freedom Dance trailer is now being shown in the UK on Propellor TV through Sky Digital Satellite.
Finally, on August 26, Freedom Dance made its appearance at the London International Animation Film Festival thanks to Canadian filmmaker Marie-Josee Saint-Pierre who used a 12-minute excerpt of the movie as an exceptional example in her master class on making an animated documentary.
Freedom Dance retells the story of artist Edward Hilbert who, during his four months on the road to freedom, kept a journal in cartoon form detailing an adventure that included having their apartment hit by a blast from a Russian tank; a tense smuggling out of Budapest in a truck of crated apples; the robbery by an opportunistic escort; a dream-like Christmas in Vienna; and a punishing ocean voyage across the January Atlantic.
Mr. Hilbert also designed and illustrated hundreds of pictures used as the basis for the movie's unique 2-and-a-half-
Sadly Mr. Hilbert passed away on August 22 due to complication from lung cancer. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judy; daughters Rose Crowley and Michelle Batt; and a baby granddaughter. The Hilbert family request that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the documentary's completion. For details on how to make a tax-deductible donation, visit the movie's official website http://www.freedomdancethemovie.com.