Russian Artist and Filmmaker Valeriy Kozhin

We love discovering new talent, even more so when they seek us out! Valeriy Kozhin reached out to us with his short film “The Gardeners Dream”, and had this to say:

I was born in Moscow in 1983. I  studied in VGIK (Russian filmmaker’s institute).  I’m a member of Russian Artists Union.  My degree work was “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.  It was 13 pictures for animated film.  But a film wasn’t shot.  


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I began to learn Carroll’s works in 2003 from the moment that I learned English.  The nonsense style is very close to me.  I love it.   

I found “The Mad Gardener’s song” in my child’s book.  But it was in Russian.  When I read it in English I found a large  difference.  And I decided to make a short film based on original poem.  At first I wanted to use a motif from Sylvie and Bruno, but when I read The Game of Logic, I understood one very interesting thing, that The Mad Gardener’s Song and Game of Logic share one motif.  It’s a game and ‘A SYLLOGISM’.

The Gardener’s Dream was shot in 2013 in Russia.  It was my second film.  I shot this film during one year.  I connected puppet and cut-out animation.  The voices from the film are my friends from England.  I want to show Carroll’s logic or nonsense logic.  And don’t forget that It’s just a dream, Mad Gardener’s dream. 

There is no interest in Russia because very few people know Sylvie and Bruno and The Mad Gardener’s song.  The film was on MMKF festival in Moscow and Susdal’s animation festival in Russia.”

Series of Clay Sculptures by Florida Designer Dave Kellum

We came across this site quite by accident, but thought these sculptures quite nice indeed.  I’m particularly fond of the Mock Turtle.  Florida artist Dave Kellum created these seven sculptures based on the original Tenniel illustrations.  Well done indeed!

Interactive Alice Event in Andersonville, IL

Starting tomorrow and ending November 2nd, Upended Productions is remounting its interactive Alice show in the Chicago suburb of Andersonville.  As their website puts it

“Taking place over an entire city block in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago, this ambulatory, multi-disciplinary show doesn’t seek to retell the story of Alice in Wonderland (that’s been done and done again) but, instead, gives the audience the opportunity to BE Alice.”

Originally produced in 2004, this new production looks to be better than ever.  Weekends starting at 1p and running every 15 minutes.  Tickets here.  Part of Chicago Artists Month.

Important Update for Toronto Attendees

The meeting announcement for Toronto has been significantly updated. The Maxine Schaefer Reading venue has been announced, the Board Meeting venue has changed, as has the schedule. There are also transit maps and advice. Please click here and print out a copy for yourself. See you all soon!

Hugh Laurie Narrates ‘Alice in Wonderland’-Themed Ad for EasyJet

easyJetVery fun ad with narration by Hugh Laurie for easyJet, featuring a very tardy bunny singing a very familiar Disney song.  Enjoy!

Call for Papers for Cambridge University Alice 150 Conference


 

Illustration Portrait from Reader’s Digest

Just listed at Complete Auctions, original illustration of Carroll from Reader’s Digest. Bid before Thursday and it could be yours!

Alice Themed Events at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT

The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT is planning a series of Alice-themed children’s events throughout the month of October, including Alice crafts every Sunday, a Queen of Hearts baking contest, and a workshop on how to play croquet.  Visit this page for details.

Alice in Wonderland Light Show in Sunderland, UK

This fall (or autumn as our UK friends would say) the city of Sunderland in the UK will be mounting their light show Sunderland Illuminations, from Sep 27 – Nov 2.   As in previous years, a large part of the extravaganza will feature Alice themed displays.  If your are in the neighbo(u)rhood, stop by and take some photos!

Tsum Tsum Mania!

OMG.  The Japanese have done it again.  They’ve created not only an addictive mobile game, but unbelievably cute toys to go with it.  It’s called Tsum Tsum and it is sweeping the globe.  And of course, there are Alice toys.  In the Japan Disney Store there is a set of nine minis available – originally designed as screen cleaners for your phone.  They also have larger sizes for the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit, and the Baby Oyster.  At the US Disney Store, there is only a set of eight (no Baby Oyster).