Two Concordia University Alumni Capture Academy Award Nominations



    MONTREAL, Feb. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Concordia University is pleased to
congratulate two alumni on their nominations in the Best Animated Short Film
category at the 80th Academy Awards yesterday in Los Angeles.
    James Braithwaite, who earned a BA in English Literature in 2005,
produced the main animation for the five-minute film I Met the Walrus.
Braithwaite's illustrations have been featured in Maisonneuve and En Route
magazines (thebathwater.com and imetthewalrus.com). I Met the Walrus was
written and directed by Josh Raskin and is based on an incident in 1969, when
a 14-year-old teenager snuck into John Lennon's Toronto hotel and interviewed
him on audiotape. The film was also featured January 17-27 at the Sundance
Film Festival, in Park City, Utah.
    "This whole Oscar experience has been really interesting, and vaguely
terrifying," said Braithwaite. "It's quite hilarious to see that this film,
which we filled with tiny dirty jokes, is being taken so seriously. When
people find out, we might be drawn and quartered on the Sunset Strip!"
    Maciek Szczerbowski, who obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design for
the Theatre in 1994, was nominated, along with co-creator Chris Lavis, for the
animated short film Madame Tutli-Putli. The film, about a woman's existential
adventure on a night train, is a National Film Board of Canada production.
    Praised for its groundbreaking visual techniques and haunting and
original score, Madame Tutli-Putli has received numerous prizes and awards
this past year at international film festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Sydney, New
York, Palm Springs, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Halifax and Toronto.
    Szczerbowski and Brathwaite join an impressive list of Concordia alumni
and faculty members who have either won or been nominated for Academy Awards
in the short film categories (animated and documentary), including Torrill
Kove, Chris Hinton, Wendy Tilby and Joyce Borenstein.

    Interviews with the two finalists can be arranged through Lucy Niro.


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For further information:

For further information: Lucy Niro, Director, Communications,
Advancement and Alumni Relations, (514) 848-2424, ext. 4977, Cell: (514)
467-4955, Lucy.Niro@concordia.ca

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