Oscar(R)-Nominated Short Film I Met The Walrus Gets World Television Premiere Immediately Following The 80th Academy Awards(R), Feb. 24 on CTV

    TORONTO, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - Embrace John Lennon's message of peace with the
world television premiere of I Met the Walrus, the Canadian production that is
a 2008 Oscar(R) contender for Best Animated Short Film. The Bravo!FACT
(Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent)-funded short gets its world television
premiere immediately following the Academy Awards(R) broadcast on CTV, Sunday,
February 24. I Met The Walrus also premieres on Bravo! as part of Bravo!FACT
Presents on Friday, February 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT.
    I Met The Walrus is "the little film that could." Produced with a $20,000
Bravo!FACT grant, the short is now receiving international attention as the
favourite to win this Sunday night.
    In May 1969, Jerry Levitan was a 14-year-old Beatles fan who invited
himself into John Lennon's hotel room and convinced him to do an interview.
Almost 40 years later, Levitan took the audio from that interview and teamed
up with Toronto director/animator Josh Raskin. The result is I Met the Walrus,
an intricate, animated visual narrative that accompanies John Lennon's
timeless message, featuring the pen sketches of James Braithwaite and the
digital illustrations of Alex Kurina.
    Levitan and Raskin are expected to appear on the official Canadian Oscars
Red Carpet special, eTalk at the Oscars, just before the Academy Awards
broadcast on CTV.
    Following its world premiere on CTV, I Met The Walrus will premiere on
Bravo! on Friday, February 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 PT as part of Bravo!FACT
Presents. The episode will feature interviews with Levitan and Raskin about
their road to the Oscars. The 30-minute special also features Marc Almon's The
Wake of Calum MacLeod, a Genie(R)-nominated short about the wake of a Cape
Breton storyteller full of magical twists and turns; and Simon Ennis' comedic
short Canadian Shield, which tells the tale of a Mountie searching for his
missing horse deep within the Canadian wilderness. All three shorts were
produced with grants awarded by CTV's Bravo!FACT.
    Bravo!Videos sets the stage for the premiere of I Met the Walrus with a
30-minute musical tribute to John Lennon. Airing Friday, February 29 at 7 p.m.
ET / 4 p.m. PT, Bravo!Videos includes Lennon's Imagine, Give Peace a Chance,
Power to the People, Come Together, Starting Over, and Rufus Wainwright's
rendition of Across the Universe.

    CTVglobemedia Inc.'s Bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent)
was established in 1995 by the national cable arts channel Bravo!. The
foundation is the largest funder of shorts in Canada. Thirteen million dollars
have been awarded in grants for the production of over 1,200 shorts across the
country during the past dozen years. The shorts are broadcast in Canada during
the half-hour show Bravo!FACT Presents in prime-time on Bravo! and A-Channels,
and are often honoured at local, national and international film festivals.
For more information, please visit www.bravofact.com.

For further information:

For further information: and/or screening copies: Laura Hughes, (416)
591-7400 x2746, laura.hughes@ctv.ca; Emily Young Lee, (416) 591-7400 x3004,
eyounglee@ctv.ca; Please visit the Bravo! Media site for high-res photos:

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