Wednesday, May 03, 2006

The Wraith of Cobble Hill


One of the things I love about Hollywood is that you can be reading about someone in a magazine one day and having lunch with them the next. In this case, the magazine was Animation Week which contained an article about someone called Adam Parrish King whose stop-motion film, THE WRAITH OF COBBLE HILL, had captured a Jury Prize for Short Filmmaking at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Lunch was held the following day (actually a couple of weeks later) at Cafe 101 on Franklin.

Adam, like myself, grew up in surburban TN during the style-challenged '70s, and we were both deeply affected by the Rankin-Bass Holiday Specials such as RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER. I traded him a copy of FROM BEYOND for a copy of WRAITH and boy, am I now a fan of this film! This hauntingly beautiful story, which is actually three stories interlaced, is destined to become an indie-animated classic, and I'm just so damn glad it's gotten the attention it deserves. With the win at Sundance, and another Jury Prize at the SXSW Film Festival, THE WRAITH OF COBBLE HILL has the street cred that will give it that kind of longevity. ADAM KING!! YOU WILL WIN AN OSCAR SOMEDAY IF YOU KEEP THIS UP!!

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