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Fri, May 03


TAP Centre for Creativity

Unscripted Film Series with Joe Haidar and Rob McCallum

Join us for a screening of Animated American and Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe and a conversation between director Rob McCallum and Disney animator Joe Haidar, hosted by arts journalist Whitney South.

Unscripted Film Series with Joe Haidar and Rob McCallum
Unscripted Film Series with Joe Haidar and Rob McCallum

Time & Location

May 03, 2024, 7:00 p.m.

TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas St, London, ON N6A 1G4, Canada

About The Event

There may not be a single person on the planet who hasn’t seen at least one feature film on Joe Haidar’s CV: The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Aladdin, Love, Death & Robots, Paula Abdul’s Music Video Opposites Attract to name a few. We will be screening Animated American, the multi-award winning short Joe co-wrote, co-directed, and co-produced. Currently up for five Canadian screen awards and winner for best documentary at TIFF, we are excited to be screening Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe directed and co-written by Rob McCallum. Following the screening we will move into conversation with Joe and Rob led by arts journalist Whitney South. The conversation is sure to inspire with insights into artistic collaboration, industry innovation and the pulse of London’s developing film scene.

Want to attend this event virtually. This event will be a hybrid event so you can join the conversation portion of our evening online at 9:30p.m. SIGN UP HERE 

About Joe Haidar

Joe co-directed the award-winning ANIMATED AMERICAN, a live-action/animation hybrid short film, along with Jim Baker. In 2017, Joe will be directing a soon-to-be-announced animated TV series by DreamWorks. Joe has also worked as a storyboard artist on such features as ROADCHIP and BLAZING SAMURAI, the all new animated SMURFS movie at Sony Pictures Animation as well as CURIOUS GEORGE, ENCHANTED, ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS THE SQUEAKQUEL, MR. LIMPET, and HOP; helping the directors realize their vision. He also supervised animation for the live-action indy musical LUCKY STIFF. Prior to storyboarding, Joe was a feature animator at Walt Disney Studios for fifteen years. While there, he pitched the idea that inspired Disney to make their version of HERCULES. Joe has animated on some of Disney’s most beloved characters, including the Genie (Robin Williams) in ALADDIN and Roger Rabbit in WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT, which gave him the opportunity to work closely with academy award winners Richard Williams and Robert Zemeckis. He worked on the highly acclaimed film BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (the only animated feature ever to be nominated for Best Picture), as well as MULAN, POCAHONTAS, ATLANTIS, and HOME ON THE RANGE. Prior to Disney, he worked in London England on rock videos, commercials and storyboarded on the cult classic feature, HIGHLANDER.

About Rob McCallum

Armed with infectious positive energy and a deep love of pop culture, Rob McCallum has spent the last 20 years making documentaries on the coolest subjects imaginable: cartoons, action figures, video games and music. He's garnered three Emmy-nominations for his writing and directing skills, won numerous awards for his films and raised over $500,000 via crowdfunding initiatives. A Canadian-American dual citizen, Rob has helmed a slew of universally loved projects including the fan-favourite, Power of Grayskull, the award-winning festival darling, Missing Mom, and the ever-green video game adventure, Nintendo Quest. Most recently, Rob directed Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe for Amazon & CBC which took home a People's Choice award at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival.

Friday May 3 at 7:00 p.m. for in-person screening and conversation. Free Event.

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