The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation

Post-Screening Q&A with filmmaker John Canemaker

Tuesday,  April 3rd @ 7PM

Lang Auditorium/4th Floor – North Building

Hunter College – 695 Park Avenue


The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation (28 min.) tells the true story of a son’s struggle to understand his angry and often violent father, an Italian immigrant whose American dream went wrong. The Moon and the Son won an Oscar in 2005 for Best Animated Short, as well as an Emmy and marked a personal and professional breakthrough in animation storytelling.


Confessions of a Stardreamer (10 min.; 1978) – The extemporaneous musings of an actress about her career provide the springboard for an imaginative fantasy on the fragility of fame. Awards: 14th International Tournee of Animation 1979; Best of World Animation, Zagreb International Animation Festival 1980; London Film Festival, 1980; Filmex 1980, Los Angeles. The Moon and the Son will be preceded by Confessions of a Stardreamer at this evening’s screening.


John Canemaker is a key figure in American independent animation. His animated films have a distinctive personal style emphasizing emotion, personality and dynamic visual expression. Canemaker has received numerous prestigious awards for his work including an Academy Award, an Emmy and a Peabody Award.


Canemaker also created animation for two award-winning documentaries: HBO’s You Don’t have to Die (1989), which won an Academy Award for documentary short; and Break the Silence: Kids Speak Out Against Abuse (1991), a Peabody Award-winning CBS special. Other commissioned work for television and feature film includes Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, and an animated sequence in The World According to Garp (1981).


In addition to his groundbreaking animation work, Canemaker is an internationally renowned animation historian and teacher. He has written nine books on animation, as well as numerous essays, articles and monographs for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications.



No subject matter is off-limits or deemed too ‘difficult’ for the animation imagination of John Canemaker, who has extended the vocabulary of the art form way beyond the ‘safe’ cartoon image. Canemaker is an extraordinarily skillful artist whose distinctive style is nevertheless ultimately defined by the subject matter.Canemaker addresses the core of his subject with compassion and fearlessness-the painterly qualities and the accomplished, energetic line movement expressing his artistic vision.
— Jytte Jensen, Associate Curator of Film and Video, The Museum of Modern Art

This event is free and open to the public, and was arranged by Professor Mick Hurbis-Cherrier, and  is sponsored by the  Film and Media Studies Department, and the IMA Development Fund. For further information, please contact David Pavlosky at: pav10023@gmail.com

Sponsored by: IMA Program