Louisiana Premiere of RISE OF THE GUARDIANS

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William Joyce and DreamWorks Animation will present the Louisiana Premiere of RISE OF THE GUARDIANS on Nov. 15.

Scene from "Rise of the Guardians," which makes its Louisiana premiere on Nov. 15.

There's a lot of stuff in the film that's fed the book series in ways I didn't expect and made it all together stronger and more interesting.

Louisiana Premiere of RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (Strand Theatre)
Parade Celebration (Louisiana Ave.)
“Making Of…” Exhibition (artspace)

Thursday, November 15th, 6:30PM

The Strand Theatre, 619 Louisiana Ave., Shreveport artspace, 710 Texas St., Shreveport

$100+, call (318) 226-1481 to purchase. Proceeds benefit artspace, Robinson Film Center and The Strand Theatre

On Thursday, November 15th, William Joyce and DreamWorks Animation will present the Louisiana Premiere of RISE OF THE GUARDIANS at The Strand Theatre and the grand opening of the exhibition “The Making of…Guardians” at artspace. The event will begin at 6:30 pm with an introduction of the film by executive producer, William Joyce and production designer, Patrick Hanenberger. Immediately following the premiere, audience members will follow Nicholas St. North in a parade down Louisiana Avenue, under a cascade of confetti to artspace for a first look at the exhibition celebrating the Guardians with a street party complete with live music by Brady Blade & Friends. Tickets to the event are $100 each or $350 for a group of 4 and can be purchased through The Strand Theatre box office at (318) 226-1481. Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit artspace, Robinson Film Center and The Strand Theatre.

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS is an epic and magical adventure that tells the story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost – legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children everywhere. Produced by DreamWorks Animation and directed by Peter Ramsey, the film will be released on November 21, 2012 in theatres nationwide. William Joyce and Guillermo del Toro executive produced the animated, feature-length film. For more information about the film, visit http://riseoftheguardians.com.

William Joyce's New York Times - bestselling GUARDIANS OF CHILDHOOD book series is set 200 years before the adventures from RISE OF THE GUARDIANS. The 13 book series published by Simon & Schuster sets up the mythology of these legends through vividly illustrated picture books and chapter books for young adults. "There's a lot of stuff in the film that's fed the book series in ways I didn't expect and made it all together stronger and more interesting. It was a delight to work on both the books and the film," says William Joyce. For more information about the book series, visit http://theguardiansofchildhoodbooks.com.

The Making Of…GUARDIANS Exhibition at artspace will look at the evolution of each character from concept to literary interpretation to animation. As artistic director of artspace, William Joyce is able to provide a unique glimpse into the characters from his original illustrations and the translation into animated prints from DreamWorks. All ages will enjoy the 10 weeks of interactive arts related activities that will take place from November 15 – January 26. To learn more about the exhibition and related activities, including school tours and thematic events, visit the artspaceShreveport.com website.

About William Joyce
William Joyce has achieved world-wide recognition as an author, illustrator and pioneer in the digital and animation industry. Named by Newsweek magazine as “One of the 100 people to watch in the new millennium," Joyce has been heavily involved in the world of digital animation from its full-scale inception at Pixar Animation. His projects have been produced by nearly every major film studio including Disney, 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation. His feature films and television shows include the films Robots and Meet the Robinsons and the television series Rolie Polie Olie for which he won 3 Emmy Awards. In 2009, Joyce co-founded Moonbot Studios, an interactive storytelling company. The studio is best-known for its animated short film and storybook app The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore for which Joyce received an Academy Award.

Additionally, he is the writer, producer, and production designer on the Fox Studios feature film, Epic, based on his book The Leaf Men. Epic is scheduled for a summer 2013 release. The combined box office total of the films he has originated or been an integral part of is close to a billion dollars. All five of his feature films have earned over $100 million worldwide. Both of his television series achieved worldwide status, the rarest and most difficult level of achievement in broadcast television.

Contact Info:
Sara Hebert, Moonbot Studios, (318) 213-0770
email: shebert(at)moonbotstudios(dot)com

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