BRUSHSTROKES IN HOLLYWOOD is a feature length documentary film about pioneering Chinese American artist and Disney Legend, Tyrus Wong. Read more
This project was successfully funded on December 19, 2012.
About this project
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New and Original. Receive a set of 6 storyboards drawn especially for the film by Tyrus Wong. These storyboads illustrate significant stages in Tyrus's life, including his trip from China, his first years in America living in Sacramento's Chinatown, his days as an art student at Otis Art Institute, creating production illustrations on a Warner Bros. backlot, painting in his fine art studio, and creating one of his famous kites.
At 102 years young, Tyrus Wong is a living legend. To art lovers, he's a renowned painter who once exhibited with Picasso. To film buffs, he’s the visual genius behind such classic films as Bambi and Rebel Without a Cause. To Southern California beach-goers, he's the innovative kite designer whose colorful creations fill the sky. To the Chinese in America, he's a pioneer. And to a filmmaker, he's the kind of subject one dreams of -- talented, determined, funny, and wise.
Brushstrokes In Hollywood is the first in-depth portrait of the art, life, and enduring impact of Tyrus Wong. The film takes the audience on a remarkable journey -- from his birthplace of Guangzhou, China in 1910 to the boarding houses of LA's old Chinatown and the studios of the Golden Age of Hollywood. The film explores his formative years as a young WPA artist and the influence of Sung Dynasty art on his work. At a 102, Tyrus continues to live the life of an artist. We see him today, still vibrant, flying his magnificent creations high above the Pacific Ocean -- the same waters he crossed as a young boy over 90 years ago.
The film includes original filmed scenes of Tyrus, interviews, archival footage and photos, clips and concept art from early Hollywood movies, animation by renowned animator James Baxter (Kung Fu Panda, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast) and over 80 years of Tyrus Wong artwork -- much of it rare and never before seen. Brushstrokes in Hollywood captures the richness and texture of Tyrus's career while also revealing the inner life and character of this rare individual.
Our "CAST" includes (partial list) Tyrus Wong, best selling writer Lisa See, animation artists and writers Don Hahn, Charles Solomon, Eric Goldberg, John Canemaker, Paul Felix, Milton Quon, Alice and Marc Davis, art curators Sonia Mak, Bill Stern, Ellen Harrington, Mark Johnson, California watercolor expert Gordon McLelland, and Hollywood film historian Joe Musso.
Hi, I'm Pamela Tom, the director of Brushstrokes in Hollywood. What intrigued me most about Tyrus Wong was his seemingly endless reservoirs of talent, combined with a deep and genuine humility. I was also fascinated by the realization that Tyrus was absolutely destined to become an artist. Despite enormous obstacles - including poverty, racism, Chinese Exclusions Laws, and language barriers - he persevered with grace, humor, and humanity. Tyrus Wong's rich legacy endures in the world of art and in the human spirit. This is what inspired me to tell Tyrus's story, and to share it with you and the rest of the world.
Since my first encounter with Tyrus over a decade ago, my team and I have been working tirelessly raising money, researching, and filming Tyrus’s life story. We’ve completed principal photography and are now in the edit room.
We're now turning to you to help us continue the momentum and complete the film by Summer 2013.
GOAL & STRETCH GOALS
We need a minimum of $35,000 to finish editing the film, but we can do more (lots more!) if we surpass this goal, which is why we have several ***stretch*** goals. Here are our main benchmarks to complete the film:
Every amount, big and small, helps bring us one step closer to bringing Tyrus's inspiring life story to the big screen. Your support will make it happen!
Kickstarter is all or nothing.
We must reach our minimum goal in order to receive any of the pledges, which means your credit card will not be charged for the amount you specify unless we receive all $35,000 or more in funding by Dec 18.
When you make a pledge, you have the option of selecting a reward that is equal to, or less than the amount you're donating...or none at all. For instance, if you make a $100 donation, you can choose any ONE reward that falls within the $8-$88 category.
If you have problems with the payment system (occasional glitches do occur), please email us at email@example.com and we'll figure it out.
ARE THERE OTHER METHODS OF DONATING BESIDES KICKSTARTER?
Yes. Email us and we'll help coordinate other methods of donating to the film.
IS MY KICKSTARTER DONATION TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?
Kickstarter donations are NOT tax deductible. If you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation, please Email us to find out how. (Please note that you cannot receive both a tax deduction and a Kickstarter reward.)
Since Kickstarter is an all or nothing game, we prefer that you donate through Kickstarter -- at least until we reach our minimum goal of 35K. Again, if we don't meet our goal, we receive none of your pledges, which would be a huge bummer!
CAN CONTRIBUTORS INCREASE A PLEDGE ONCE IT IS MADE?
Yes, you can!
Even after an initial pledge is made, you can sign back into your account and instead of a green "Back This Project" button, you will see a blue "Manage Your Donation" button. Click on the blue button and enter a new amount and, if you choose, select a new incentive. Please keep in mind that even if you increase your pledge, you can still only select ONE reward. (Kickstarter also only allows donors to make a single pledge per project to underscore the idea that you are contributing to the project and not "buying" rewards.)
Speaking of rewards...it's time to see some of our unique rewards designed or donated especially for our contributors!
The first two new rewards are originals by Tyrus. Both are signed in the lower right corner. Own a piece of the legacy!
The following reward is jaw dropping gorgeous! It's my (Pam) favorite painting among Tyrus's oeuvre, and for the very first time, is being offered to the public as a SIGNED high quality limited reproduction.
T-shirts (Women's sizes: S, M and L / Men's sizes: M, L and XL):
Bucket Hats like Tyrus wears! Select a light or dark color with the film's logo:
Stationary Gift Card Sets. PICK ONE OF THREE SETS (each set contains 12 cards and 12 envelopes):
DON'T KEEP US A SECRET!!
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Visit our website: www.Tyruswongthemovie.com
Do you have any original artwork or old photos or home movies of Tyrus Wong? If so, please contact us! We might like to use it in the film. We're also looking for archival films, home movies, and images of LA and LA's Chinese community in the 20s, 30s, and 40s.
Thanks so much for visiting our page and supporting our project.
VERY SPECIAL THANKS to our COMMUNITY OUTREACH PARTNERS -- all incredible organizations - that are helping us spread the word about our campaign. Please support them by visiting their websites and learning more about them.
and the Chinese Family Fellowship.
If your organization would like to join our campaign as a Community Outreach Partner, please email us.
Kickstarter意味着全部或落空全无。 我们必须达到最低的目标而才能接受任何捐赠保证。这意味着不会从您的信用卡收取您所指定的金额，除非在12月18日我们收到$35，000美元或更多的资金。 非常感谢您上我们的网站并支持我们的项目。
Risks and challenges
We will make our absolute best effort to deliver your rewards in a timely fashion in accordance with the dates we list on our Kickstarter page. We will even try to send them out earlier, if at all possible!
PLEASE NOTE: Regarding the delivery date of the DVDs, these will take place after the film's festival run, which will depend on the completion date of the film, and then how many, and which festivals the film gets into. If the film is lucky enough to also have a theatrical release, the DVD may not be available until this is also done.
Also, as we are finalizing our logo, please know that the final design on merchandise may change slightly, but the examples represented here are a very close representation of what we plan to deliver.
However, as with any creative project, there are unforeseen challenges that we may have to problem-solve – challenges that could potentially hinder our delivery of your rewards. We’ll keep you posted with our regular Kickstarter updates, informing you of any snags in our plans to get you your fun perks!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
GWEN WYNNE, Producer: Gwen Wynne, a producer, director, and writer, first worked with Pam Tom on "The Story of Mothers and Daughters" which aired on ABC. Ms. Wynne recently directed "Wild About Harry", a feature film starring ensemble cast Susan Anspach, Tate Donovan, Stacey Dash, Adam Pascal, Josh Peck, Anne Ramsey, Danielle Savre, James Sikking, and Skye McCole Bartusiak. Ms. Wynne began her career on Broadway at Circle in the Square Theatre scouting for new plays. She co-founded and served as Artistic Director of The No-Neck Monsters Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. Her productions ranged from rap musicals to new plays and classic dramas; all were nominated for five Helen Hayes Awards including Best Musical and Best New Play. She led fundraising campaigns for her theatrical productions that dealt with issues ranging from racism to homelessness to environmental destruction, Ms. Wynne secured funding from foundations throughout the country, including The National Endowment for the Arts, D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Comic Relief, and The Rockefeller Foundation. Ms. Wynne is a graduate of Brown University, where she received degrees in Literature & Society and Theatre Arts. She received her M.F.A. in Production at USC's School of Cinema-Television. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America.
TAMARA KHALAF, Producer: Tamara Khalaf is a writer and producer who has a passion for great stories. She is a Project: Involve Alum (2002-03) with Film Independent, produced the short film "Shelly Figg" as part of AFI’s Directors Workshop for Women (2006-07) and won a Phoenix Film Festival Award (2002) for a short film she produced with actor Malik Yoba called "Dreaming in Black & White". Currently, Tamara works at the Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank. Tamara is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara and is currently working towards her Masters Degree in Theology and Film at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA.
LINDA BARRY, Co-Producer: Linda Barry is an Emmy Award winning producer of the independent film Fishbowl which was broadcast on PBS' Emmy Award winning series, "Independent Lens" in 2006. She co-produced the feature film "Mango Kiss" and four dramatic short films between 1999 and 2002. She is a graduate of Old Dominion University in Virginia, UCLA Film School's Producers Program and the 2004 Film Independent Producers Program.
SHANA HAGAN, Cinematographer: For over 20 years, Shana Hagan has photographed Oscar and Emmy winning documentary and narrative feature films, shot countless hours of non-fiction and reality-based television, filmed many commercials and has worked with such distinguished filmmakers as Michael Apted, Jessica Yu and Lynn Novick. Her work includes the Oscar winning "Breathing Lessons", 11 Sundance Film Festival selections including" Queen of Versailles", "Shakespeare Behind Bars", and "After Innocence", and many other docs including "Food, Inc", "Last Call at the Oasis" and "This Film is Not Yet Rated". Shana was chosen to DP at the prestigious Sundance Filmmaker’s Lab in 2003 and has been nominated for an Emmy for her work on "Survivor: China". She has shot four seasons of "Survivor", three of "The Apprentice", commercials for Ford, Toyota, US Army, Kodak and others, and on a number of ongoing documentary projects including Mr. Apted’s "Married in America" and Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s "Vietnam project". In addition to her documentary work, Shana has shot the pilot and four seasons on the Emmy nominated NBC hit comedy "Parks and Recreation".
TIM CRAIG, Editor: Tim cut his first feature film on a Moviola, on film, shortly before Digital Nonlinear Editing took over the film industry. That experience working on film carried him through into the digital age to today where he has contributed and assisted on many Features Films, Television Programs and Special Venue projects inclining Blue Velvet, Air America, The 6th Day, and Sunshine, winner of a number prestigious awards around the world. Tim credits film Producers Dino De Laurentiis and Martha Schumacher for gaining his first practical experience in filmmaking while working on a number of their productions as an electrician, camera assistant, and set dresser among other positions, gaining his first job in the editorial department through the help of Producer Frank Capra Jr. Tim studied Photography at Colorado Mountain Collage and Mass Communications at the University of Denver.
WALT LOUIE, Editor: Walt has been in the broadcast media business since 1974. His experience is as diverse as his expertise in the field of broadcast and communication arts. He has worked as a producer, director, editor and instructor. Originally from San Francisco he has worked on productions in Beijing, Kyoto, Amsterdam, Düsseldorf, Hawaii, England, and for over thirty years in Los Angeles. As a freelance editor, he has worked on award-winning documentaries, independent films, trailers and commercials. His documentary work includes Forbidden City, U.S.A produced by Arthur Dong, winner of “Best Documentary of the Decade” at the Hawaii International Film Festival. Recently, he edited Restoring The Light, a documentary shot entirely in China, which had its premiere at the Hawaii International Film Festival. He teaches editing theory and post production and has conducted classes and workshops at the University of Honolulu, Loyola Marymount University, and Santa Monica College. He is the owner/editor with Flash Cuts, a commercial/promo editorial company in Los Angeles. http://www.flashcuts.com
Irene Poon Anderson, curator
Suellen Cheng, historian
Howard Green, Disney executive
Don Hahn, producer
Sonia Mak, curator
Barbara and Richard Marks, editors
Freida Lee Mock, filmmaker
Kuniko Okubo, filmmaker
Lisa See, writer
Lella Smith, Director Animation Research Library
Ted Thomas, filmmaker
Kim Wong, Wong family
Jessica Yu, filmmaker
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BY POPULAR DEMAND! A digital download of "Tyrus Wong:Brushstrokes in Hollywood" once the film has been distributed. (The delivery of this could be earlier than the stated date.) THANK YOU for telling us you want this reward and for helping spread the word!Estimated delivery:
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Gets you a "Tyrus Wong:Brushstrokes in Hollywood" DVD upon completion of the film.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Brings you a 2013 Single Image (Tear-Off) page Calendar featuring a Tyrus Wong signature calligraphic brush horse painting just in time for the Chinese New Year!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Own a stylish bucket hat like the one Tyrus wears while flying his kites in Santa Monica. Select a light or dark color hat printed with the film's logo. Though you may not be able to paint like Tyrus, with this hat, you can certainly look like him!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Receive a DVD of "Tyrus Wong:Brushstrokes in Hollywood" PLUS two cool BOOKMARKERS featuring the film's logo on one side & either a photo of Tyrus or an image of his art on the other side (we're still designing this one). Please note: Fulfillment date of this, and all DVDs, will be affected by the film's Festival run, and theatrical and other exhibition plans.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Brings you an exclusive T-shirt with either the film's logo (Tyrus' chop) or Tyrus Wong designed Chinese masks. You choose! (One t-shirt only - please select Men's or Women's and the size).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Select ONE of three original stationary sets containing rare vintage art designed in 1936 by Tyrus Wong for the Dragon's Den menus. Each set contains twelve cards and twelve envelopes (three each of four distinct designs per set).
Themes include: Culinary, Nature, or Animals.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Brings you a gourmet Chinese Dinner for two at the New Moon Restaurant with the film's director and producers in Los Angeles (note: Flight, hotel and other incidentals are not included).Estimated delivery:
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Your name in the credits! Receive a screen end-credit "Thank You" in the film and a copy of the DVD so that you can watch your name!Estimated delivery:
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Receive a 2-hour PRIVATE art lesson OR three 1-hour group lessons by nationally recognized Chinese brush artist and author of 'The Ch'i of the Brush' NAN RAE. You’ll also receive a SIGNED copy of her book, a large orchid bamboo brush, a detail brush, and three double shuen papers to take home. All in-class materials will be supplied and all levels including beginners will benefit. (Note: flight, hotel and other incidentals to get to Nan's Burbank Studio not included). In addition, you’ll secure your name in “Tyrus Wong: Brushstrokes in Hollywood” as a screen-end-credit "Thank You" in the film. Plus a copy of the DVD so that you can see your name on celluloid!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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One (1) full event VIP passport to the premiere animation event of the year the CTN animation eXpo Nov 15-17, 2013 and one (1) hotel room for two (2) nights. Held in the Animation Capital of the World, Burbank CA, this event has become the most important meeting of animation professionals – authors, creators, producers, and suppliers – that includes live Demonstrations, Networking Receptions, Master Workshops, Panel Discussions, Business Symposiums, Recruiting and Professional Exhibits. Travel not included.
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Special "Associate" credit in the film, 2 VIP passes to the premiere of the film, and 4 copies of the DVD.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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A limited edition giclee print of one of Tyrus' signature HORSES.
Original was created with India Ink on paper an will be reproduced as a giclee print on a high-quality acid-free watercolor paper using UV inks. Each limited edition print is numbered and signed by the artist.
Prints are sized approximately 18" x 24", but do not come with a frame. See a sample of the HORSE print to the left.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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A limited edition giclee print of the fine art painting RECLINING NUDE, 1940s, oil on canvas by Tyrus Wong.
This exquisite painting has never before been reproduced.
Prints will be reproduced on canvas using UV inks. Each limited edition print is numbered and signed by the artist.
Canvas prints are sized approximately 18" x 24", but do not come with a frame.
(*note that the final size will fit a standard frame, but may change by a couple of inches, depending on the exact aspect ratio of the artwork). See sample of artwork to the left.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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OWN AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF ART SIGNED BY TYRUS! You'll spend hours of contemplation enjoying the exquisite beauty and simplicity of this ethereal watercolor of two deer in a forest. In the two decades that Tyrus worked as a sought-after Christmas card designer, deer and other woodland animals found their way into his designs. Inspired by his work on Bambi, this landscape features Tyrus’s “less is more” compositional style and technical mastery.
Original size is approximately 11.25" x 8.25". Original does not come framed, but for $350 extra we can have your piece framed using a museum-grade black or maple frame and 8-ply acid free matte, if you desire.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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OWN AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF ART SIGNED BY TYRUS! Imagine hanging this gorgeous abstract painting in your own home! This dynamic painting beautifully showcases Tyrus’s masterful calligraphic talents and bold sense of color, complete with twinkling accents and vibrant brushwork. Like other calligraphic, abstract works by Tyrus, this vivid composition evokes the movements of a dance. A unique addition to any collection of modern art!
Original size is approximately 10.25" x 7". Original does not come framed, but for $350 extra we can have your piece framed using a museum-grade black or maple frame and 8-ply acid free matte, if you desire.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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Single-card end screen credit as an Associate Producer, 2 VIP passes to the premiere of the film plus dinner with the filmmakers, and four DVDs of the film.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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