Tyrus
http://tyruswongthemovie.com/
Directed by Pamela Tom
2016, 77 min.

To art lovers, Tyrus Wong was a renowned painter who once exhibited with Picasso and Matisse. 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. Tyrus is Pamela Tom’s tour-de-force documentary about the 105-year-old Guangzhou-born, L.A. based visual artist, his breathtaking scope of work across multiple artistic mediums, and his personal journey navigating racial bigotry in 20th century America.



UPCOMING SCREENINGS

 
Larkspur, CA
June 16, 18, 20, 21, 2017
 
Silver Spring, MD
June 19-21, 2017
*Director Pamela Tom in person June 20 @ 7:30pm
 
Astoria, NY
June 24, 2017
*Director Pamela Tom in person @ 4:00pm
 
Los Angeles, CA
June 25, 2017
 
Dennis, MA
June 26, 2017

SHORT SYNOPSIS

To art lovers, Tyrus Wong was a renowned painter who once exhibited with Picasso and Matisse. 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. TYRUS is Pamela Tom’s tour-de-force documentary about the 105-year-old Guangzhou-born, L.A. based visual artist, his breathtaking scope of work across multiple artistic mediums, and his personal journey navigating racial bigotry in 20th century America.

LONG SYNOPSIS

Seventeen years in the making, Pamela Tom’s film makes meticulous use of Tyrus Wong’s exquisite art, archival footage, illuminating interviews and commentary from Wong himself to document how his unique style, melding Chinese calligraphic and landscape influences with contemporary Western art, helped the Disney animated film, Bambi (1942) specifically, and early Hollywood in general establish their signature visual styles. The film makes a critical contribution to the documentary tradition and to American society in correcting a historical wrong by spotlighting this seminal, but heretofore under-credited figure.

TYRUS 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 105, Tyrus continued to live the life of an artist, still vibrant, flying his magnificent creations high above the Pacific Ocean – the same waters he crossed as a young boy over 95 years ago.

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