April 29, 2009

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Animation Industry Expert Max Howard to speak at ‘Iolani School
May 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s Seto Hall

(Honolulu, HI) – Max Howard, president of Exodus Film Group, will speak on “Fostering the Creative Community” on Wednesday, May 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in ‘Iolani School’s Seto Hall. Hawaii student animators’ work from ‘Iolani School, University of Hawaii Academy for Creative Media and Kapiolani Community College’s New Media Arts program will be screened as part of the presentation. Refreshments, including complimentary pizza, will be served from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m..

Howard will discuss the making of great films and how communities build creative industries. His background is extensive. He oversaw the Walt Disney Co. studios in the United Kingdom, Paris and Florida. For Disney, he worked on the films Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King. He is a past president of Warner Bros. Feature Animation and oversaw the hit movies The Iron Giant and Space Jam. When he was at DreamWorks, he produced Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron.

Throughout his career, he worked with UNICEF to bring creative education to schools in Africa, the Caribbean and South America through the use of animation. His projects use animation as a medium to overcome ethnic and social differences. While in Hawaii, Howard will meet with government and industry leaders to further development of Hawaii’s creative industries and innovation infrastructure.

In his current role at Exodus, Howard specializes in the production of animated feature films. The company’s first production, Igor, was released in the fall 2008.

Howard is also a consultant and lecturer for the animation industry, working with companies and organizations around the world. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Howard’s lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.