Joann Sfar Draws From Memory
Castro TheatreSat, Jul 21, 2012 10:15 AM Not Available
Cinearts at Palo Alto SquareSun, Jul 29, 2012 10:30 AM Not Available

West Coast Premiere

Directed by Sam Ball

Edited by Kate Stilley Steiner and Catherine Zins. Cinematography by Sophie Constantinou.

USA, 2012. In French with English subtitles. 56mins.

At just 39 years of age, the prolific Joann Sfar has published 150 graphic novels, including the French best-seller The Rabbi’s Cat and the New York Times best-seller Little Vampire, and in 2010 crossed over into feature films with the biopic Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life and the adaptation of The Rabbi’s Cat. Joann Sfar Draws from Memory, director Sam Ball’s documentary portrait of the French comics artist and filmmaker, tracks his odyssey through the Algerian and Eastern European Jewish heritage that serves as the wellspring of his work. The film follows Sfar to his favorite haunts in Paris as he muses about his artistic process. Wherever he goes, he draws. We watch him in a neighborhood café as he creates characters and dialogue from what he observes around him, moment by moment. The immediacy of Joann Sfar Draws from Memory is captivating. You feel like you have entered the world of The Rabbi’s Cat yourself. Director Sam Ball in person in San Francisco and Palo Alto.

Preceded by People of the Graphic Novel

Directed by Sam Ball

USA, 2012. In English. 5mins.

Like jazz, the comics are a truly American art form, chock-full of the dreams of Jewish kids. Sam Ball provides a look at the birth of the comics, and you may be surprised at who gave birth to Clark Kent and how the funnies went from thrilling pulp to respected graphic novel.

Included Shorts
People of the Graphic Novel (5min) More