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Posts Tagged ‘Norton Juster’

Filmmaker Raises $24,000+ to Finish ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ Documentary

Filmmaker Hannah Jayanti has received more than $24,000 from Kickstarter backers for the “final push” on The Phantom Tollbooth documentary. These funds will be used for post-production mastering, legal fees, marketing, and distribution.

Back in November 2011, Jayanti raised $31,000 on Kickstarter to cover the film production costs. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more about the project:

“The film introduces viewers to the hilarious world of The Phantom Tollbooth, along with some of the novel’s more serious themes – starting with its opening scene featuring actor David Hyde Pierce narrating a stop-animation created for the documentary. Discover Norton Juster’s word play, watch Jules Feiffer draw Tollbooth protagonist Milo for the camera, and hear children’s author and illustrator Eric Carle reflect on the creative process and New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik share what makes the book a classic.”

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Phantom Tollbooth Documentary Coming This Summer

Freckless Productions will release The Phantom Tollbooth Turns 50 documentary this summer. Back in November 2011, director Hannah Jayanti raised $31,000 on Kickstarter to cover the production costs.

The official trailer is embedded above–what do you think? The movie will include appearances by author Norton Juster, illustrator Jules Feiffer, and Emmy Award-winning actor David Hyde Pierce (who narrated the audiobook edition). Here’s more about the film:

We follow Norton and Jules as they return to the house in Brooklyn Heights where Norton began writing a little story ‘to get his mind off of what he had to do.’ Working as an architect, Norton was awarded a grant for a book on Urban Perception, which he promptly didn’t write. Instead, he created Milo. When he showed his notes to his neighbor, a young political cartoonist bent on overthrowing the government, Jules began sketching – and The Phantom Tollbooth was born. 

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Jhumpa Lahiri Wins Best of Brooklyn, Inc. Award

Despite the cold snap yesterday, readers from all over New York City attended the sixth annual Brooklyn Book Festival. Reportedly, it is the largest book festival in the Northeast. In the video embedded above, you can meet some of the participating authors.

Pulitzer prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri won this year’s Best of Brooklyn, Inc. award (BoBi). Lahiri was born in London, but now calls Brooklyn home. Each year, the festival recognizes a literary figure whose work embraces and speaks to the Brooklyn spirit. Previous recipients of the BoBi award include John Ashbery (2010), Edwidge Danticat (2009), Walter Mosley (2008) and Paul Auster (2007).

Festival founder and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz commented: “It’s all about the written word and how important reading is for all of us. Whether we’re kids who use reading to make ourselves into what we’re going to be in our life or whether you’re an elder person, like myself. Knowledge doesn’t stop at a certain age; it continues for life.”

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