Kinematifest 9 April 15 and 16

Kinematifest 9 logoST. LOUIS (APR. 15, 2016) – Kinematifest 9, Webster University’s international animation and interactive media festival, will be held on campus Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16, 2016.

The weekend kicks off with a welcome dinner on Friday in the Emerson Library conference room at 6 p.m. Dinner is followed by a Comic Jam from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Learn the basics of comic creation, and then join fellow students and guests for a collaborative comic-making jam.

The evening continues in the Winifred Moore Auditorium with a screening of the 1999 animated science fiction film, “Iron Giant,” at 9:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Kinematifest 9 events are scheduled from noon until 9:30 p.m. Featured guests include Ray Walsh and Matt Rathiel. Recognized animation authority Jerry Beck is the keynote speaker.

Walsh is the creator of the webcomic “Dollhouse.” She writes romance and supernatural stories and has been a guest speaker at local comic book conventions over the past few years. Ray Walsh will speak at noon on Saturday in Sverdrup 123.

Rathiel is a game developer, web developer and artist. He helped create Graphite Labs where they are developing their latest game, "Hive Jump." Matt Rathiel will speak at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Sverdrup 123.

Recognized as an authority on animation, Beck is an author, animation historian and video producer. He is the editor of the website “Cartoon Research.” He will speak at 2 p.m. in Sverdrup 123 on the ins and outs of the animation industry in America. At 6 p.m., Jerry Beck will host a discussion of the history of "Looney Tunes" in the Winifred Moore Auditorium.

A student showcase will begin at 8 p.m. in the Winifred Moore Auditorium. Student submissions of animation and interactive media projects from around the world are screened.

Kinematifest 9 is free and open to the public. Please refer to the the Kinematifest website for registration and schedule information. It is sponsored by the School of Communications, the Galaxy Radio, Cinema St. Louis, Star Clipper Comics, Games and Collectibles, and Siggraph.

About the School of Communications
The School of Communications at Webster University prepares students to excel as skilled professionals in the global field of communications. We provide theory and practice in media courses framed within a liberal arts-based curriculum, augmented by personalized mentorship, and professional development opportunities. Fifteen distinct majors are available at the undergraduate level and master’s degrees in six diverse fields of communications. We offer BA and MA programs on the Webster campuses in Geneva, Vienna, London, Leiden, Thailand, and Ghana, as well as in Saint Louis and online.

About Webster University
With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University (www.webster.edu) comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with more than 17,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.


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