Friday, May 25th, 5pm to 9pm May 25, 2012


Join us on Friday, May 25th, from 5pm to 9pm at NOMA for Where Y’Art!

  • 5pm to 8pm: Art Making Activity
  • 5:30pm to 8:30pm: Music by Banu Gibson
  • 6:30pm: Comedic Gallery Tour by The New Movement
  • 7pm: Screening: Academy Award Winner: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
  • Preceding the screening of Mr. Morris Lessmore a documentary will be shown on the making of the short and a Q&A with producer, Alissa Kantrow will follow the screenings.
  • 8pm: Comedic Gallery Tour by The New Movement

About Moonbot Studios & The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Located in Shreveport, Louisiana, Moonbot Studios is a place where outstanding individual talents come together to bring extraordinary entertainment to their clients and their audiences from an array of media platforms. Their film, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, won the Academy Award in 2012 for Best Animated Short.

A love letter to books, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, is an animated short film about the curative power of story. Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor. Using a variety of techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation) award winning author/illustrator William Joyce and Co-director Brandon Oldenburg present a hybrid style of animation that harkens back to silent film and MGM Technicolor musicals. “Morris Lessmore” is old fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.

About Banu Gibson
Today, Banu (bah’new) Gibson stands virtually at the top of her field. A superior and swinging jazz singer, Banu is one of the few vocalists of her generation to maintain exclusive loyalty to songs of the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s. Rather than mimic singers of the past, she mixes fresh renditions of Tin Pan Alley standards and jazz classics by Gershwin, Ellington, Berlin, Carmichael, Waller, Porter, et al. A powerful force on stage as well as on her CDs on the Swing Out label, her enthusiasm and showmanship are highlighted by her wide range and versatility.

With an extensive repertoire of songs, Banu’s performances cover many high points of America’s golden age of popular music. Not content to copy the past, Banu Gibson is creative within the boundaries of the genre, consistently inventing fresh and imaginative variations giving new life to timeless, unforgettable music.

About The New Movement
The New Movement opened in Austin, TX in February 2009 as a full time comedy conservatory. Founders Chris Trew and Tami Nelson met in 2004 while taking improv classes in New Orleans and had long dreamed of running their own theater and conservatory. They later partnered with local improvisation powerhouse Stupid Time Machine to bring TNM back home. The New Movement has brought something new to the Austin and New Orleans Improv scene – a specific approach to the craft that couldn’t be found in a book or anywhere else in the country. The difference paid off as TNM attracted both eager rookies and veteran performers. The recent four-day Hell Yes Fest Comedy Festival, the largest in New Orleans history, is a perfect example of their blend of creating local talent and courting national performers.

With shows and classes running in Austin, Houston and New Orleans while maintaining a national presence with online material, frequent tours and festival appearances, The New Movement has joined an elite group of comedy collectives who maintain a strong presence in multiple cities and online.