APRIL 30th somewhere in the Czech Republic.
Hallo from a beautiful, calm, green town an hour away from Prague. I'm half way through being the President of a wondrful, truly action packed, and international festival. I've little time to sit and write now, but after four days my mind is awash with films I have seen, talks I have given, people I have met, and puppets I have met. To stand two inches in front of some iconic Trnka puppets was a thrill indeed, as was to meet the trnka family, and some of his animators, particularly a beautiful, twinkly eyed lady who came to my big talk last night. She'd worked on most of the major Czech films. So many images so far, and I will write at length when I get my breath back, but what joy to catch up with Will Vinton after all these years, and to spend time with Vivian Halas, and to see Sayoko Kino(expletive not allowed)a jumping up and down giving my films an ovation, and to meet so many students from around the world, to watch presentations from Liaka, to watch early British puppets films, to see Tintin in Czech on a big outdoor screen, to rather embarrassingly start crying at the end of my own Tchaikovsky film, to be staying in the hotel that Beethoven wrote Symphony no 7....so many images. More to come.