chestnuttn.jpgFrom Picnic Pictures and executive produced by Don Hahn comes a new hand-drawn animated short, The Chestnut Tree, making its debut at the Laemmle Sunset 5 beginning today and continuing through to Sunday. The film’s producers are scheduled to appear at the first Sunday screening to talk about their creation. This short will also be appearing at the Austin Film Festival and the San Diego Asian Film Festival next month. Screening information and five related images follow:

Laemmle Sunset 5
8000 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
11:05 AM and 11:50 AM
Fri-Sun, Sept. 7-9, 2007

The Chestnut Tree is a traditional 2D hand-drawn short film directed by Hyun-min Lee, produced by Bert and Jennifer Klein, and executive produced by Don Hahn. Set to music by Chopin, this charming story centers around a little girl and her mother as they revisit memories under the chestnut tree.”


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About the director: Hyun-min Lee is an animator from Seoul, South Korea. She came to the United States in 2000, and has earned a degree in painting from Wesleyan University and a Masters degree in animation from the California Institute of the Arts. She enjoys working in all areas of animation, but her work mainly focuses on traditional hand drawn techniques. She cites the early Disney films as an influence on her work, and has spent time training with animators Eric Goldberg and Bert Klein. Hyun-min currently resides in the Greater Los Angeles area and continues to work on various animation projects.