TYRUS examines the life and work of pioneering Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong. Beginning with his arrival to the immigration detention center at Angel Island in 1919, nine year old ...
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TYRUS examines the life and work of pioneering Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong. Beginning with his arrival to the immigration detention center at Angel Island in 1919, nine year old Tyrus would overcome a life of poverty, racism, and discrimination to become a renowned painter and Hollywood sketch artist. The film will show how the quiet beauty of Tyrus's eastern influenced paintings caught the eye of Walt Disney and became the inspiration for the classic animated feature Bambi. For the next 25 years, Tyrus brought his artistry to Warner Brothers where his striking storyboards and set illustrations helped set the tone and drama for films such as The Sands of Iwo Jima, Rebel Without a Cause, William Goldman's Harper and Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch. At 104, Tyrus is the oldest living Chinese American artist.Written by
9/11/17. This documentary sheds light on a Disney animation artist who was hardly known outside of his work. Of course, being of Chinese descent he had to face many obstacles (racism, discrimination) to making a living. And, that was how he saw his craft - to make a living. Fortunately, he lived till 106 so he was able to at least get to see something come out of his life - an inspiration to others to keep on keeping on, and this documentary film which does justice to the Artist he was. Those interviewed provided good insight into what drove Tyrus to work and work and work.
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