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Animated Mythology

Gerald McDermott is a Caldecott Medalist whose illustrated books and animated films have brought him international recognition. He is highly regarded for his culturally diverse works inspired by traditional African and Japanese folktales, hero tales of the Pueblos, and the archetypal mythology of Egypt, Greece, and Rome.

In his presentation on Tuesday evening, he will show the film Arrow to the Sun (1973) and discuss the incorporation of myth in his art.

Mr. McDermott was born in Detroit, Michigan, and says his career began when his parents enrolled him in art school at the age of four. He has produced and directed a series of animated films on mythology in consultation with renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell. These films became the basis for McDermott's first picture books. Mr. McDermott has recently been appointed primary education program director with the Joseph Campbell Foundation. Presently, he lives in Los Angeles and is at work on a new series of books and films based on mythology and folklore.