Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Oscar Parties & the CAM Exhibit Opening

Oscar Parties & the CAM Exhibit Opening

(February, 2015)  March, 2015

We sure did have a full month (a full 6 months!) here in LA.
The month began with a celebratory dinner between Cartoon Saloon & Brunners.

Didier Brunner with his wife (Chantal and associate, Dimitri Granovsky

Tomm with Eric Beckman of GKIDS2
The Song team in LA, with Didier, Chantal and Dimitri.
Tomm & Paul attended the exclusive AMPAS Nominees Luncheon.
We then went to the Hollywood Reporter and The Wrap Nominee Parties.
Tomm & Paul interviewed on the red carpet
Our souvenir keepsake…
The following day, Tomm was interviewed on Last Call with Carson Daly.
Tomm interviewed on Last Call...

We then had our last few private screenings here in LA with Q&A with Tomm & legendary Irish actress, Fionnula Flanagan, who played both Granny & Macha in SONG.
8Over the next few days, SONG took home best Animated film at THE SATELLITE AWARDS!

Producer and studio co-founder, Paul Young with Danish co-producer, Claus Toksvig Kjaer (photo courtesy of Claus Toksvig Kjaer)

We then had a Cartoon Saloon/Irish Film Board party at The Den on Sunset…
And then came the Oscar® Directors’ Symposium at The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.

David Rawle – the voice of Ben in SONG
All of the animated feature nominees along with AMPAS Governor, Bill Kroyer (L) and moderators, Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck.
We attended a private luncheon hosted by the Luxembourg Film Board and the Irish Consulate…
Tomm was interviewed…
David was interviewed…
With many a toast given - this one by Eric Beckman, the president of SONG’s distribution company, GKIDS.
We then attended Ron Diamond’s annual Nominees’ Party…
Tomm with GKIDS Head of Distribution, Dave Jesteadt (L) and his lovely wife, Monica and Eric Beckman, President of GKIDS (R).
SONG’s writer, Will Collins (C) – surrounded by (L to R), Elena Ø Alexa, Liselott Olofsson, Yvonne Ross, Cartoon Saloon co-founder, Nora Twomey and yours truly.
We were then invited to Fionnula’s for tea to celebrate the SONG OF THE SEA and BAFTA-winning Northern Irish film, BOOGALOO AND GRAHAM.

Tomm with Boogaloo and Graham’s producer, Brian J. Falconer
The party included dignitaries from the Irish Consul, colleagues from the Irish Film Board…
Fionnula and her husband Garrett were presented with an award from Ireland to thank them for, I believe, their generosity, hospitality and commitment to the arts.
Tomm presented Fionnula and Garrett with a DESIGNING THE SECRET OF KELLS book which both Tomm and Paul drew in and signed for her.
Fionnula (Granny/Macha) and the film’s Young Ben (David Rawle) were reunited…
As were the films two Ben’s – David Rawle, and the inspiration for the real Ben, Tomm and Liselott’s son, Ben Moore.
Later that night, SONG was awarded a Chocolate FOSCA at the annual nominees party, this year hosted by Marilyn Zornado, Libby Simon and Amid Amidi at the home of Kevin Bannerman.
The following morning was the Oscars – and our team was sadly 3 tickets short.
We were so thrilled to have, however, gotten all of the co-founders and co-producers in — and David Rawle.
What a wonderful opportunity for our bright star.
Tomm & Liselott
Yvonne & Paul
Yvonne & Nora Twomey (who will also be directing The Saloon’s next feature, THE BREADWINNER)
SONG’s writer, Will Collins and co-founder, Ross Murray
The French Producers, Clement & Jeremie
Stephan Roelants (C), the Belgian Producer
Tomm & Paul were interviewed by Irish Television…
With all of us in the background (including GKIDS distribution partners, Eric Beckman & Dave Jesteadt) – where we all waved to those back in Kilkenny.
It was a great ride.
Thanks for the indelible support, folks…
Gerry Shirren, CS’ Managing Director and two animators from both KELLS and SONG who flew in just to hang out for a few days, Alfredo Cassano and Alessandra Sorrentino.

The day after the awards, we had a lovely luncheon at the French Consul’s home where all of the French nominees were celebrated.  SONG was a co-production, so our team was included…

The rest of the team flew home and Tomm & I then flew to San Francisco for SONGS AND SECRETS, an exhibit celebrating the pre-production artwork for SONG OF THE SEA and THE SECRET OF KELLS.
The exhibit runs through June 21st at the Cartoon Art Museum.

We came early to check out the goods…

And then we had an opening reception with a book signing for DESIGNING THE SECRET OF KELLS.
Sold Out.
Thanks, San Francisco.

jkb | Cartoon Saloon-US


  1. Hi there!

    My daughter (5yrs old) is absolutely obsessed with Song of the Sea. She has been for months and months now. She hums the songs, the seal is her favorite animal, she wants to name her kids Ben and Saoirse...she adores every bit of the movie. During Halloween, she wanted me to carve Saoirse on the pumpkin, specifically the part where she falls off the dog and has a white strand in her hair and she's hugging her knees. She made me run through the movie and pause at that exact scene. She has been asking for a song of the sea themed birthday party, but unfortunately, I've come to find out from weeks of looking online, that there is absolutely no merchandise. Is there anything, anywhere, that I could purchase SOMETHING for her?

    By the way, Secret of the Kells is amazing too!!

    1. check out our webshop at ;-) so glad she enjoys the film so much!


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