Retro has received the following press release:
Area Film Events Brings Back The Dynamation Celebration!
Area Film Events is celebrating our 15th anniversary by revisiting our
very first show! 2004’s Dynamation Celebration, a tribute to Special
Effects Titan Ray Harryhausen!
this time, we’re doing it up BIG! Three days at the Balboa Theater in San
prizes, vendors, artists, displays and more!
special guests for the show will be Ray’s daughter, Vanessa Harryhausen and
Harryhausen Foundation Collection Manager Connor Heaney. Both guests will
be with us all three days, including Friday night for a special evening
benefiting the Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation.
are event pages on Facebook, dedicated to the Dynamation Celebration, the
Friday night benefit and our upcoming Godzillafest on August 23-25!
us for all the fun and excitement! You never know who else may show up….
is the daughter of Ray and Diana Harryhausen, and is now proud to be a
trustee of the Foundation responsible for maintaining her father’s
collection and legacy. Vanessa was present on the set of all of her
father’s films from ‘The Valley of Gwangi’ onwards, and has many fond memories
of watching Ray working on set and in his workshop at home. Her unique
perspective on her father’s creative processes will fascinate Harryhausen
fans, having grown up in a home packed full of his legendary creatures!
is now passionate about ensuring that the Foundation’s incredible
collection is preserved and restored for future generations to enjoy. She
has assisted with the cataloguing of his many models, artworks and posters,
as we count down to Ray’s centenary in June 2020. The opportunity to hear
Vanessa’s many recollections of her extraordinary father and his lasting
legacy, alongside unique imagery from the Foundation’s archive, will be a
must-attend event for cinema fans everywhere.
Heaney is the Collections Manager for the Ray and Diana Harryhausen
Foundation, and deals with the day-to-day care of Ray's archive. His
responsibilities include the cataloguing, digitisation and conservation of
the collection, as well as ensuring awareness of Ray's work and legacy
through worldwide exhibitions and events. Alongside administering and
managing the Foundation's physical archive and database, Connor is
responsible for promoting Ray Harryhausen’s life and creations through
social media. He co-hosts ‘The Ray Harryhausen Podcast’ alongside
trustee John Walsh. Connor has spoken about Ray and the collection at
screenings, exhibitions and conventions across the world, including San
Diego Comic Con and 2017’s ‘Mythical Menagerie’ exhibit at the Science
more information on the Foundation’s current projects and exhibitions,