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Global Animation Competition ‘Animate Chapman' Launched to Celebrate Premiere of A Liar's Autobiography

<p class='bwalignc'> <b>Trinity, Brainstorm Media, & EPIX Collaborate with Adobe for Global Competition</b> </p>

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Global Animation Competition ‘Animate Chapman' Launched to Celebrate Premiere of A Liar's Autobiography12:29 EDT Thursday, August 02, 2012 LONDON & NEW YORK (Business Wire) -- In celebration of the new feature film A Liar's Autobiography – The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman, worldpremiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, a global online animation competition titled ‘Animate Chapman' launched today to find enthusiastic animators to bring Chapman and Monty Python's sketches back to life (www.animatechapman.com). Open to students, amateurs and professional animators alike, the filmmakers, Trinity, Brainstorm, and EPIX sponsored the contest with Adobe®. For the contest, eight audio clips have been chosen that span Chapman's career, chosen for their diversity and absurdness, providing a launch point for animators to visualize Graham's world in their own style and technique, using Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 Production Premium software. Hand drawn, CGI, typographic, collage, stopmotion; the animation possibilities are endless. Entrants must upload their final animation via the official A Liar's Autobiography Facebook page and share it with their friends. 10 winners will be chosen by the filmmakers and judging panel, one of which will be chosen by Facebook voters as the audience choice. All winners will receive a copy of Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 Production Premium software and will be showcased on PythonLine and the Monty Python YouTube channel, and considered as an extra on the film's official DVD, pending appropriate copyright clearance. Final submissions must be received by October 22. Graham Chapman, probably best remembered as 'the dead one from Monty Python', writes and stars in the animated movie of his own life story, A Liar's Autobiography. He was born, he went to Cambridge and met John Cleese, he smoked a pipe, he became a doctor, he became a Python, he decided he was gay (well, 70/30, according to a survey he did on himself), he got drunk a lot, he stopped being drunk, he made some films, he had some sex (actually, a lot), and moved to Los Angeles. Finally, he was whisked up into space by aliens (although that might have been in a film). Featuring recordings of Chapman that he made of his book in 1982 and matched with recorded sound from present, the film reunites members of the Monty Python troupe and brings Chapman back to life in a tour de force of animation through 17 different animation styles from 14 different animators. Incredible, yes. Surreal, certainly. True? Who knows? At his memorial service, John Cleese called Chapman “a freeloading bastard.” Now, as the film re-unites Chapman with Cleese, Jones, Palin, and Gilliam for the first time in 23 years, he is set to earn a new title – the most prolific corpse since Elvis. Following the Toronto International Film Festival, A Liar's Autobiography – The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman will premiere on EPIX and in select U.S. theaters in 3D on Friday, November 2, 2012, and theatrically in the U.K. in November and Canada. Brainstorm Media is the U.S. theatrical distributor of the film. Trinity is handling U.K. distribution and Entertainment One is handling Canadian distribution. The talented animation teams and diverse styles involved in A Liar's Autobiography are from the following animation studios: A for Animation, ArthurCox, Beakus, Cake, Made Visual Studio, Mr & Mrs, Not To Scale, Peepshow, Sherbet, Steven Lall, Superfad, Treat Studios, Trunk and Tundra. Please visit: http://corp.epixhd.com/press/liars/ for more information on the film, including press notes and images. About TRINITY Since 2006, Trinity has established itself as a dynamic, highly regarded ‘All Rights' film distribution and production company. Based in London, it has earned an enviable reputation for releasing fresh, challenging and unique feature films from around the world. About EPIX EPIX is the newest premium entertainment network delivering the latest movie releases, classic library titles, plus original films, comedy, music and sports events on TV, on demand, online and on devices. Launched October 2009 as the first multiplatform premium network with online accessibility for subscribers through EpixHD.com, EPIX pioneered the development and proliferation of TV Everywhere for American consumers. EPIX was the first premium network to launch on Xbox consoles, first on Android tablets and phones, first on Roku® players and is available to authenticated subscribers on hundreds of devices including Apple® iPads®, iPhones®, Samsung® Smart TVs and Blu-ray™ players and more. Today EPIX remains the only premium service providing its entire monthly line-up from new Hollywood hits to original programs on all platforms and provides more movies than any other premium network. EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), available to over 30 million homes nationwide through distribution partners including Charter Communications, Cox Communications, DISH Network, Mediacom Communications, NCTC, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon FiOS. For more information about EPIX, go to www.EpixHD.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHD and on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/EpixHD. ABOUT BRAINSTORM MEDIA Formed in 1995, Brainstorm Media is a fully integrated multi-platform innovator on the cutting edge of independent global distribution. Brainstorm currently has Todd Solondz's acclaimed feature film Dark Horse in national release. Brainstorm produces, finances, and distributes films for Theatrical, TV, and new media. TrinitySarah Wilby, 020 7580 222sarahbemand@swcp.co.uk / suhan@swcp.co.ukorPMK BNCGeorge Nicholis, 212-373-6113George.nicholis@pmkbnc.comorEPIXJamie Colunga, 212-846-1843jcolunga@epixhd.com