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Enter a whimsical world inspired by the films of Hayao Miyazaki.

Friday, October 25, 2019

NeueHouse | 6121 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles


5:30 pm | VIP & Sponsor Cocktail Reception

  • Join an exclusive conversation, The Miyazaki Effect: How Studio Ghibli Transformed the World of Animation, moderated by internationally respected animation critic and historian Charles Solomon with Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life), Don Hall (Big Hero 6, Moana) and J. Raúl Guzmán, curator working on the inaugural Academy Museum of Motion Pictures exhibition Hayao Miyazaki


7:00 pm | Dinner and Sklar Creative Visionary Award Program

  • Bid on "Once in a Lifetime Experiences" at silent and live auction
  • View display of concept art created by Hayao Miyazaki for his most memorable films
  • Savor a delicious dinner, complete with some Japanese surprises
  • Enjoy the presentation of the Sklar Creative Visionary Award honoring world renowned filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki

                     > Video Message by Hayao Miyazaki from Tokyo

                     > Koji Hoshino, Chairman of Studio Ghibli will accept the award on behalf of Miyazaki


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HAYAO MIYAZAKI is one the most influential creators of cinematic animation in the world. Born in 1941 in Tokyo, Japan, he directed his first feature film (THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO) in 1979 and wrote and directed a second feature, (NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND), based on his own original graphic novel in 1984. Miyazaki co-founded Studio Ghibli in 1985 with Isao Takahata, and has directed ten feature films at the studio, including CASTLE IN THE SKY (1986), MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (1988), KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE (1989), PORCO ROSSO (1992) and PRINCESS MONONOKE (1997).

SPIRITED AWAY (2001) broke every box office record in Japan, and garnered many awards, including the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival and the 2002 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE (2004) received the Osella Award at the 2004 Venice International Film Festival. Miyazaki was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2005 Venice International Film Festival. In 2008, he wrote and directed PONYO. His latest film, THE WIND RISES (2013), was nominated for the 2013 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. In November 2014, the Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented him with an Honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement.

In 2012, Miyazaki was named a "Person of Cultural Merit" by The Government of Japan. In July 2014, he was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame. He is currently working on new production.

Photo Credit: Nicolas Guérin

The MARTY AND LEAH SKLAR CREATIVE VISIONARY AWARD is presented annually to an individual of singular creative vision and leadership who has made a distinctive contribution to the creative community: illuminating, inspiring and expanding the impact, relevance and reach of the arts through their work and creative vision. It is named for two visionaries who were co-founders of Ryman Arts. Leah Sklar has been active in community and educational initiatives throughout her life, including a key role in the development of Ryman Arts' mission and program. Marty Sklar was the legendary President of Walt Disney Imagineering, leading the creation of the Disney theme parks around the world.

RYMAN ARTS transforms lives by creating access and opportunity for a diverse community of young artists through rigorous education in fundamental art skills and mentoring - at no cost to the students. Almost all graduates go to college, many go on to work in the creative industries, and all are poised for personal success. A nationally recognized non-profit organization, Ryman Arts was founded in 1990 to honor the legacy of legendary Disney artist Herbert D. Ryman. It has served over 6,000 teens from 190 communities across Southern California in its core program, engaged over 21,000 students from low-income communities through outreach, and is committed to reaching students with the greatest need to ensure all young artists reach their full potential.

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Event Chairs:

Fri Forjindam & Brynna Pietz


Event Producer:

Kymber Allen


Event Committee:

Greg Combs

Robert M. Corbin

Wendy Heimann-Nunes

Phil Hettema

Wayne Hunt

David A. Price

Todd Regan


Ryman Arts Board of Directors

Phil Hettema, President

David A. Price, Vice President

Robin J. Kalota, Treasurer

Michelle A. Lund, Secretary

Adrianna Arambula, Alumni Representative

Greg Combs

Robert M. Corbin

Fri Forjindam

Amy L. Glad

Garner Holt

Wayne Hunt

Edward J. Nowak

Brynna Pietz

Seth Stuhl


Executive Director

Diane Brigham



Lucille Ryman Carroll

Sharon Disney Lund

Anne and Harrison Price

Leah and Martin A. Sklar








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