Sunday, September 29, 2013

Calvin & Hobbes Documentary Comes Home to Chagrin Falls

The feature documentary Dear Mr. Watterson has been on the festival circuit since spring, debuting in April at the Cleveland International Film Festival.

As it approaches a November 15th VOD and limited release date, there is a very special pit stop next week: the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival. That's because Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson grew up in the Chagrin Falls, Ohio area, moving there from Washington D.C. at age six and drawing his first cartoon two years later.

The movie is set to open festivities October 2nd at the Chagrin Valley Little Theater and then encore at the Chagrin Falls Public Library on October 3rd and Chagrin Falls High School on October 5th.

Watterson retired the Calvin & Hobbes strip from newspapers on New Year's Eve 1995. From the documentary's official website:

It has now been more than a decade since the end of the Calvin & Hobbes era. Bill Watterson has kept an extremely low profile during this time, living a very private life outside of Cleveland, Ohio. Despite his quiet lifestyle, Mr. Watterson is remembered and appreciated daily by fans who still enjoy his amazing collection of work...
This film is not a quest to find Bill Watterson, or to invade his privacy. It is an exploration to discover why his 'simple' comic strip made such an impact on so many readers in the 80s and 90s, and why it still means so much to us today.

The documentary's director, Joel Schroeder, is a graduate of USC's School of Cinema (Class of 2002). The movie features an original score by We Were Pirates.

[Dear Mr. Watterson]

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