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“The World’s Premier Storyteller”

Pixar’s John Lasseter, the legendary creative force that has inspired a whole generation of filmmakers will be honored at the Sonoma Valley Film Festival as they celebrate their special 10th Anniversary Event April 11-15, 2007. Mr. Lasseter, a long-time Sonoma Valley resident and supporter of the festival will enjoy a star-studded tribute that will highlight the two-time Academy Award®-winning director.

This special evening in Sonoma, set for Saturday April 14, will feature a look back at Mr. Lasseter’s groundbreaking career, from visionary independent to entertainment industry powerhouse as one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. The evening will also feature guest appearances friends and creative collaborators, including many of Hollywood’s most celebrated actors, writers, directors and industry leaders, including stars who have voiced Pixar films like Bonnie Hunt, John Raztenberger and Cheech Marin., a proud sponsor of the festival events recommends their visitors buy their VIP passes now. The event offers indulging in exquisite food and fine wine pairings, enjoying lively receptions and hot parties while having access to over 75 featured films. The new Exclusive Experience includes all this plus the luxurious accommodations with Lodge at Sonoma.

John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and Principal Creative Advisor, Walt Disney Imagineering, directed the innovative and critically acclaimed box office sensations Toy Story, A Bug’s Life and Toy Story Additionally, he executive produced Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles.  Mr. Lasseter returned to the director’s chair in 2006 with the release of Disney·Pixar film, Cars.

Under his supervision, Pixar’s animated feature and short films have received a multitude of critical accolades and film industry honors. Mr. Lasseter received a Special Achievement Oscar® in 1995 for his inspired leadership of the Toy Story team.  His work on Toy Story also resulted in an Academy Award®-nomination for “Best Original Screenplay,” the first time an animated feature had been recognized in that category.  Finding Nemo, released spring 2003, became the highest grossing animated feature of all time, and won the Oscar® for “Best Animated Feature Film.”

Mr. Lasseter also has written, directed and animated a number of highly renowned short films and television commercials for Pixar, including Luxo Jr. (1986 Academy Award® nominee); Red’s Dream (1987); Tin Toy (1988 Academy Award® winner); and Knickknack (1989), which was produced as a 3D stereoscopic film.  Pixar’s Tin Toy became the first computer animated film to win an Oscar® when it received the 1988 Academy Award® for Best Animated Short Film.

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