Brothers Warner Presented by the Warner Sisters–
Granddaughter of Warner Bros. Studio
Founder To Sign
Book & Screen Documentary
Santa Fe, NM—The
Chuck Jones Gallery will host a book & DVD signing for Cass Warner,
granddaughter of founder and President of Warner Bros. Studios, Harry Warner,
on Friday, May 22nd from 5 to 7 PM.
An exhibition of never-before-seen photographs from Ms. Warner’s
personal collection of family memorabilia will be on display. The photographs offer an intimate look inside
the family that brought us such film masterpieces as “Casablanca,” “The Wizard
of Oz”, “The Jazz Singer” and “Gone With the Wind.” The gallery, in a tribute to the famed Warner
Bros. Animation Studio, will also feature unique vintage cel art from animated
films directed by Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng and Bob McKimson.
Saturday, May 23rd, the gallery and Ms. Warner will present the
documentary The Brothers Warner at
The Film Museum at 6 PM (418 Montezuma Ave., Santa Fe,) tickets are $10.00 per
person or $60.00 per person which include a private dinner with Cass Warner on
Friday evening after the gallery reception.
A frequent visitor to Santa Fe, Ms. Warner says, "Each time I revisit the Land of
Enchantment – it becomes more enchanting."
The Brothers Warner
(book and documentary) is an intimate portrait of the four film pioneers who
founded and ran Warner Bros. Studio for over 50 years. This is the inside story of the little known
major player in the Warner Bros. studio legend, Harry Warner (Cass Warner’s
grandfather); and honest Abe, visionary Sam, and volatile Jack—the original
Hollywood independent filmmakers. This close-knit band of brothers proved in
their pioneering efforts to use mass media to “educate, entertain, and
enlighten” while being commercially successful. Their films were often produced
from stories ripped from news headlines. It was Harry’s personal belief that,
“Those who make a nation’s entertainment have obligations above and beyond
their primary commercial objective, which is the box office.”
A passionate advocate for the power of film, Ms. Warner has
said “I whole-heartedly believe that the moving image—in the form of films,
television, video and other media—is an incredibly powerful communication tool.
It can be equated to today’s tribal drum—carrying emotional, intellectual and
philosophical messages, which are hummed almost unknowingly or subliminally as
the result of taking in this form of entertainment.”
Taking the original Warner Bros. Studios motto “Educate,
Entertain and Enlighten” to heart, Cass Warner Sperling founded Warner Sisters
to carry on the legacy left her by grandfather, Harry Warner. Originally drawn to acting Cass Warner
Sperling soon found herself fascinated with screenwriting and mentored by her
father, Milton Sperling, and the inimitable Howard Koch (Academy Award™-winning
screenwriter of Casablanca) she has
gone on to produce not only the documentary, The Brothers Warner, but also to produce and host the series Conversations with Cass (seen on Starz)
and is in production on several features.
The Chuck Jones Gallery,
located just steps from the Plaza of Santa Fe at 135 W. Palace Ave., is the
destination for art collectors and visitors from around the world. The gallery presents the most important works
of art from the 20th century film art genre, including original art
from the masters of film and moving entertainment. From film campaign artists to matte painters,
from layout artists to animators, concept artists and cartoonists, the Chuck
Jones Gallery represents the giants of film art history. Artists represented include Chuck Jones,
Salvador Dali, Peter and Harrison Ellenshaw, John Alvin, Charles Schulz, Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), Bill Melendez,
and Lawrence Noble. For more information please call the gallery at 505-983-5999.