The Director and Producers of TYRUS, Pamela Tom and Gwen Wynne, will be in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles presenting their festival award winning documentary feature.
TYRUS is the first in-depth portrait of the art, life and enduring impact of Tyrus Wong. Through the eyes of a young immigrant boy from Guangzhou, China first arriving at Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, we experience the unlikely story of a boy growing up in the boarding houses of LA’s old Chinatown to become the greatest concept artist ever.
The film explores both Tyrus's formative years as a young WPA artist to his time working in various disciplines to support his family. We examine the influence of Sung Dynasty art throughout Tyrus's long career by examining his long life as an artist spent pursuing a variety of jobs like "in-betweening" for Walt Disney's Animation Studio, making concept art for Warner Brothers Studios, Christmas cards for Hallmark to forging stylish dinnerware sold throughout the United States. We also see Tyrus in his early 100s, still vibrant, flying his magnificent handmade kites high above the Pacific Ocean – the same waters he crossed as a young boy over 95 years ago.
The film presents original interviews of Tyrus Wong, guest interviews, archival footage & photos, clips and concept art from early Hollywood movies and over 80 years of Tyrus Wong artwork – much of it rare and never before seen. TYRUS captures the richness and texture of Tyrus’ career while also revealing the inner life and character of this rare individual.
Our “CAST” includes (partial list) Tyrus Wong, best selling writer Lisa See, animation artists and writers Don Hahn, Charles Solomon, Eric Goldberg, John Canemaker, Paul Felix, Milton Quon, art curators Sonia Mak, Bill Stern, Ellen Harrington, Mark Johnson, California watercolor expert Gordon McLelland and Hollywood film concept illustrator Joe Musso.