IN MEMORIUM: TYRUS WONG (1910-2016)
With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Tyrus Wong. Tyrus died peacefully in his home on Dec 30, 2016. He was 106 years old.
With his passing, we have lost a brilliant artist, motion picture & animation legend, Chinese American pioneer, and hero. He survived Angel Island, the Chinese Exclusion Act, the Great Depression, severe discrimination, and the loss of Ruth, his soul mate and beloved wife of over 50 years. Yet Tyrus always faced adversity with great dignity, courage, and art. Tyrus left us with a priceless trove of breathtaking paintings, Bambi, Rebel Without a Cause, colorful kites, Xmas cards, ceramics, toys, and murals. He awed us with his talent, charmed us with his boyish humor, and moved us with his humility, generosity, resilience, and big heart.
TYRUS is a multi-award winning feature documentary film about the life, art, and enduring impact of pioneering Chinese American painter and Disney Legend© Tyrus Wong. It premiered at the 42nd Telluride Film Festival on September 4, 2015 and has garnered awards at the San Diego Asian Film Festival (Audience), Hawaii Int’l Film Festival (Audience), Newport Beach Film Festival (Audience), DisOrient Film Festival (Best Feature Documentary), Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (Special Jury Prize), Cintopia Film Festival (Best Director), Boston Asian American Film Festival (Audience) and Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (Best Feature Documentary).