Carmen D'Avino  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Carmen D'Avino (October 31, 1918–November 30, 2004) was a pioneer in animated short film. As one of the leading figures in the avant-garde film movement of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, his films, known for their wit and graphic brilliance, received many international honors, including two Academy Award nominations, and were regularly seen at Cinema 16, the most successful and influential membership film society in North American history. His works in oils and sculpture have achieved similar success, part of his always expanding experimentation into shape, color and form.

Carmen's films are in the process of being restored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Film Archive. As of March 2009, his films "Pianissimo" (1963), "The Room" (1958–59), and "A Trip" (1960) have been restored, and Background (1973) is currently in progress.

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