A discussion featuring the film's director, Don Hahn, and producer Peter Schneider will follow the screening. Patrick Pacheco, who conducted interviews for the film, will moderate. "Waking Sleeping Beauty," according to press notes, "is a behind-the-scenes look at the decade that saw the transcendent resurrection of animation giant Walt Disney Studios. Hahn and Schneider, key players at Walt Disney Studios Feature Animation during the mid 1980s, offer a behind-the-magic glimpse of the turbulent times the Animation Studio was going through and the staggering output of hits that followed over the next ten years. Artists polarized between the hungry young innovators and the old guard who refused to relinquish control, mounting tensions due to a string of box office flops, and warring studio heads create the backdrop for this fascinating story told with a unique and candid perspective from those who were there.
"Through internal memos, home movies, and a cast of characters featuring Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Roy Disney, alongside an amazing array of talented artists that includes Don Bluth, John Lasseter and Tim Burton, 'Waking Sleeping Beauty' shines a light on Disney Animation's darkest hours, greatest joys and its improbable renaissance."
The film will open March 26 at Landmark's Sunshine Cinema (143 East Houston Street).
The Directors Guild of America is located in Manhattan at 110 West 57th Street. To book tickets to the free event, visit http://www.broadwaycares.org/Page.aspx?pid=781. Tickets are on a first come, first serve basis.