And the Oscar goes to…Webster University alum LEAH LATHAM! Latham, who graduated from Webster’s animation program in 2010, served as editorial production coordinator for Disney’s latest worldwide box-office smash, Frozen. The film, which has garnered wins at the BAFTAs and the Golden Globes, among others, claimed the Oscar for Best Animated Feature earlier this month. As a student at Webster, Latham helped to organize the university’s animation festival, Kinematifest. She’s currently based in Los Angeles, and is working on her next Disney animated feature, Zootopia, which is expected to be released in 2016.
Two 8-minute documentaries, each produced by sophomores at John Burroughs School, are getting their fair share of attention on the international stage. JASON CHEN and HARRISON MACON will head to Doha, Qatar next month to attend the THIMUN (The Hague International Model United Nations) Qatar Northwestern Film Festival, which serves as a platform for young people worldwide to create advocacy films on local and global issues. Jason’s film, Biofuels: Fuels of the Future, is nominated for Best Editing and Best Poster. Harrison’s Connected, which looks at technology addiction and how it impacts communication and social skills, is nominated for Best Sound, Best Story and Best Poster.
Twelve local high school acts will be vying for the top prize next month at the fourth annual ST. LOUIS TEEN TALENT COMPETITION at the Fox Theatre. Among the finalists are singer THOMAS FIELDS (St. Louis University H.S.), violinists AIDAN IP and HAVA POLINSKY as ‘Fiddlers Fandango’ (Whitfield and Clayton H.S.), singer/tap dancer COURTNEY FORTNER (Parkway South), violinist JOHN LI (MICDS), pianist OLIVIA LONG (Burroughs), and dancer TJ Hammond (CBC). The finals will be held Friday, April 4, at the Fox. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for entry (available at the box office or through Metrotix).
An all-new show will come to CIRCUS FLORA’s big top this summer. The Pawn will bring the game of chess to life when it opens May 29. Created in partnership with the WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME and the CHESS CLUB AND SCHOLASTIC CENTER OF SAINT LOUIS, the production is described as a journey back to the rich sights, sounds and mystique of ancient Persia and India, where chess began. The production, held in the big top next to Powell Hall, runs through June 22. Tickets are available by calling 289-4040 or visiting circusflora.org.
Make plans to join the NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION’s Kidney Walk on Saturday, April 26, on the Saint Louis University campus. Organizers are hoping to raise $150,000 to help support the Foundation’s programs and educational efforts in the St. Louis region. For more information, visit kidney.org.
All about Mom…Get your mom an extra-special Mother’s Day treat by entering our annual MOTHER’S DAY LOOK-ALIKE CONTEST. The winning mom receives a full-service package from DOMINIC MICHAEL SALON, which includes a haircut, blow dry, manicure, pedicure and makeup application. Two other lucky runners-up will be treated with a hair blow-out or finish, also from Dominic Michael.
Send us a photo of mother and child(ren), complete with first and last names, contact information and hometown, by Monday, April 14. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. We’ll publish as many photos as space allows in the April 25 edition of Ladue News. Photo submissions have to be print-quality and at least 1 MB in size. Email submissions to Julia Christensen at firstname.lastname@example.org. One entry per family, please.