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Oregon Animators Celebrate Homer Groening’s Mid Century Oregon Genius

Not one, not two, but three Oregon animators took the Hollywood Theatre stage on Jan. 17, 2015 to celebrate the life and work of independent filmmaker Homer Groening (1919-1996).

Two time Oscar nominee Bill Plympton introduced Lisa Groening and Matt Groening, who then introduced the films. All three speakers have been known to animate.

Two other panelists, Tom Shrader, on the far left in the photo below, and Ted Mahar, to Tom’s left, spoke about Homer Groening as a friend and colleague. All spoke about him as an influence and inspiration.

We heard personal stories as well, about the man who loved surfing, flying, basketball, advertising and making films. The Groening family loaned six of those films for the program.  A seventh came from Walt Dimick, the son of one of Homer Groening’s colleagues, Norm Dimick.

When I began the series, Dennis and I thought we only had his two battered, color deteriorated, prints of Homer Groening films to count on. Wonderful to watch the world’s first Homer Groening retrospective take shape, as the Groening family and the Dimick family rose to the occasion and generously supplied what we needed to fully celebrate this Oregon film pioneer.

Photo credit: Gus Frederick

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