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    Panel #4 Sunday, Oct. 7, 10:30am – 11:30am:      

An Invisible History - Trailblazing Women of Animation

Mindy Johnson, author of Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation, will discuss the historical role of women in the animation industry. Following her presentation will be a panel discussion with animation trailblazers Enid Denbo Wizig and Jane Shattuck-Takamoto-Baer who will offer their own perspectives on their careers in the 40s and 50s.

Moderator: Mindy Johnson – Author, Historian, Educator

Award-winning author, historian, educator, musician, and preeminent expert on women in early animation, Mindy Johnson’s latest groundbreaking book Ink & Paint – The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation, (Disney Editions) redefines our collective history. This essential volume casts a light on the thousands of unsung female artists behind the creative and technical advances within the animation art forms of the Twentieth Century.

Mindy’s critically acclaimed book, Tinker Bell – An Evolution (Disney Editions) was honored with rare consecutive Family Choice Awards. Mindy is also a contributing writer for the epic volume, The Walt Disney Film Archives – The Animated Movies 1921-1968, (Taschen); as well as the celebrated collection, Marc Davis: Walt Disney’s Renaissance Man, (Disney Editions). She is currently creating a Young Readers volume exploring early women in animation, entitled Pencils, Pens & Brushes – Great Girls of Disney Animation, releasing 2019.

A sought-after commentator, speaker, lecturer and panelist, Mindy appears in several documentaries, as well as the internationally broadcast ABC special Behind the Magic: The Making of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Frequently presenting at numerous international festivals and conferences including the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival, D23 Expo, CTN Expo, World Animation Festival and more, Mindy has written for numerous international publications and produced record-breaking global campaigns for the film industry. Her written, produced and creative work also extends to a wide range of projects for a growing list of clients including: Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences/Oscars.org, TCM/Turner Broadcasting, WNET/American Masters, The Walt Disney Family Museum, The Walt Disney Company, Dick Cavett’s Daphne Productions, SiriusXM Radio and more.

In addition to a background in network television and film production, Mindy is also an award-winning playwright, Grammy-nominated songwriter, musician, and a contributing artist on several internationally acclaimed recordings. When she isn’t researching or writing on a myriad of subjects, Mindy also teaches film/animation studies, history, screenwriting & intercultural film in Southern CA.

Enid Denbo Wizig

1940s-Schlesinger Studios

Jane Shattuck-Takamoto-Baer  

1950s-90s Walt Disney Studios & Baer Animation