TCM Announces Movie Camp

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TCM Announces New Summer-Long Series Movie Camp Targeted To Young Adults and Future Filmmakers

Series Hosted by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg Premieres June 7 at 8 p.m.


Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced the premiere of TCM Movie Camp, a new summer-long series targeted to young adults and future filmmakers beginning on June 7 at 8 p.m. Hosts William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, Oscar®-winning filmmakers and co-founders of Moonbot Studios, will guide audiences through great films and landmark movie moments during the series, airing every Sunday this summer.

TCM Movie Camp, previously titled Essentials Jr., invites audiences to join in the adventures of classic films and film making as hosts Joyce and Oldenburg provide greater insight into the filmmaking process. In addition to hosting the series, Joyce and Oldenburg created a new animated open for the series, plus special content for TCM social to promote the franchise and engage a broader audience of younger viewers. Programming titles include:

  • The series begins with Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), which broke new ground for the science fiction genre in its exploration of the UFO phenomena
  • Mr. Bug Goes to Town (1941), a parable about a troupe of big-city insects trying to find a better life, is notable today as the first animated feature to be set in modern day and not based on a classic story
  • Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928), demonstrates Keaton's creative range and comic inventiveness in tackling everything from subdued, facial comedy to stumbling pratfalls, as with a sequence where a hurricane races through the town, toppling buildings like matchsticks
  • The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2011) TCM premiere of the Oscar® winning short directed by TCM Movie Camp Hosts William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg


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"Our goal with TCM Movie Camp is to bring a new audience to the network and to inspire their interest in classic films at a young age," said Charles Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM. "We are thrilled to be able to bring our fans this new series and work with Bill and Brandon to offer great insight into the movie making process that will hopefully inspire future filmmakers.”

Additionally, fans are able to watch TCM live whenever and wherever they want via and the Watch TCM mobile apps by logging in with a user name and password provided by their TV service provider. Watch TCM features live streaming of the network, industry leading in-depth movie information, as well as more than 300 titles available on demand each month.


William Joyce Bio
William Joyce has achieved worldwide recognition as an author, illustrator and pioneer in the digital and animation industry. In 2012, he won an Academy Award® for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, an animated short film about the curative powers of story. In 2009, he co-founded Moonbot Studios a multimedia storytelling company exploring books, apps, films and video games. The studio’s projects have won numerous awards and accolades, including an Annie Award, multiple Webby Awards and inclusion in the iTunes App Store Hall of Fame.

Since beginning his career as children’s book author/illustrator, Joyce has written or illustrated nearly 50 books including kid favorites George Shrinks (HarperCollins, 2000), Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo (HarperCollins, 1995), A Day With Wilbur Robinson (HarperCollins, 2006), The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs (HarperCollins, 2001), Rolie Polie Olie(HarperCollins, 1999) and his 13 book series, the Guardians of Childhood. He continues to publish bestselling books through Moonbot’s imprint with Simon and Schuster, including The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2012), The Mischievians (2013) and The Numberlys (2014).

Named by Newsweek magazine as “one of the 100 people to watch in the new millennium”, he has worked on projects with nearly every major film studio including BlueSky, Disney, Dreamworks Animation, Twentieth Century Fox and Pixar. His feature films include Epic(2013), Rise of the Guardians (2012), Robots (2005) and Meet the Robinsons (2007). His television series include George Shrinks andRolie Polie Olie for which he won three Emmy Awards. Joyce’s latest films are two animated shorts: The Numberlys (2013), co-directed with Brandon Oldenburg and The Cask of Amontillado (2014), co-directed with Joe Bluhm.

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Brandon Oldenburg BioBrandon Oldenburg is an award-winning illustrator, designer, sculptor and film director. After co-founding Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, Louisiana, he won an Academy Award for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2011), an animated short film about the curative powers of story. He has also received an Emmy Award for his directorial work on The Scarecrow (2013)a film and game experience for Chipotle Mexican Grill, which garnered nearly 14 million views on YouTube.

His other recent film projects include an Annie Award nominated short based on Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, The Raven (2014); a film collaboration with Dolby Laboratories featuring Mr. Morris Lessmore,Silent (2014) and a film adaptation of The Numberlys (2013), a Webby Award winning app and bestselling picture book published by Moonbot Studios.

Prior to launching Moonbot, Oldenburg co-founded Reel FX Creative Studios specializing in design and special effects for clients such as Pixar, Disney, DreamWorks, and BlueSky Studios. While at Reel FX, Oldenburg oversaw a joint venture with William Joyce, collaborating on works for Martha Stewart and Disney. Additionally, Oldenburg and renowned designer Brad Oldham collaborated on a giant, nationally acclaimed sculptural series for a $1.4 million commission called “The Traveling Man.” His illustrations have graced the covers of prestigious authors’ books such as Elmore Leonard and Michael Chabon.

In 2010, Oldenburg was honored with the Distinguished Alumni of the Year from Ringling College of Art and Design, where he received his BFA in Illustration in 1995 and serves on the Board of Trustees.


About Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. TCM, which is available in more than 85 million homes, features the insights of hosts Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. Currently in its 21st year as a leading authority in classic film, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials; film series like The Essentials hosted by Robert Osborne and Sally Field, and Friday Night Spotlight; and annual programming events like 31 Days of Oscar® in February, Summer Under the Stars in August and TCM Movie Camp. during the summer. TCM also connects with movie fans through such events as the annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the TCM Classic Cruise, as well as through the TCM Classic Film Tour in New York City and Los Angeles. In addition, TCM produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs, and hosts a wealth of material online at and through the Watch TCM mobile app.


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