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In Memoriam: Bruce Brown, Grant Munro pass away

“Endless Summer” director Bruce Brown passes away Bruce Brown, an early pioneer of the surf documentary and director of Endless Summer, has died at the age of 80, . Brown (pictured) passed ...
December 12, 2017

“Endless Summer” director Bruce Brown passes away

Bruce Brown, an early pioneer of the surf documentary and director of Endless Summer, has died at the age of 80, .

Brown (pictured) passed away of natural causes in his sleep on Sunday, Dec. 10 in Santa Barbara, California. The news was first reported by his official website.

The Endless Summer served as the San Francisco-born filmmaker’s sixth surfing film and propelled him and surf culture to celebrity at a time when surfers were seen as “rebellious thugs”.

Known for his surfing films, Brown would go beyond the sport with films about motorcycling, including On Any Sunday, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary in 1971.

In 2009, Brown was inducted into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame in Huntington Beach, California, and was awarded the first Surfing Heritage and Cultural Center Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

— written by Daniele Alcinii

National Film Board of Canada pays tribute to Grant Munro

Canadian filmmaker and animator Grant Munro has passed away at the age of 94.

Munro died on Dec. 9 in Montreal, the National Film Board of Canada confirmed.

Born in Winnipeg, Munro attended the Musgrove School of Art, the Winnipeg School of Art as well as the Ontario College of Art. While at the latter, his instructor, Group of Seven painter Franklin Carmichael, invited animator and director Norman McLaren to interview the class for a position at the NFB. Munro was ultimately hired and worked with the prodco for more than five decades.

In 1952, Munro appeared in McLaren’s anti-war pixilation film Neighbourswhich went on to win the NFB its second Academy Award and go on to be recognized by UNESCO in 2009.

Oscar-nominated My Financial Career (1962) and Christmas Cracker (1963), as well as musical animated short Canon (1964) and stop-motion flick Toys (1966) are among Munro’s many credits. He also directed several documentaries for the NFB, including Boo Hoo (1975) and See You in the Funny Papers (1983).

Munro retired from the NFB in 1988. In December 2003, the Museum of Modern Art paid tribute to him with Grant Munro Rediscovered, a retrospective of his work, and he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2008.

“Grant Munro was a Canadian animation legend, whose work has left an indelible mark on Canadian culture and on the global animation world. He was part of the first generation of young animators that McLaren hired, trained and worked with, as the NFB was starting up in the early 1940s,” said Claude Joli-Coeur, NFB Commissioner, in a statement. “For five decades, Grant worked on films here in addition to being a sculptor, painter and artist—for he was ceaselessly creative. He inspired so many who would follow in his footsteps, at the NFB and beyond, and we are forever in his debt.”

A selection of Munro’s films are now featured on the NFB’s website.

— written by Meagan Kashty

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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