New Zealand Book Council: Going West

The mission of the not-for-profit New Zealand Book Council is to promote literacy, with special emphasis placed on the writers and writings of New Zealand. Their diverse programs educate and entertain children and adults throughout the country.

The following short film, which uses paper cut animation of Maurice Gee’s novel Going West, was launched mid-November and has since breached the top ten videos on the Viral Video Chart compiled by Unruly Media. (It has fallen to number 11 at the time I am writing this post.)

Everything in the film is made by hand. Scalpel blades, paper, and eight months of hard work and patience combine to create this intriguing film.

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Hugh Jackman on Free Comic Book Day

Wolverine says, “Get yer kid some free comics, Bub.”

Hugh Jackman, star of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, encourages participation in Free Comic Book Day. A trailer for the film follows the PSA.

Hugh Jackman has a big heart. He is parlaying Wolverine’s popularity to promote literacy and health. On his Twitter feed, Mr. Jackman has expressed a desire to donate a large sum of money to a charity / non-profit organization.

I’m hoping he will choose 12for12k.org. Please Tweet Jackman about your favorite non-profit, then share your choice in the comments below.

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