Friday, October 26, 2012

Louisiana Premiere of Rise of the Guardians

On Thursday, November 15th, William Joyce and DreamWorks Animation will present the Louisiana Premiere of Rise of the Guardians at the Strand Theatre and the grand opening of the exhibition “The Making of…Guardians” at artspace.

The event begins at 6:30 pm with an introduction of the film by the Executive Producer, William Joyce and the Production Designer, Patrick Hanenberger. Immediately following the premiere, audience members will follow Nicholas St. North in a parade down Louisiana Avenue, under a cascade of confetti to artspace for a first look at the exhibition. Patrons will celebrate at a street party complete with live music by Brady Blade and Friends. 

For tickets and more information, call the Strand Theatre box office at (318) 226-1481. Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit artspace, Robinson Film Center and The Strand Theatre.

Rise of the Guardians is an epic and magical adventure that tells the story of Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost – legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children everywhere. Produced by DreamWorks Animation and directed by Peter Ramsey, the film will be released on November 21, 2012 in theatres nationwide.  William Joyce and Guillermo del Toro executive produced the animated, feature-length film.  For more information about the film, visit

William Joyce's New York Times-bestselling GUARDIANS OF CHILDHOOD book series is set 200 years before the adventures from Rise of the Guardians. The 13 book series published by Simon & Schuster sets up the mythology of these legends through vividly illustrated picture books and chapter books for young adults. "There's a lot of stuff in the film that's fed the book series in ways I didn't expect and made it all together stronger and more interesting. It was a delight to work on both the books and the film," says William Joyce.  For more information about the book series, visit