September 16, 1924
New York City, New York U.S.
|Died||December 7, 2001
New Haven, Connecticut
Cause of death
|Occupation||Animator, storyboard artist, teacher|
|Spouse(s)||John Hubley (1955-1977)|
Faith Hubley (née Chestman; September 16, 1924 – December 7, 2001) was an animator, known for her experimental work both in collaboration with her husband John Hubley, and on her own following her husband's death.
Born to Sally and Irving Chestman, Russian-Jewish emigrants, she grew up with three siblings on Manhattan's West Side during the 1920s and 1930s. She spoke little about her childhood and left home at age 15 to work in the theater, adopting the name Faith Elliott. At age 18, she moved to Hollywood, starting as a messenger at Columbia Pictures. She subsequently worked as a sound-effects and music editor, and then script clerk for Republic Pictures. She later worked as a script supervisor (12 Angry Men) and editor (Go, Man, Go; with the Harlem Globetrotters). Faith Hubley married John Hubley in 1955.
The Hubleys jointly founded Storyboard Studios as an independent animation studio, vowing to make one independent film a year. They collaborated on more than 20 short films, up until Hubley's death during open-heart surgery in 1977. At that time they were working on the Doonesbury television cartoon, A Doonesbury Special. Faith Hubley, with Garry Trudeau and Bill Littlejohn, completed the special despite the doubts of NBC executives. The Hubleys won Oscars for their shorts: Moonbird (1959), The Hole (1962) and A Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Double Feature (1966); they also received Oscar nominations for Windy Day, Of Men and Demons, Voyage to Next and A Doonesbury Special. Her many solo projects established her as a significant film creator in her own right. She began her first solo project, W.O.W. (Women of the World), after being diagnosed with "terminal" breast cancer in 1975.
Between 1976 and 2001, she completed 24 further solo animated films. Her films often feature abstract imagery and non-linear stories; many draw on themes of mythology and indigenous art. She was also a painter, with her works being exhibited in galleries in Europe and the United States. Unlike conventional hand-drawn animation where a camera takes pictures of paintings on celluloid that are lit from above, she used a technique were drawings on paper were illuminated from below, giving the animation a special look.
She won fourteen CINE Golden Eagle awards, and received honorary doctorates from the University of Chicago, Columbia College, and Hofstra University. Her 1981 animated film "Enter Life" can be seen at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, as part of the Early Life exhibit. In 1995, the National Gallery of Art presented a retrospective program of her works.
Faith Hubley died in 2001, aged 77, in New Haven, Connecticut, following her long battle with cancer, 26 years after her initial diagnosis.
With John Hubley
- Harlem Wednesday (1957)
- Tender Game (1958)
- Moonbird (1959)
- Children of the Sun (1960)
- Of Stars and Men (1961)
- The Hole (1962)
- The Hat (1963)
- A Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Double Feature (1965)
- Urbanissimo (1966)
- The Cruise (1966)
- Windy Day (1967)
- Of Men and Demons (1968)
- Zuckerkandl (1969)
- Sesame Street ("Imagination E", 1969)
- Sesame Street ("O Song", 1969)
- Sesame Street ("Polar Bear & Exit", 1970)
- Sesame Street ("Small V", 1970)
- Eggs (1970)
- Sesame Street ("F for Football", 1971)
- Sesame Street ("Baby Fantasy", 1971)
- Sesame Street ("Birds 1-20", 1971)
- Sesame Street ("Penguin Rhythms", 1971)
- Sesame Street ("Hungry M", 1971)
- Dig (1972)
- Sesame Street ("Letter S", 1972)
- Cockaboody (1973)
- Voyage to Next (1974)
- People, People, People (1975)
- Everybody Rides the Carousel (1976)
- A Doonesbury Special (1977)
- W.O.W. (Women of the World) (1975)
- Second Chance: Sea (1976)
- Whither Weather (1977)
- Sesame Street ("Catch the Kitty", 1977)
- Step by Step (1978)
- Sky Dance (1980)
- The Big Bang and Other Creation Myths (1981)
- Sesame Street ("Vitamin V", 1981)
- Enter Life (1981)
- Starlore (1983)
- Hello (1984)
- Sesame Street ("Bedtime Noises", 1985)
- The Cosmic Eye (1985)
- Sesame Street ("Telephone Cat", 1986)
- Time of the Angels (1987)
- Yes We Can (1989)
- Sesame Street ("S-Snake", 1989)
- Who Am I? (1989)
- Amazonia (1990)
- Upside Down (1991)
- Tall Time Tales (1992)
- Cloudland (1993)
- Seers and Clowns (1994)
- Rainbows of Hawai'i (1995)
- My Universe Inside Out (1996)
- The Girl With Her Head Coming Off (with Emily Hubley) (1996)
- Beyond the Shadow Place (1997)
- Africa (1998)
- Witch Madness (1999)
- Our Spirited Earth (2000)
- Northern Ice, Golden Sun (2001)
- "Independent Spirits Filmography". PBS. Retrieved 2013-12-12.
- MoMA.org | Interactives | Exhibitions | 1997 | Hubley | Essay
- PBS. "Independent Spirits: The Faith and John Hubley Story". Retrieved 2006-06-28.
- Animation Magazine. "Animation Loses Another Master: Faith Hubley Passes at 77". Retrieved 2006-06-28.