WATCH THE VIDEO. UL College of the Arts faculty James Tancill and Jeffrey Lush won a national ADDY for their animated film "St. James Infirmary Blues, King Britt Remix."

The pair won a Silver Addy award for 'Special Effects in Video or Film' for a collaborative animation between Tancill’s animation and video company Tanco Toons, and the Preseveration Hall Jazz Band in New Orleans.

The cartoon weaves its narrative through two characters, Ronnie Numbers and Mr. the Turk, wanted by the police. As the pair run from the police, Ronnie Numbers is also being haunted by the former Mardi Gras Queen; his dead girlfriend. The chase takes place amid visits to historic New Orleans landmarks such as Charity Hospital, Marie Laveau's tomb and the now defunct Pontchartrain Beach Amusement Park among many others.

The project was directed and designed by Tancill and produced by Ben Jaffe, creative director of New Orleans’ Preservation Hall. The animation crew included former and current UL Visual Arts students. Lush, of the local graphic design company Lush Graphics, was the graphic designer on the project.

Students include UL graduates Jo Ellen Breakfield Tancill, Donald Gremillion II, Lantian Xie, Jeffrey Cross, Adam Folse and Tyler Broussard as well as current students Johnathan Wilson, Chad Harwell, and Brittany Braud. Professor Jamie Baldridge also acted as creative and technical consultant.

The ADDY Awards is the world’s largest advertising competition, bringing in over 60,000 entries each year. It is arguably the world’s toughest advertising competition with entries of all media types coming from anywhere in the world. It is conducted by the American Advertising Federation, a not-for-profit industry association that contains 200 member advertising clubs and 15 districts.

The award ceremony took place at the National ADDY Awards show on June 12 in Orlando.


Preservation Hall Recordings is proud to present a brand-new, locally produced animated music video!

Directed by Lafayette-based visual artist James Tancill, the music video for the Preservation Hall / King Britt remix of St. James Infirmary by the Preservation Hall Hot 4 is an animated romp in the style of Max Fleischer (Betty Boop, etc.) that plays out like a storybook caper set against a backdrop of beloved New Orleans characters and institutions both old and new. Audiences familiar with the iconography of New Orleans music and culture will thrill as characters and beloved landmarks from the past and present find new life in an animated tableau.

Set to music by The Preservation Hall Jazz Band (as led by dearly departed bandleader John Brunious, Jr. and remixed by noted Philadelphia DJ and producer King Britt [Digable Planets, E-Culture] and Preservation Hall Creative Director Ben Jaffe) the video for St. James Infirmary follows the antics of Ronnie Numbers and Mr. The Turk of The New Orleans Bingo! Show through a dark and mischievous imagining of the songs classic narrative as sung by Clint Maedgen (PHJB, The New Orleans Bingo! Show). Starring animated versions of Clint Maedgen, Ben Jaffe, and King Britt; and featuring appearances by such departed icons as John Brunious Jr., Sweet Emma Barrett, and Marie Laveau in such familiar settings as Preservation Hall, Jackson Square, and the long-defunct Pontchartrain Beach amusement park, St. James Infirmary is the third music video from Preservation Hall Recordings to feature the cross-over appeal of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The New Orleans Bingo! Show.


About Director James Tancill:
A former native of New Orleans displaced by Hurricane Katrina, Visual Artist James Tancill now lives in Lafayette, Louisiana with his wife Jo Ellen. Currently an Instructor at the University of Louisiana, James has a BA and MFA from the University of New Orleans. Having spent most of his time in New Orleans projecting films for local theatres and teaching drawing and cartooning at the New Orleans Charter Middle School, it was only natural that he would eventually form his own animation company. Motivated by his passion for film, music, and classic cartoons, as well as by his deep love of all things New Orleans, James is very proud of the collaborative effort by which he and Ben Jaffe of Preservation Hall have captured the city of New Orleans in what may be the citys first locally-produced animation about the city itself.

About King Britt (in his own words):
Well, bios are funny because they tell the story of the past of who you are in the present. I try to only live in the present and the future (as I said, try). Even though beginning my career in 1990 on the now legendary house label Strictly Rhythm as E- Culture, being Silkworm in the ground- breaking, Grammy winning Digable Planets, starting Ovum Recordings with Josh Wink, producing platinum remixes for Macy Gray, Solange, Donna Lewis and hundreds of others, winning the highest grant in the country as the first dj/producer, The Pew Fellowship or starting my empire, FiveSixMedia, I still try to live in the NOW and not the then.

So of course, now, I am a father, fiancé, musicologist of sorts and media revolutionary. My label and company FiveSixMedia, set the example of an individual who is able to live outside the box and show what freedom truly is. Doing my own thing on my own time and assisting other to move into that space as well.

The future is bright because I say it is. Stop and smell the flowers.

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