Oscar winner Brenda Chapman returns home to Logan County
moviegoers to a special meet and greet at Lincoln Theater
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[May 06, 2013]
Friday afternoon, Lincoln
Theater 4 was the place to be. Theater owner David Lanterman
arranged a special showing of the Academy Award-winning animated
feature "Brave" and a visit by his childhood friend Brenda Chapman,
director of the movie.
Chapman arrived an hour before the screening and signed
autographs for young fans of the film. The line of autograph seekers
stretched from the theater entrance down the hall and out into the
lobby to the front door. Some of the youngsters brought their
Princess Merida dolls and copies of the "Brave" DVD for Chapman to
sign. It was apparent that the kids had seen the movie many times,
because they knew the dialogue by heart. Some even came dressed as
their favorite character from the movie.
Parents took photos of
their kids with Chapman, and there were lots of hugs for her from
adults in the line. Chapman grew up in Beason and attended Lincoln
College before moving to California to complete her education at the
California Institute of the Arts. The hugs were from her local
friends and neighbors who have followed her career, were ecstatic to
see her back in Lincoln for the weekend and very proud of her
She also received an honorary degree from Lincoln College at the
commencement ceremony Saturday.
Before the movie started on Friday, Chapman addressed the crowded
theater and thanked several hometown friends of hers who taught her
that she could accomplish anything. She specifically mentioned
Merida Drake and Eleanor Keys, who had a profound impact on her
life. Chapman mentioned that her daughter, Emma, served as the model
for Princess Merida, the heroine in "Brave."
"When she was 4, Emma acted like a teenager," her mother said.
"She was determined to make her own path in life."
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Lincoln Mayor Keith Snyder and Alderman Marty Neitzel presented
Chapman with a resolution from the city of Lincoln declaring the
weekend to be "Brenda Chapman Weekend" in Lincoln. The resolution
listed her many accomplishments in the film industry, including
working for the three most prestigious animation studios, being the
first woman to direct an animation project and winning the Oscar for
The resolution from the city of Lincoln mentioned a quote from
Chapman. In her own words, she is a "lover of life, laughs and an
She has brought this zest for life to the screen in spectacular
fashion and has provided her audiences with joy and wonder.
Brenda Chapman has also provided her hometown friends with
someone to be proud of, and their children with a role model who
says they can do anything they want; just believe in themselves.
[By CURT FOX]