Hair Love, an Oscar-nominated animated short film from Matthew A. Cherry, tells the heartfelt story of an African American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.
Matthew A. Cherry (Executive Producer, “BlacKkKlansman”)
Everett Downing Jr. (Animator, "Up")
Bruce W. Smith (Creator, “The Proud Family,” Animator, “The Princess and the Frog”)
Karen Rupert Toliver
Monica A. Young
Matthew A. Cherry
David Steward II
Peter Ramsey (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”)
Frank Abney (Animator, “Toy Story 4”)
Issa Rae (“Insecure”) as Zuri's mother
Yara and Keri Shahidi
Dwayne Wade Jr.
Daniel D. Crawford
Lion Forge Animation
Matthew A. Cherry Entertainment
The project is a collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation that was launched as a Kickstarter campaign in 2017 with a fundraising goal of $75,000. Strong support led to the campaign amassing nearly $300,000, making it the most highly-funded short film campaign in Kickstarter history.
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The picture book “Hair Love” was released by Kokila Books/Penguin Random House on May 14, 2019, and became a New York Times Bestseller.
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Two Johnstown natives are listed in the credits for a film that is up for an Academy Award. Mike Owens of St. Paul, Minnesota, is an animator and former NFL wide receiver Andrew Hawkins is an executive producer for “Hair Love.”
Former NFL standout Andrew Hawkins celebrated plenty of wins on the football field during his six-year career. On Sunday, he celebrated in a hotel room – as a proud executive producer – when the animated short “Hair Love” captured an Academy Award.
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