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Moon and the Son, The

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John Canemaker’s Academy Award® and Emmy Award-winning animated documentary explores the terrain of father/son relationships, as seen through Canemaker's own turbulent relationship with his father.

Featuring the voices of noted actors Eli Wallach and John Tuturro, THE MOON AND THE SON: AN IMAGINED CONVERSATION combines memory, fact, conjecture, home movies, photos and original animation to tell the true story of an Italian immigrant’s troubled life and the consequences of his actions on his family.

The film resonates with audiences on many levels, addressing sensitive topics such as parent/child conflicts, family violence, difficulties facing immigrants, morality and personal responsibility. The film is a magnificent example of creating art out of personal struggle.

Above all, Canemaker's brilliance, humor and artistry are on full display in his greatest animated work. 

John Canemaker, head of New York University’s Animation Department, gives a master’s class on the art of animation in the wonderful bonus features.  In the first, Canemaker and producer Peggy Stern present a making-of film that details the creative evolution of THE MOON AND THE SON. This DVD also includes the very first rough cut of the film with the working title “Confessions of my Father” that shows how much the film changed over the course of the production. Finally, there is a photo gallery of production sketches, preliminary artwork and storyboards.

In an article in the New York TImes, animation historian Charles Solomon wrote that THE MOON AND THE SON “reminds audiences of animation’s power to present deeply felt emotions.” The reviewer went on to quote Bob Kurtz, an ex-governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which presents the Oscars. “‘John's film is very brave. Its honesty is very, very powerful, and he's one of the few artists trying to do something we haven't seen before.’”

This DVD is also available for Institutional Purchase, which includes public performance rights and a 3-year streaming license. Please click on the “Format” button and select “DVD Institutional Rate.”



See John Canemaker's beautiful "John Lennon's Sketchbooks" now up online courtesy of Yoko Ono!



 An Explanation of Home, Classroom, and Public Performance Rights

Individuals and non-profit institutions purchasing at the DVD, DVD-R, or Blu-ray rate — or streaming at published rental and sales prices — are authorized to use the film only for private home screening and legitimate classroom showing (a regularly scheduled class with an instructor present), per the United States Copyright Law. You can learn more about the distinction between classroom and public performance screenings here.


US and Canadian nonprofit educational institutions that wish to show a film publicly outside of a scheduled class need to purchase DVDs, DVD-Rs, and Blu-rays at the institutional rate — which grants 3-year in-house streaming rights and an on-site public performance license. This in-house streaming license is for a term of three years from the date of purchase and grants the purchasing institution the right to stream over a single secure server with a password-protected connection. Streaming access must be strictly limited to currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff. Streaming rights extensions can be negotiated with Milestone after the initial three-year term has lapsed. Milestone retains the right to terminate this agreement at any time. No broadcast, Internet or other rights are granted or implied. These rights are for on-site use only per the license agreement. 

Similarly, US and Canadian nonprofit educational institutions that wish to show a film publicly outside of a scheduled class via Milestone’s streaming site must contact Milestone to arrange a separate public performance license. For more information, please email 

US and Canadian nonprofit educational institutions that wish to screen a DVD, DVD-R, or Blu-ray they already own in an open showing must purchase a public performance license. For more information, please email 

The purchase of DVDs, DVD-Rs, and Blu-rays at the institutional rate by anyone outside of a North American non-profit educational institution does not grant rights for public performance or streaming.

Any continuous or loop screenings as part of a museum exhibition must also be licensed separately. Inquiries must be negotiated directly with Milestone by emailing

Information for Exhibitors Screening DCPs and Film Prints

All bookings must be made by phone or email correspondence with Amy Heller (201.767.3117 or to negotiate terms and insure a screening copy is available. An order is only finalized when Milestone sends a written confirmation.

DCPs are shipped insured for their cost via Federal Express or UPS and must be returned the same way or by an equivalent method. Shipping and handling charges for outgoing DCPs appear on your invoice. The immediate return or transshipment (as directed) of all DCPs is your responsibility.

DCPs should be returned to:

Milestone Film & Video
38 George Street
Harrington Park, New Jersey 07640-0128
United States 

35mm and 16mm prints are shipped insured for their cost via Federal Express or UPS and must be returned the same way or by an equivalent method. Please do not ship prints back via US Mail. Exhibitor pays to ship both ways. Shipping and handling charges for outgoing prints appear on your invoice. The immediate return of all prints is your responsibility.

Prints should be returned insured for $1,000 to:

Iron Mountain
Attn: Milestone Account
235 Main Street
Little Falls, NJ 07424

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Milestone is the exclusive licensor for all the titles in this catalog, all of which are available here in their complete versions.


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