J.B. Kaufman is an author and film historian who has published and lectured extensively on Disney animation, American silent film history and related topics. He is co-author, with David Gerstein, of the forthcoming XL Mickey Mouse from Taschen. His previous books include The Fairest One of All, South of the Border with Disney and Pinocchio: The Making of the Disney Epic, as well as two collaborations with Russell Merritt: Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies: A Companion to the Classic Cartoon Series and the award-winning Walt in Wonderland: The Silent Films of Walt Disney. In addition, Kaufman has presented earlier programs at the TCM Classic Film Festival, and at other festivals including the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, the distinguished annual silent film festival in Pordenone, Italy, where he contributed to “The Griffith Project” and other retrospectives. He also holds forth online at www.jbkaufman.com.