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Entries from October 30th, 2008

Ending the Nightmare Before Christmas

October 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Politics

I usually avoided political statements here, but given the current state of the nation, I really need to speak up and urge my fellow Americans to vote for Barak Obama and Democratic congressional candidates. I have no illusions that Obama is the second coming of FDR, but given the nightmare that the Bush administration has […]

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Azur et Asmar Finally Gets U.S. Release

October 21st, 2008 · No Comments · Feature films, French cinema

When I reviewed Michel Ocelot’s latest film, Azur et Asmar in August, I bemoaned the fact that it did not have an American distributor. This has now changed. As Dave Jesteadt wrote me: I enjoyed reading your thoughts about Michel Ocelot’s Azur and Asmar, and wanted to let you know that the film is indeed […]

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Europa Film Treasures

October 17th, 2008 · No Comments · Europe, Films online

And still they come …. Thanks to Mark Mayerson for spotting Europa Film Treasures,  another interesting (to say the least) site for online films; part of the “Treasures from European Film Archives” project, it promises films from 28 European film archives, ranging from the UK’s British Film Institute and the Imperial War Museum to Russia’s […]

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International Animation Day in Atlanta

October 17th, 2008 · No Comments · Screenings

  October 28 is International Animation Day, the day designated by ASIFA-International to honor the opening in Paris of  Émile Reynaud’s Théâtre optique at the Musée Grévin. Once again, ASIFA-Atlanta celebrates this event with a free program of animation from around the world at the High Museum’of Art’s Hill Auditorium; the films will be selected […]

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J.J. Sedelmaier at SCAD-Atlanta

October 15th, 2008 · No Comments · Filmmakers

As part of my job teaching at the Savannah College of Art and Design, I’ve been asked to arrange for animation filmmakers to come down to the Atlanta campus for a series of talks. I’m delighted to say the first of these, on Tuesday, October 21st, is J.J. Sedelmaier, co-founder and Creative Director of J.J. […]

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The Persistence of Animation Conference Issues Call for Papers

October 14th, 2008 · No Comments · Animation conferences

The 21st annual Society for Animation Studies conference, “The Persistence of Animation,” scheduled for July 10-12, 2009, has issued its official Call for Papers and launched its official website/blog at http://blog.scad.edu/sasc/  As I previously noted, the conference is being hosted by the Atlanta campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design (I am acting […]

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Is Nothing Sacred?

October 12th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Stereoscopic films

Reg Hartt announced that he will be showing a 3D version of D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance at The Cineforum, in Toronto. His email ]proclaimed that, The Greatest Spectacle In the History Of Motion Pictures Just Got More So. See for the first time ever in 3D…  D. W. Griffith’s INTOLERANCE. Using the same technology employed by […]

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CBTV (Cartoon Brew TV)

October 4th, 2008 · No Comments · Short films

The Pumpkin of Nyefar (Tod Polon and Mark Oftedal, 2004) . Jerry Beck and Amin Amidi’s Cartoon Brew is one of my favorite animation sites, so I was delighted that they have added Cartoon Brew TV to their mix, featuring new and old films. Their first offering, Michael Langan’s award-winning  Doxology, a student film made […]

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