ASIFA-Atlanta Blowin’ Smoke on Sunday

Blowin Smoke FlyerASIFA-Atlanta is having its local showcase of locally-made commercial animation Blowin’ Smoke this Sunday, June 28th, at 8pm. we have our annual showcase of locally-made commercial animation, at the Five Spot. This free screening is an opportunity to see what’s happening in the local animation industry. ASIFA-Atlanta president Brett W. Thompson writes:

We’re proud to be showing work from Turner Studios, including an unaired pilot called Avery Matthews by the guys who brought you Harvey Birdman! We are also very happy to be showing work from local studio Primal Screen! Also, for the first time, local studio Awesome Incorporated will be showing work at this event—we may have more material from other local studios but some of it is up in the air. We’ll also be showing work from local freelancer and animator Joanna Davidovich.

Iranian Elections: Marjane Satrapi and Mohsen Makhmalbaf Speak Out

In following the events that are happening in Iran, it occurred to me that Marjane Satrapi, the creator of Persopolis, would certainly not be shy about speaking out on the situation. A quick search found that she, along with filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Kandahar), a representative for opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi abroad, spoke out in front of the European Parliament on June 16th,  seen above YouTube video. A report on the presentation posted on Adnkronos International can be found here.

SAS/ASIFA-Atlanta/High Museum Free Screening of Peachtree State Animation

Avery MatthewsAs part of the 21st Annual Society for Animation Studies Conference being held July 10-12, ASIFA-Atlanta is putting on a screening of independent and commercial animation, “Georgia Animation on Our Mind: A Screening of Peachtree State Animation,” which is being hosted by the High Museum of Art at the Rich Theatre of the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, on Friday, July 10th, at 8:00 PM .

When most people think of animation and Georgia, Atlanta-based Cartoon Network is the first thing that comes to mind; though Cartoon Network is represented by Avery Matthews, a never-aired pilot made by Turner Studios [see image above], the bulk of the program is devoted to the work of local studios and filmmakers from the Atlanta and Savannah areas.

En Transit 02The final schedule is still pending but among the other films confirmed include En Transit, an installation piece made for l’Ecole Nationale Supériure d’Architecture de Paris La Villette by Georgia Tech’s Sara Hornbacher, Kenneth Knoespel and Hartmut Koenitz which “uses” footage from Walter Ruttman’s Berlin: Symphony of a Great City [see above] (and other films) to explore the space of cities; Hamid Bahrami’s hand-drawn Traveler of the Horizon, previously shown at ASIFA-Atlanta’s celebration of International Animation Day at the High Museum of Art; Takuro Masuda’s stop motion Death of a Matriarch, made with a grant from the Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts’ Xperimental Puppetry Theatre program; SCAD-Atlanta graduate Amanda Goodbread’s Curtains; SCAD professor Hal Miles’ stop motion The Madness of Being; ASIFA-Atlanta president Brett W. Thompson’s first film, Fluidtoons; and Mouse and Cat, an independent effort by Joe Peery, Turner Studios animation director and former ASIFA-Atlanta president.

Free tickets can be reserved here.