Animation-Related Events in Atlanta

The Persistence of Animation: 21st Annual Society for Animation Studies Conference

Theres an unusual number of animation-related events in Atlanta this coming week starting, of course, with the Society for Animation Studies Conference, July 10-12, at the Atlanta campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design (1600 Peachtree St., NW, 4th floor of the C Building). This international gathering of scholars and filmmakers from around the world is certainly the oldest and most prestigious animation studies conference. This year’s event marks the 20th anniversary of SAS’s first conference, which was hosted by the UCLA Animation Workshop and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. The conference is open to the public and there is a registration fee. (Check here for details.)

DP03194_Bluth_wallvinyl_v2There are also two free conference related events: the SCAD Libraries are putting on Behind the Cels: Selections From SCAD’s Don Bluth Collection, July 7-31 featuring animation art from the Don Bluth Collection; of particular interest is the formal reception tomorrow evening, 6:00-8:00 PM, in Gallery 4 See, where Gary Goldman will be present.

Then there is Friday evening’s “Georgia Animation on Our Mind: A Screening of Peachtree State Animation,” 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 . The program has been put together by ASIFA-Atlanta. This is the first attempt at a retropsective of Georgia animation, including both independent and commercial work. Free tickets can be reserved at the ASIFA-Atlanta website.



After the SAS Conference ends Sunday afternoon, take a short breather and consider going across town to the concluding screening of MGFest 09 at The Creative Circus (812 Lambert Drive, Atlanta). MGFest  actually starts on Friday and is the next-to-last stop of touring event that began this year’s run in Chicago in January, with the next and final stop in Washington, DC, November 19-22.

National Puppetry Festival

National Puppetry Festival in Atlanta

If all this is not enough, consider the The Puppeteers of America’s National Puppetry Festival in Atlanta, July 14-19, on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology; this is an event “held every two years [which] brings together puppeteers and friends from all over to study, share, inspire, enlighten, entertain, and be entertained.” Though strictly speaking not an animation event, stop motion puppetry is certainly a important concern of many in attendance, expressed in part by various screenings.

Incidentally, in conjunction with Festival, Atlanta’s The Center for Puppetry Arts is bringing in from France, Nosferatu, Bob Théâtre’s original adaptation of Dracula. There are two performances, July 11th at 8:00 PM and July 12th at 5:00 PM. The Center is actually adjacent to SCAD Atlanta at 1404 Spring Street, NW at 18th Street.

Author: Harvey Deneroff

Harvey Deneroff is a Los Angeles-based independent animation and film scholar specializing in labor history. He formerly taught at the Savannah College of Art and Design and was editor of Animation Magazine, Animation World Magazine, and Graiffit (published by ASIFA-Hollywood). He is the founder and past president of the Society for Animation Studies.