Savannah International Animation Festival

Joan Gratz's Puffer Gir

The Savannah International Animation Festival (SIAF) is making its debut February 5-6, 2010 at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street, Savannah GA 31401. The event will consist of “7 blocks of animation shorts, consisting of over 60 juried films from 15 different countries [including Joan Gratz’s latest excursion into clay painting, Puffer Gir (see above), as well as] 8 workshops and panels.” The workshops and panels include “Collecting the History of Animation and Film Piece by Piece,” “Reconciling Motion Capture & Animation” and “Getting My Work Out There/Working in the Business.”

The event is the brainchild of my SCAD colleague Hal Miles and is being put on by his Hal Miles Imagimation Studios and is certainly worth a visit. For more details, check out the festival’s website here.

Atlanta’s Plaza Theatre 70th Anniversary Celebration

Gullivers Travels

The Plaza which opened in 1939 is finally celebrating its 70th birthday in style with screenings of classic films from 1939, including 35mm prints of the Fleischers’ Gulliver’s Travels and Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, plus Gone With The Wind, The Wizard of Oz and Planet Outlaws (the 1953 feature version of the 1939 Buck Rogers serial). The event kicks off on Friday evening, January 15th, at 7:00 p.m., with a gala party featuring Turner Classic Movie host Robert Osbourne followed by a screening of the Capra film at 8:45; the next two feature screenings of Gulliver and Mr.Smith; other screenings and events will be held the following two weekends. Check here for further details and to buy advance tickets.