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ASIFA-Atlanta’s Roll Yer Own 2014

July 2nd, 2014 · No Comments · American cinema, Animation Festivals, Independent animators, Student films

The 12th Annual Roll Yer Own, ASIFA-Atlanta’s showcase of local, independent short films will be screened Monday, July 14th at 8:00 pm at the Plaza Theater, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306. Admission is $5.00 at the door and  $3.00 for ASIFA-Atlanta Members and students with ID. For more details, including a […]

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Michael Sporn: An Interview

January 21st, 2014 · No Comments · American cinema, Animators, Directors, Independent animators

As a number of my readers know by now, Michael Sporn, a long-time fixture of New York animation passed away on January 19th. I recall him describing himself (I believe it was at a Walter Lantz Animation conference in Los Angeles) as something like an independent animator working in a commercial environment. That spirit of […]

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An Evening with Joanna Priestley

January 15th, 2012 · No Comments · Filmmakers, Independent animators, Screenings, Short films

For those in the Portland, Oregon area, the Northwest Film Center is hosting “An Evening with Joanna Priestley” on Saturday, January 28th. The event is part of the Center’s Northwest Tracking series celebrating its 40th anniversary.  Priestley is one of my favorite filmmakers who I’ve written about before. (See my article I wrote for Skwigly […]

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Atlanta/L.A. Screenings: Bizarro Sat Morning & Christine Panushka/Alberto Araiza

October 19th, 2009 · No Comments · Independent animators, Screenings

This Tuesday, October 20th, at 7:30 pm,  in conjunction with ASIFA-Atlanta, C. Martin Croker returns to the Plaza Theatre, in Atlanta with the second of his Bizarro Sat Morn! shows this season, featuring a program of cartoons on 16mm, which has been described as "An oddball mash-up of nostalgia and bits of o’ weird-o coolness," […]

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Georgia Animation on My Mind Q&A

September 25th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Filmmakers, Independent animators, Screenings

On Friday night, July 10th, ASIFA-Atlanta put on a screening of locally-made animated films at the Woodruff Art Center’s Rich Auditorium. The event, which was made possible by the High Museum of Art, was put on as part of the 21st Annual Society for Animation Studies Conference being held that weekend at the Atlanta campus […]

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The Animation of Alexeïeff DVD

August 26th, 2009 · No Comments · DVDs, Independent animators

A new DVD release of interest from Facets The Animation of Alexeïeff  featuring  the pinscreen films of Alexeïeff and his wife Claire Parker, including such famed shorts as Night on Bare Mountain (1933) and The Nose (1963), along with commercials and documentaries, including The Pinscreen (Norman McLaren, 1973), as well as Jacques Droulin’s Mindscape, a […]

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Nina Paley Onstage at Ebertfest

May 12th, 2009 · No Comments · Filmmakers, Independent animators

Film historian Kristin Thompson, in reporting on the screening of Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues at this year’s Eberfest (Roger Ebert’s Film Festival hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Media), includes a transcript of a discussion with Paley and animation scholar (and old buddy) Richard Leskosky  (seen above). In it […]

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Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues on the Big Screen in Atlanta and Online

March 7th, 2009 · No Comments · Feature films, Independent animators, Screenings

Nina Paley‘s Sita Sings the Blues, the highly-acclaimed animated feature whose distribution has been hampered by copyright problems, will have a special screening sponsored by ASIFA-Atlanta at the Plaza Theatre (1049 Ponce De Leon Ave. Atlanta 30306. 404 873-1939), Wednesday, March 11th, at 7:30 p.m. Prices are $8 for ASIFA-Atlanta members and $10 for non-members […]

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"Cartoons Without Computers? Silly Animators!"

December 1st, 2008 · No Comments · Filmmakers, Independent animators

This is the title of an interesting story in yesterday’s New York Times about independent, adult-oriented animation, which notes that, Serious animation is not unknown in the United States, although the market situation might be comparable to that of California wine, pre-1976. “Waltz With Bashir,” the coming Sony Pictures Classics animated release about the Israeli […]

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The Madness of Being

June 13th, 2008 · No Comments · Independent animators, Short films

The Madness of Being, a striking short film  Hal Miles made last year, recently finished doing the festival circuit. Its about a character (a stop motion armature) trapped in a situation right out of Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit; Miles describes the story as being about a “character … confined in an extremely small and isolated […]

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Joanna Priestley

May 3rd, 2008 · No Comments · Filmmakers, Independent animators

The following was originally written in December 2004 for Skwigly Animation Magazine, a British online journal that subsequently went out of business; though parts of the magazine’s site can still be seen on the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, this article cannot It was written on the occasion of the release of Priestly first DVDs: Relative […]

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Streetcar Named Perspire

December 20th, 2007 · No Comments · Independent animators

Independent animator Joanna Priestley just sent me her most recent film, Streetcar Named Perspire, a whimsical “instructional” film about the roller-coaster ride that is menopause. Ever since her autobiographical Voices (1984), her CalArts thesis film which became her signature piece, every 10 years or so Priestley has attempted to keep viewers up-to-date on what’s going […]

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