ASIFA-Atlanta is celebrating International Animation Day tomorrow at the High Museum of Art, which is a bit late (it usually takes place on or about October 28th, to commemorate the opening of Émile Reynaud’s Théâtre Optique in 1892), but it is nevertheless always welcome. The screenings promise “an inspiring line-up of stop-motion, 3D, mixed-media and claymation shorts from Atlanta and beyond. All screenings are free and open to the public.”
This year’s celebration by ASIFA-Atlanta of International Animation Day, held in conjunction with Atlanta Film Festival 365 ,will be held this Sunday at the Plaza Theatre, at 7:30 pm. As usual, the screening will feature films selected from films shared by other ASIFA chapters around the world. If that’s not enough, ASIFA-Atlanta will also present two other screenings earlier that day—animation for kids 6+ at 2:00 pm and “Blowin’ Smoke, industry animation from local studios”—plus a panel previewing the evening screening at 5:30 pm.
ASIFA-Atlanta members get in free, while a day pass is $12.00, $6.00 for general admission and $3.00 for kids under 12, students and ATLFF365 members.
This year’s poster is by Italian animation filmmaker Gianluigi Toccafondo.
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 here and here.)
The program includes world premieres of two animated films, Out of Shape and Eye Liner, previews of which are embedded below.
Priestley says Out of Shape is the result of a “two month collaboration with terrific sound designer Marc Rose.”
“Eye Liner,” she notes, “explores archetypes of the human face, patterning and cultural effigies that echo facial features.”
For more information on the screening and Priestley visit the Priestley Motion Pictures website, where you can also order DVDs and even one of her flipbooks.