I’m getting a lot of requests for Sita Sings the Blues DVDs, but unfortunately they’re not yet available for sale. The film’s sales rep has asked until the end of July to try to make a deal with a US distributor. I can’t release a DVD before then, because distributors all want DVD rights. Also, most festivals won’t accept films that are already available on DVD. So for now, we must wait. By the end of the Summer, Sita will either have a distributor, with an estimated release date for the DVD; or Sita won’t have a distributor, in which case I’ll publish and sell DVDs myself. Thank you for your
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Thank you Seattle International Film Festival Audiences for the nice things you’re saying about Sita. I’m really touched, and wish I could have been there.
Update: this just in (scroll to last entry). Oh my goodness!
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Another round of articles about Sita Sings the Blues:
“imaginative, giddily witty, visually delicious”
—Seattle Weekly (Editor’s Pick)
Animating a Personal Flash Epic: The Making of Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues
a long, detailed, and honest (maybe too honest) interview with Bryant Frazer for Film&Video
Gods, Princes and Demons
New Statesman article by Salil Tripathi about the British Library’s Ramayana exhibit, including a paragraph on Sita
Nina Paley’s Path to “Sita Sings the Blues”
a long article by Ed Liu for ToonZone
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An ongoing feature in which I recommend the work and websites of people who buy me lunch. Today’s entry: Joan Hilty!
Joan Hilty‘s been in comics since the bad old days when I worked in the field. Sexism, stupidity, superheroes on steroids – she’s seen it all. But unlike me, Joan’s not a quitter. Not only is she still doing her own comics, she’s also an editor at DC. Over falafel, babaganush, hummus, and homemade pita at Gazala Place, we agreed that alternative comics have improved dramatically in the past two decades, while newspaper strips have somehow slid further into decline (overall – there are always exceptions). Joan and I have run
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Seattle International Film Festival May 25 and 26 (I can’t attend, alas)
Annecy Animation Festival June 9-14 – I’ll be there
Cinema City in Novi Sad, Serbia, June 14-21 – I’ll be there too
Avignon/New York Film Festival June 25-29 – and there too I will be
Taipei Film Festival June 20-July 6 – I will probably miss this, unless someone buys me a ticket from France to Taiwan for June 30. Anyone?
British National Library July 8 – yes I will be there! Why do you think I’m subletting my apartment?
And then I will come back to NY for at least a week.
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My short film The Stork went missing recently – in fact its entire host, clusterfunction.com, was alarmingly missing from the interwebs for a while. But it’s back now (whew!), and cluster-functional as ever. Nonetheless, here’s a link for another host, Channel13. (The clusterfunction link can always be accessed by clicking the little picture of a stork head on the right-hand column of this page. Click all the different pictures and see what happens!)
Channel13, like Frederator before them and every other corporate or commercial or just plain big web site wants me, the media creator, to direct my fans to their site for their benefit, throwing in a small bone – you
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TV and Radio:
Morning Edition, WNYC
My First Time, WNBC
Premiere’s Top 10 Films of Tribeca 2008
“wittily written, brilliantly acted”
“a unique depiction of the epic”
“…both heartfelt and consistently witty, the type of low-fi animated musical that puts Disney to shame.”
“a strange and beautiful little film”
“funny and eye-popping and never bogs down.”
“One of the best films playing at the…Tribeca Film Festival this year”
—New York Magazine
“mind-blowing…The overall look of the film was fantastic; the graphics stunning and the flow between parallel threads excellent.”
“…a triumph of individual creation.”
“It’s touching, encouraging, fun, and educational. I LOVE IT!”
“The narration was hilarious, the quality of animation never faltered no matter what
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I got back from Stuttgart, still coughing (albeit less), and slept for about 2 days. Now I’m slogging through my backed-up emails and figuring out what to do next. I looks like I’ll be touring the Eastern Hemisphere most of June and July, and sub-letting my Hell’s Kitchen apartment. Interested parties please get in touch – the apartment comes with my cat Bruno, who needs daily food and love.
You’d think I’d be all overjoyed about this, but actually I’m stressed and confused. Will Sita get a distribution deal? Will it win an award? Awards drive me crazy – I always want one, “for the sake of the film,” I tell myself,
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Tribeculosis kept me home from Raw-Chester, but I’m still going to Germ–any tomorrow. Still coughing, but I’m on antibiotics now so presumably it won’t get any worse.
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Here it is: the reality show My First Time, produced and directed by Jesse Mann. It follows three first-time feature directors – including me – at the Tribeca Film Festival.
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I do! Do you?
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