Sita FAQ #126: How can I get the DVD?

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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Props to my Seattle peeps

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!

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

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Things I Call My Cat

puss
pussy
pusser
pussy cat
pooty tat
pootae
potato
potato head
mr. potato head
potato cat
mr. cat
mr. boy
boy cat
boykit
babycat
kittybones
mr. fuzz
fuzzums
fuzzcakes
fuzz-lumps
mr. love
love cat
fuzz-potato
fuzzbucket
fur buckets
fuzzbucket-o-love
furbags
purrbag
purr box
sweetness
sweetcakes
sugar-cat
lovekit
kittums
kitten
kit-hen
kit-tay
gato
gato negro
chatul
kätzchen
muffin
pumpkin
pumpkin-head
my beloved
cat-head
catnip
catnips
nips
nipper
lovenips
mr. nip
mr. bite
cat0r
snuggums
snugs
potato boy
boogums
boogs
booples
boopus
boopy cat
boopums
shed-meister
sugar
sweetcat
stinkball
stink-butt
mr. disgusting
mahaatma
Brunito
Brunalito
Bruno

puss pussy pusser pussy cat pooty tat pootae potato potato head mr. potato head potato cat mr. cat mr. boy boy cat boykit babycat kittybones mr. fuzz fuzzums

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Press for Success

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

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

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Links for Lunch

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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Upcoming Festivals, June-July 2008

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.

Seattle International Film Festival May 25 and 26 (I can’t attend, alas)

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Return of the Stork

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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Sita Sings the Blues’ Tribeca Publicity Roundup

TV and Radio:

BBC World

Morning Edition, WNYC

My First Time, WNBC

AVS TV

Magazines:

Premiere’s Top 10 Films of Tribeca 2008

“wittily written, brilliantly acted”
–Variety

“beautifully audacious”
–Premiere

“One-Woman Pixar”
–Wired

“a unique depiction of the epic”
–Zee News

“…both heartfelt and consistently witty, the type of low-fi animated musical that puts Disney to shame.”
–FilmMaker Magazine/IFP

“a strange and beautiful little film”
–Spout

“funny and eye-popping and never bogs down.”
–Nerve

“One of the best films playing at the…Tribeca Film Festival this year”
–New York Magazine

Other Blogs:

“mind-blowing…The overall look of the film was fantastic; the graphics stunning and the flow between parallel threads excellent.”
— apercevoir

“…a triumph of individual creation.”
–JTAbron

“It’s touching, encouraging, fun, and educational. I LOVE IT!”
–tiny blog

“The narration was hilarious, the quality of animation never faltered no matter what

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Whining Advisory Next 600 Words

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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Phlegm Festival

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.

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

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My First Time

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.

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

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Who hates American Airlines?

I do! Do you?

I do! Do

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