We have a whole mess o’ festival screenings coming up in November. The ones I will actually be at, in person:
NEW YORK, Nov 8 and 9:
Saturday, Nov. 8, 11:00 am
Sunday, Nov. 9, 11:00 am
IFC Center (323 6th Ave @W 4th St., Greenwich Village)
These matinee screenings are part of the New York Children’s Film Festival. …
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Read more at QuestionCopyright.org. Or continue reading here after the fold – the author, Karl Fogel, actually wants people to read his essay – imagine that! – and therefore grants permission for all to copy it.
The Promise of a Post-Copyright World
by Karl Fogel
There is one group of people not shocked by the record industry’s …
Continue reading “copyright was designed by distributors, to subsidize distributors, not creators.”
Greg Sextro was Sita’s sound designer, and my closest collaborator on the film. He also did the sound design for Bill Plympton’s latest feature, Idiots and Angels, which just won BEST SOUND at the 2nd Annual 2morrow International Festival of Contemporary Cinema in Moscow. Yay!
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I never learned Hebrew so I don’t know what that headline means – I just cut and pasted the name of the jpeg Gilat sent me. I do know Sita Sings the Blues will screen with Hebrew subtitles at Holon Cinimateq/Animateq on November 12 for Animation Day. I won’t be there (I’ll be …
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Pipe Wrench Fight!
Hat tip to Ian.
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It doesn’t come off as humble, but my alter-ego Publicity Bitch has some exciting awards news about Sita Sings the Blues.
First, from the the 37th Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montreal:
the prestigious Z Télé Grand Prize – prestigious because it is voted upon by those who actually buy tickets to films in the festival …
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Music collector Matthew Lanoue has made available as free downloads the Annette Hanshaw songs used in Sita Sings the Blues. These recordings are only available anywhere due to the efforts of record collectors, NOT Big Media corporations. Thanks Matthew!
Update – today, October 18, is Annette Hanshaw’s birthday! How’s that for fortuitous timing? Hat …
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If you want to know more about how the American copyright system became broken, and why instead of fostering creative innovation like it used to, it now suppresses it, read Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig. Heck, read it anyway. You can buy the printed book or download it for free. It illuminates everything Sita …
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In addition to being a professional journalist, desi cultural maven, and all-around entertaining guy, Aseem was the voice of “Shadow Puppet #1″ in Sita Sings the Blues. He’ll be representing the film at some upcoming Southern California screenings*:
Monday, Oct. 13, 8:30 pm
631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles CA
Thursday, October 16, 7:00pm
with sound …
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Salil Tripathi wrote an informative, well-informed article about whether Sita Sings the Blues can avoid being banned in India. It’s in the Far-Eastern Economic Review, and to read the whole thing you have to subscribe ($120 yikes!), but if you’re already a subscriber do check it out.
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From today’s ASIFA-SF Newsletter by Karl Cohen:
After interviewing Normand Roger about sound design and using original music, I became aware of somebody who chose to use prerecorded music without first clearing the rights to use it. It can be a costly mistake if you want your work seen by the public.
I asked a …
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Sita Sings the Blues won Best Script at the Athens International Film Festival. It’s an honor I credit to Sita’s talented collaborators, especially Manish Acharya, Aseem Chhabra and Bhavana Nagulapally, who improvised all the narration.
Sita also received an Honorable Mention for “Best Animated Feature Film” at the Ottawa Animation Festival.
So the film is in …
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Sita collaborator Pooja Kumar (Surphanaka) points our attention to a good ol’-fashioned Ram Leela at Lincoln Center in New York. This is a much more traditional presentation of the story of Rama (it’s “a victory of good over evil”) in contrast to my very personal, unconventional spin in Sita Sings the Blues. Here are …
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Can you believe that lady? High ideals are all well and good, but she knew the rules. So unprofessional! She didn’t have to take that bus. If you don’t like the rules, don’t ride the bus. I’m an industry professional, and I give up my seat all the time – that’s what “professional” means. …
Continue reading Dear Apologists for Immoral and Unconstitutional Laws