I hope Roger Ebert’s review and his help can bring this movie out into the theaters so it can be seen by more people.
And I really hope the copyright system gets fixed someday. It not only restricts creativity in the arts, but also in technology and software, realms that I deal with.
I got to the name “Nina Paley” in Ebert’s write-up and instantly Googled (does that word even need to be capitalized now?) up your blog. I hadn’t seen any of your work since some collections and Dark Horse stuff a few years back, but that’s pretty much all I needed to remember to head on by and see what’s new, and now I find you’re doing animation. This gets a huge “Yay!” from me, and I can’t wait to see Sita Sings the Blues however it ends up being released.
I just got done watching Fetch, and loved the use of perspective and optical illusions that drove the gags. Sadly, the Pandorama and Fertco links looks dead.
Nice job on getting Ebert’s attention, and I really hope it leads to good places for you.
I have read about Sita Sings the Blues several times on the Cartoon Brew site, and hope that some day we will be able to see the film. If we have to wait until the songwriting rights have expired, how many more years will it take?
I have not found information about the Annette Hanshaw recordings that are featured in the film. How many songs and which ones? I would like to check if I have some of them on my old Hanshaw LP collections.
Best wishes to you and the eventual release of Sita,
A huge congrats to you – it must feel great to have a luminary like this not only notice, but like what you’re doing (and better still, write about being skeptical at first and being overcome nonetheless).
Is somebody in South Korea screening the film? One of the comments in Ebert’s blog:
“What an unexpected delight to see this movie be featured here. I was walking in one of the multitudinous urban pockets in Seoul, South Korea several weeks ago and saw a brilliantly colored but small sign outside of a university for ‘A Modern Adaptation of the Ramayana.’ I had performed in a shadow puppetry adaptation of the Ramayana’s sister story, the Mahabarata, a few years back, so out of filial loyalty I wandered into the lobby of the theater, paid the equivalent of three U.S. dollars and was shocked into a sudden fit of joy for the next hour and a half. It’s a pearl.”
Mike, it was in the Jecheon Korea Music Film Festival this Summer. I was actually attending that one!