Sita Sundays @ Symphony Space

Sita Sings the Blues plays the next 3 Sundays at Symphony Space in New York:

Sun, Jan 31 at 5:30 pm
Sun, Feb 7 at 5:30 pm
Sun, Feb 14 at 1 pm and 5:30 pm

I will be doing Q and A’s after all shows. Notice there are two screenings on Valentine’s Day, because what better to show on the evilest holiday ever devised than the Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told? It’s the perfect non-date movie!



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“Sita” held over a fourth week at IFC

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New schedule:

Click on the time to purchase tickets for a screening.
Wed, Jan 13 at: 12:45 PM, 2:20 PM, 6:05 PM, 7:55 PMThu, Jan 14 at: 12:45 PM, 2:20 PM, 6:05 PM, 7:55 PMFri, Jan 15 at: 1:10 PM, 5:20 PMSat, Jan 16 at: 1:10 PM, 5:20 PMSun, Jan 17 at: 1:10 PM, 5:20 PMMon, Jan 18 at: 1:10 PM, 5:20 PMTue, Jan 19 at: 1:10 PM, 5:20 PM

    Also: Coming soon to Symphony Space Sundays only, Jan 31 – Feb. 14 (2 shows on Valentine’s Day – perfect for those without valentines!)

    Sita held over 3rd week at IFC NY!

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    Wednesday Jan 6’s 7:55pm screening will be followed by a star-studded Q and A featuring Reena Shah (Sita), Todd Michaelsen (score), and Aseem Chhabra (Shadow Puppet #1), as well as myself. I will also do Q and A’s after every 7:55pm show through Sunday.

    Sita held over at IFC; now playing through January 5.

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    Woo! New showtimes – Click on the time to purchase tickets for a screening.

    I’m doing Q and A’s tonight and tomorrow after the 8:30ish shows, then Friday and Saturday after the 4:40pm shows. Then I might take a little break, who knows.

    The Little Movie That Could

    And the little Free Culture Activist that could, too:

    Sita Sings the Blues at the IFC Film Center, New York Dec. 25 2009

    Sita Sings the Blues at the IFC Film Center, New York Dec. 25 2009

    T-shirt available here. Come see the movie! It closes Dec. 31.

    FINALLY! Sita in NY Dec. 25-31

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    Sita Sings the Blues plays for one week at New York’s IFC Film Center, Dec. 25-31. This is a real theatrical run, with 7 or 8 screenings a day. I’ll be doing Q & A’s at the 8:25 pm shows most (possibly all) nights. Tickets online!

    The schedule so far (click on the time to purchase tickets):

    IFC Film Center has beautiful screens and is located at 323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street (map) in the West Village, right at the W. 4th St. Station (A, C, E, B, D, F, & V subway lines). Please tell all your NY friends and help us get butts in seats!

    Sita @IFC NY, Dec-25-31

    Finally the Sita IFC Film Center page is up. Tickets go on sale Monday Dec. 21. We begged them to do it sooner, but you’ll have to wait until Monday!SitaDropsJewelry

    Sita NYC Theatrical Run Dec. 25-31, IFC Center

    That’s all I know so far – a multiple-shows-a-day run of Sita Sings the Blues at New York’s IFC Film Center, starting Dec. 25 (aka “Chrismas) and closing Dec. 31 (aka “New Year’s Eve”). More info like exact screening times and how to buy tickets coming soon. Mark your calendars! Tell your friends! Help us promote it! I love you!

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    Sita at AFI Fest! Grauman’s Chinese Theater Nov. 3rd

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    Sita Sings the Blues is an official selection at LA’s American Film Institute festival! She’ll be screening in 35mm on a gigantic screen in the 1,100-seat Grauman’s Chinese Theater:

    10:00am on Tuesday, Nov. 3
    Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
    (big house on Hollywood Blvd., not Mann’s Chinese Six on 3rd floor H&H complex)
    6925 Hollywood Blvd., LA, CA 90028

    Parking at Hollywood & Highland complex
    Enter on Highland at East side or Orange at West side

    Thanks, AFI!

    I’m outta here

    I’ll be in Europe until October 17 (on which date I will be speaking at MoMA!) so I may be virtually non-existent online. Or not, depending on how many free wireless connections are available and how well my netbook holds up.

    Again, I’m gonna be in:

    France:
    September 25 – NancyA l’ère Libre Festival de la culture Libre
    September 26 – Pessac, near Bordeaux
    Journée des Cultures Libres
    Armenia:
    October 3-6 – YerevanReAnimania Animation Festival
    London:
    Oct. 14-16 – Power to the Pixel Conference

    Have fun while I’m away! Don’t burn the house down!

    Sita in New York this Sunday

    Sunday June 21, 2:00 pm
    Tishman Auditorium, Vanderbilt Hall, NYU
    (40 Washington Square South)

    FREE! Part of the Open Video Conference‘s “Hack Day” – no registration required! I will be there.

    Sita comes “home”

    Sita Sings the Blues is going to screen in Trivandrum, Kerala, at the 2nd International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala.

    Kairali Theatre on  20/06/09 at 6.15 pm

    I couldn’t find an official web site, but there’s a blog about the festival here.

    I was living in Trivandrum when I read my first Ramayana, and started drawing characters from it, which eventually became Sita Sings the Blues. I won’t be attending this festival, but I’m thrilled Sita will.

    Sita Now Playing in Second Life

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    I’ve heard and read about Second Life, but I don’t go there because I don’t have enough time for my First Life. But for those of you with lives there, Scott Crawford writes:

    …I now have Sita streaming on demand in the 2nd floor balcony hookah lounge of my club there, which is called Heck. If you’ve got Second Life installed, you can check it out here: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Nina/208/140/134

    The screen has sort of a big screen tv/living room feel to it (I don’t currently have the resources to reopen the full movie theater I once had set up there), but I think the setup’s got cool ambience (unless you’re rabidly anti-drug, in which case, the hookah setup probably isn’t your cup of tea, as it’s not set up for tobacco, but we are talking virtual smoking rather than real smoking here), and if people click the screen, it offers them the option to go to the Sita site as well, so hopefully it kicks some more business and attention yours and the film’s way.

    Thanks, Scott!

    Sita on 35mm RIGHT NOW in San Francisco

    Come see Sita tonight! On 35mm! She’s a having multi-day theatrical run right now in San Francisco (Red Vic Theater).

    Also on digibeta in Vancouver (VanCity Theater). Support your local cinema!

    Click here to find lots more Sita screenings.

    Help Wanted: Can Your Servers Host a Feature Film?

    On March 7, New York’s WNET Channel13 will broadcast Sita Sings the Blues. WNET hopes to make a compressed version available for streaming on their web site even earlier (they’re aiming for February 26; we’ll keep you posted).

    But we also want to release it freely for decentralized audience distribution all over the web. To that end, we’re looking for multiple servers to host 500-600GB of data for public download (this includes the film-resolution image sequences as well as HD and compressed versions). We’re in touch with the usual suspects, but if you want to offer server space to join this project, please contact Karl Fogel of QuestionCopyright.org.

    Note that we’re still in negotiations with the old music licensors, who may or may not allow us to freely share my film. PBS can broadcast and stream it regardless, due to special conditions in US copyright law. But the more”seed” sites we have lined up before the release, the better.

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    From Karl’s QuestionCopyright post:

    We’ll need some “seed” sites to host it: Internet servers with the capacity to offer about 500-600GB of data for public download. If you or your institution has that kind of bandwidth and storage, please contact us. We’ll work out a way to get the data to you.

    Why March 7th?

    That night, Sita Sings The Blues will be broadcast on New York’s public television station WNET — Channel 13 (see here for details). Public television has a special exemption written into U.S. copyright law, such that they can show the film even when it’s still in copyright jail for everyone else. However, Nina Paley has made progress on finalizing contracts with the music composition copyright holders, and we believe we’ll be able to release the entire film by then. Since the New York showing will expose the film to a large new audience, when those people go to recommend it to all their friends, we want their friends to have an easy way to get it.

    Note that free distribution really means free: you will be able to watch the film on your computer, make DVDs and distribute them, and hold public screenings (the film will circulate online in high-resolution formats appropriate for screenings). Your activities can be commercial or non-commercial, that’s up to you.

    Our thanks to all who have donated so far to enable this experiment in decentralized distribution! But we can still use help: the rights clearance process — or rather, the “restrictions clearance” process — is not cheap. So if you’ve been considering donating to support Nina’s effort, here’s that link again.