Copenhagen so far

A quick update from abroad: This NATFILM festival is sweeeet. Copenhagen is possibly the most beautiful city I’ve ever visited – sorry other cities, but the medieval architecture here wins my heart. I just saw Guy Maddin’s fantastic new film “My Winnipeg,” which I missed in Berlin. Guy Maddin is one of the few filmmakers I can honestly call inspiring. Unfortunately he couldn’t attend NATFILM in person. But I did get to meet John Sayles and his partner Maggie and a bunch of really nice Danish film people at a superb homecooked dinner in a palatial (literally, in a palace) apartment here. Sweet, I tells ya.

“Sita” screens at 3pm

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Three more festivals

The rest are listed, in glorious Laurel-Leaf-O-Vision, here (scroll to bottom of page).

The rest are listed, in glorious Laurel-Leaf-O-Vision, here (scroll to bottom of page).

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Tootin’ the NYT Book Review

Today’s New York Times Book Review contains an article on Sarah Boxer’s Ultimate Blogs, with this to say about the blog you’re reading now:

“I also liked being taken off the beaten path and into a blogger’s area of obsessive, esoteric interest. In the case of the cartoonist-blogger Nina Paley, it’s the Sanskrit epic poem the “Ramayana,” which cast its spell on her as her marriage fell apart in Trivandrum, India, to which she’d moved in the first place because her husband had taken a job there. (Her blog posts and drawings document her attempt to create an animated feature based on the “Ramayana” but told from the point of

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Wimmyns Side of Sex

This Saturday, fellow indie animatrix Signe Baumane is presenting a program called Women’s Side of Sex, including a clip from Sita. She and I and one other filmmaker will be present to answer questions and further embarrass ourselves.

Saturday March 22, at 8pm at Millennium Film Workshop, 66 East 4th street information: 212 673 0090 www.millenniumfilm.org cinema@millenniumfilm.org $8 admission

Seven seasoned in animation, sex and relationships women are going to share their sex/love stories with you :

Nina Paley www.ninapaley.com Debra Solomon www.debrasolomon.com Brook Keesling www.boobiegirl.com Ruth Lingford www.lumeneclipse.com/gallery/05/lingford/index.html Joanna Qiunn http://berylproductions.co.uk Lisa Yu http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0950529 Signe Baumane www.signebaumane.com

Here’s my friend Will Franken presenting a similar program (NOT SAFE

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Sita’s Tribeca Screening Times

Friday, April 25, 8:15 pm, AMC Village VII Sunday, April 27, 3:45 pm, AMC 19th Street East Monday, April 28, 10:45 pm, AMC Village VII Thursday, May 1, 1:45 pm, Village East Cinemas Friday, May 2, 3:00 pm, AMC 19th Street East

AMC Village VII (AV7) 66 Third Avenue (at 11th Street) New York, NY 10003

AMC 19th Street East (A19) 890 Broadway (at 19th Street) New York, NY 10003

Village East Cinemas (VEC) 181 Second Avenue (at 12th Street) New York, NY 10003

I’ll be at the first 3 screenings for Q & A’s, but alas I must miss the last two (other Sita collaborators will be there

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Tribeca

Sita is in. Screening dates and times to come.

Sita is in. Screening dates and times to come.

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Intern Wanted

Do you like filling in forms? Do you like putting things in envelopes? Do you like going to the post office? How about running errands? All for no money!

If this sounds like your dream job, I need someone to come to my unglamorous Manhattan studio once a week and do all of the above. You can probably get college credit for it. And learn something? Apply here.

above: just some of the mess you could help clean up!

Do you like filling in forms? Do you like putting things in envelopes? Do you like going to the post office? How about running errands? All for no money! If…

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Indian Jew in New York?

I want to attend an Indian seder this year, but I don’t know any Indian Jews here (although totally secular, I am an Ashkenazi Jew). I also like Indian food. And I have sufficient chutzpah to ask, in public, to be invited to an Indian seder. I’ll bring grape juice!

I want to attend an Indian seder this year, but I don’t know any Indian Jews here (although totally secular, I am an Ashkenazi Jew). I also like Indian food….

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Links for Lunch

Remember when I wrote about Stephen Wells? Well I finally had lunch with him last week. Vegan, of course – Stephen is the Executive Director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Over the delicious fried offerings of Red Bamboo we agreed that the only way animal abuse is going to get curbed is by passing and enforcing laws against it. Which the ALDF is doing. I’m not vegan* myself, but even carnivores could (and do) support this work. Stephen and I also commiserated about this sort of thing – a man after my own heart.

*I’m generally classified as vegetarian, but I occasionally eat sea creatures. In case you

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Links for Lunch – Berlin Roundup

An ongoing feature in which I recommend the work and websites of people who buy me lunch. Today’s entry: people I’ve neglected to post about who bought me lunch in Berlin!

Pierre-Jean Duffour and Stéphanie Gerlier (above) of MASALADOSA attempted to buy me lunch but were intercepted by Sita patron/Temple Construction Engineer Tom Swain (with wife Elke, below). However the next day they managed to pay for my food at the Teddy Awards party. I can’t praise the music of MASALADOSA enough. They found me online, sent me their music, and now it’s in Sita Sings the Blues. Hopefully I’ll see them again soon in France – fingers crossed

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Tre hysterisk morsomme indonesiske skyggedukker!

I don’t know Danish but I know what I like.

Vi bøjer Bollywoodbegrebet med ‘Sita Sings the Blues’, men det gør vi gerne, for Nina Paleys debutanimation i spillefilmslængde, der vandt en special mention på filmfestivalen i Berlin i februar, er i sandhed en film ud over det sædvanlige….(more)

I don’t know Danish but I know what I like. Vi bøjer Bollywoodbegrebet med ‘Sita Sings the Blues’, men det gør vi gerne, for Nina Paleys debutanimation i spillefilmslængde, der…

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Dear Film Industry

Please stop making so many films about breeding.

Love,

—Nina

Please stop making so many films about breeding. Love, —Nina

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Marrowing News

from plexpixel:

As you may have heard, Emru Townsend, Editor of Frames Per Second Magazine is suffering from leukemia and is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant. None of his relatives are a match, so he is relying on outside donors. We are asking you to help us encourage members of the animation community to join a bone marrow registry – you or someone you know may be the match Emru is hoping for! Because tissue types are inherited, patients are more likely to match someone from their own race or ethnicity. As an Afro-Caribbean, Emru Townsend will be most likely to match other donors of African or

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