I’ll be returning to my old stomping grounds of Santa Cruz, CA in OctoberÂ (actuallyÂ part of a longer North American film festival tour with Seder-Masochism, which I’ll announce soon).
The Goddess Animated: Nina Paley and Zsuzsanna Budapest
Double feature of Nina Paley animation! Each screening followed by dialog with Zsuzsanna BudapestÂ and question-and-answer with audience.
1pm: Sita Sings the Blues
2009 Dir. Nina Paley
Paleyâ€™s award-winning 2009 animated musical interpretation of the Hindu epic Ramayana has earned widespread critical praise, a 100% rating on RottenTomatoes, and continued places on best-of lists. Roger Ebert wrote of it, â€œI am enchanted. I am swept away. I am smiling from one end of the film to the other.â€
2018 Dir. Nina Paley
Loosely following a traditional Passover Seder, events from the Book of Exodus are retold by Moses, Aharon, the Angel of Death, Jesus, and the directorâ€™s own father. But thereâ€™s another side to this story: that of the Goddess, humankindâ€™s original deity.Â Seder-MasochismÂ resurrects the Great Mother in a tragic struggle against the forces of Patriarchy.
Suggested donation: $20 to support the Womenâ€™s Spirituality Forum.
Tickets at the door.
AMAZONS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND!
Sunday October 14, 2018
Brookdale Terrace Club House
300 Plum St., Capitola, CA
Please carpool; parking is limited.
Seder-Masochism is currently doing its film festival rounds. There are a number of festivals lined up this Fall and Winter, most of which I can’tÂ name until they make their official announcements. I really, REALLY want to free the thing online, like, yesterday, butÂ manyÂ festivals will disqualify any film that has an “online platform.”Â Film festivals are the only theatrical screenings it’s ever likely to have, so I’m not going to publicize an online release – even a Free, peer-to-peer one – until its “regional premieres” (which some festivals insist on) are done. If it’s any consolation, this waiting drives me crazy. But I’m going to wait, so that it may see the light of theater screens.
P.S. If you haven’t seen my first feature, Sita Sings the Blues, now would be a good time to watch it! It’s Free all over the place.
This is consistent with the film’s opening credits:
and end credits:
Why? Who? WTF?
I made Sita Sings the Blues almost entirely alone. That caused an unforeseen problem when itÂ came time to send the film out into the world: I was usually the only person who could represent it at festivals. Other films have producers who aren’t also the director. Other films also have crews, staff, multiple executives, and money. As SSTB’s only executive, I couldn’t be everywhere at once. Often I couldn’t beÂ anywhere at once, due to having a life that includes occasional crises. Sometimes, if I was lucky, I could send an actor like Reena Shah, or musician like Todd Michaelesen, or narrator like Aseem Chaabra, or sound designer Greg Sextro. But most of the time it meant there was no human being representing the film when it screened at film festivals.
I’m even moreÂ hermitic now, and made Seder-Masochism inÂ splendid isolation in Central Illinois. This time IÂ worked with no actors, narrators, or musicians. I did try recording some friends discussing Passover, but that experiment didn’t make it into the film. Greg Sextro is again doing the sound design, but we’re working remotely (he’s in New York).
I like working alone. But I don’t like going to film festivals alone. And sometimes, I can’t go at all.
Such as right now: in June, Seder-Masochism isÂ having its world premiere at Annecy, but I have to stay in Illinois and get surgery. I have an orange-sized fibroid in my cervix, and finallyÂ get to have my uterus removed. (I’veÂ suffered a lifetime of debilitating periods, but was consistently instructed to just suck it up, buttercup; noÂ doctor bothered looking for fibroids over the last 30 years in spite of my pain. But now that I’m almost menopausal, out it goes at last!)
Film festivals areÂ “people” events, and having a human there helps bring attention to the film. The reason I want my film in festivals is to increase attention. The more attention, the better for the film, especially as a Free Culture project. So I want aÂ producer with it at festivals.
Fortunately, Producer XÂ has been with Seder-Masochism from the very beginning. After Sita’s festival years, I knew that credit would be built into my next film.
So who is Producer X?
WhoeverÂ I say it is.
She’ll see you in Annecy!
Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 7:30 PM EDT
IFC Center, New York, NY
You must purchase advance tickets for this event.
All singing! All dancing! All 40+ minutes of myÂ feature-film-in-progress, Seder-Masochism! This is not the finished movie, but the core musical scenes animated in Flash. While IÂ take a production break to learn new software to make the rest of the film, letâ€™s watch all these crazy scenes together in a theater. Featuring:
Unsubtle phallic imagery!
Big thanks to my friends at GKIDSÂ for making this happen.
Seder-Masochism is Nina Paley’s second feature film, currently in production. Like its predecessor Â Sita Sings the Blues, it’s an animated musical – but this time it’s based on the Passover story, the Book of Exodus.Â In spite of being an irreverent atheist, Nina is also a card-carrying Jew, entitling her to make scenes such as the now-famous This Land Is Mine:
Here are a few stills and animated gifs from the project:
Tuesday March 1, 7:30 pm
The Art Theater
126 W. Church St., Champaign IL
All singing! All dancing! All 40+ minutes of myÂ feature-film-in-progress, Seder-Masochism! This is not the finished movie, but the core musical scenes animated in Flash. While IÂ take a production break to learn new software to make the rest of the film, let’s watch all these crazy scenes together in a theater. Featuring:
Unsubtle phallic imagery!
$5 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds. FREE MATZOH!