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Sita Sings the Blues

Sita sings the blues

Sita sings the blues


Marking its fourth year, AFI PROJECT: 20/20 is an American Film Institute international initiative designed to enhance cultural exchange and understanding, by bringing together filmmakers and their films from the US and abroad. AFI PROJECT: 20/20 represents an unprecedented cultural diplomacy effort that is supported by the U.S.'s cultural agencies--the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS...

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Announces Award Winners

The seventh annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles announces its 2009 Award winners with Nina Paley's SITA SINGS THE BLUES as the winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature and Nandita Das's FIRAAQ receiving an Honorable Mention in the category. Rajesh Jala's CHILDREN OF THE PYRE was named the winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary. Dipti Gogna’s NARMEEN won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short with Sushrut Jain’s ANDHERI receiving an Honorable Mention. Audienc...

Tiburon International Film Festival Awards

The Tiburon International Film Festival (March 19-27, 2009) is pleased to announce the winners of its annual 'Golden Reel Award': Best Film: Guard No. 47 from Czech Republic Best Director:Filip Renč for Guard No. 47 Best Actor:Nicke Lignell for Colorado Avenue from Finland Best Actress:Lucia Siposova for Guard No. 47 Best Documentary:Final Image directed by Andres Habegger from Argentina Best Cinematography: Karel Fairaisl for Guard No. 47 from Czech Republic Humanitarian Award: Familiar Vo...

Gotham Award Winners Announced In New York

  Wednesday, December 3-------On the same day as the Film Independent Spirit Award nominations were announced (cheeky, that), the annual Gotham independent Film Awards were given out in New York City. Winning top honors were FROZEN RIVER by Courtney Hunt as Best Feature Film and TROUBLE THE WATER by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal as Best Documentary.   FROZEN RIVER'S lead actress Melissa Leo also won the Gotham Breakthrough Actor award, and along wih her Film Inde...


Denver panels finding the True Indie Spirit

Moderated by critic Karina Longworth, the Friday evening discussion panel DIY Filmmaking in an Indie Apocalypse explicitly covered what was implicitly clear throughout the day as a whole: independent filmmakers, with insight and integrity, are making the scene in every sense of the phrase. Whether they're creating animated charmers on their laptops, as Nina Paley has done with Sita Sings the Blues; leaving lucrative careers to realize their uncompromising vision behind the lens, li...

Sita (and Nina) Sing the Blues, but not for Long

Sita opened the San Francisco International Animation Film Festival this weekend, where I got to see it, and where director Nina Paley (check her blog) and Sound Designer Greg Sextro were in attendance for some q & a. IFC Film Center, New York, Sunday Nov. 9, 2008. Photo by Ken Levis. Paley introduced her movie, and having lived in the Bay Area before, she was awe-struck to be back introducing a movie she made. "It's really weird to be in this position. I've been to s...

Sita Sings the Blues

San Francisco International Animation Festival!

Today is the Final Day of the SFIAFF, and the weekend has been exciting!  After seeing Sita Sings the Blues and getting the chance to talk with Nina Paley, seeing a series of Encylclopedia Pictura's work including their Bjork music video Wanderlust and hearing from the three young men about the ideas by which they operate, and seeing Waltz with Bashir, my mind is boggled and thoughts provoked, and I can only think about the endless possibility, magic and wonder of animation.   ...

Bahamas International Film Festival line up

  Bahamas International Film Festival will run December 4-11, 2008 2008 BAHAMAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL LINE UP   FILM TITLE                                        COUNTRY                   DIRECTOR   NEW VISIONS DRAMA A DEAL IS A DEAL                                  UK                    ...

Bahamas International Film Festival Line up

Bahamas International Film Festival will run December 4-11, 2008 2008 BAHAMAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL LINE UP  FILM TITLE COUNTRY DIRECTOR  NEW VISIONS DRAMA A DEAL IS A DEAL UK Jonathan Gershfield AUGUST USA Austin Chick COLD LUNCH ...

The 3rd Annual San Francisco International Animation Festival!

One week from today is opening night... THIRD ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL NOVEMBER 13–16, This year the festival includes: Opening Night Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues, Cannes Highlight Waltz with Bashir, Bill Plympton’s Idiots and Angels, Retrospective of Gene Deitch’s Films for Children and Award-Winning Shorts from Around the World The San Francisco Film Society presents the third annual San Francisco International Animation Festival (SFIA...

San Francisco International Animation Festival preview

The San Francisco Film Society presents the third annual San Francisco International Animation Festival (SFIAF), a four-day event celebrating one of the most fertile, creative and productive forms of artistic, experimental, commercial and industrial media. The International Animation Festival ranges from the latest award-winning features to family-friendly short cartoons and celebrates San Francisco's preeminence as a hub for one of the most vital forms in cinema today. SFIAF will screen Novembe...

Curtain Fell on Athens Film Fest, Pingpongkingen wins best

14th ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL September 17 – 28, 2008All good things must come to an end and the curtain fell on the 14th Athens International Film Festival CONN-X on September 28 after a screening of Mike Lee’s ‘Happy-Go-Lucky’ and an unforgettable party with loads of music, drinking and dancing. It’s been a great ten days. Over 140 short and feature length films, at least 20 sold out screenings, more than 50,000 viewers, workshops, an animation masterclass by Bill Plympto...

Avignon Film Festival Prizewinners

2008 Prizewinners25th Avignon Film FestivalJune 25-29, 2008The 25th Avignon Film Festival concluded on Sunday, June 29th 2008. At the Closing Ceremony attended by the festival's Honorary President, Maria de Medeiros, and most of the filmmakers in competition, the 2008 international jury announced this year's prizewinners :* PRIX TOURNAGE for the Best American Feature Film :"Sita Sings The Blues" by Nina Paley (USA)* PRIX TOURNAGE for the Best European Feature Film :"Affaire de Famille" (Family V...

Berlinale 2008: Crystal Bears in the Generation14plus

The members of the Youth Jury in the Generation 14plus : Roman AkbarZadora EnsteHans HirschNora KubachZoё MartinLinda MoogLavan Vasuthevangive the following awards:The Crystal Bear for the best feature-length film goes to The Black Balloon by Elissa Down (Australia)We were very moved by the close to life story portraying the everyday life of an extraordinary family in this film. We were especially impressed by the way in which joyous and serious moments were expertly interwoven, and also by the...