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Events 2006

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Also see our Events Archives:
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        Events 2007

All past Newsletters may be seen in our Archive.


TV Funding For Independent Filmmakers

December 9, 2006 - 12pm
Produced by Independent Television Service (ITVS)
Presented by Rod Minott, ITVS Program Manager
Northwest Film Forum, 1515 - 12th Ave., Seattle, Washington
Classroom location is not wheelie accessed
FREE

A presentation about the new funding and support opportunities through the Independent Television Service. Rod Minott explains the nuts and bolts of ITVS funding initiatives, and what it takes to get your independent project funded by ITVS for broadcast on public television. A question and answer period follows, and Rod will hear pitches on program ideas.

ITVS is the single largest funder of independent work — documentaries, narratives, and animated works — for broadcast television.


ASIFA-Portland Meeting

November 10, 2006 - 6pm
McMenamins Tavern, 1716 N.W. 23rd, Portland, Oregon
FREE

Agenda

  • Brainstorm
    How shall we represented ASIFA-Portland at the Platform Festival next year. Portland will be stuffed to the riverbanks with international animators!
  • Board Positions
    Right now, two of the four of us are out of the country. So we can use your help!
    Web page wrangler, newsletter, events organizer, treasurer, etc.
  • Exposure
    Chris Albrecht, the acquisitions manager for Atom Films will be present to discuss how you can get your films on Atom Films (founded 1998). It reaches more than five million people a month, and pays filmmakers royalties.
  • Socialize
    We had such a blast hanging out last time, lets do it again!
Information: Brian Larson, ASIFA-Portland President, brino@kerplunkanimation.com


2D or Not 2D Animated Film Festival

November 17-19, 2006
Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett, Washington
Wheelie accessible
$10-70 with discounts to students, seniors, military, and children under 12
Also, discounts of 10% on group of 10+

The theme of this inaugural event is “The Picture ’Till Now,” showcasing many of the finest, often rarely screened, classically animated masterworks.

Keynote speakers

  • Roy E. Disney
    Presenting a retrospective of award-winning and break-through Disney short films, from “Steamboat Willie” to “Lorenzo”
  • Tom Wilson
    Presenting the Emmy award-winning “Ziggy’s Gift”
  • Nancy Beieman
    Author of the forthcoming book “Prepare to Board”
  • Tony White
    Presenting “Endangered Species” and signing his book, “Animation from Pencils to Pixels: Classical Techinques for Digital Animators”
There is also a competition for contemporary animation in various categories and prizes awarded.

Presented by the Animaticus Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, teaching and evolving the art of traditional animation.

Ken Rowe, festival director
2D or Not 2D Animation Festival, P.O. Box 12324, Everett, WA 98201
425-330-1603; ken@animaticus.com


Class: DIY filmmaking with Direct Animation

November 18, 10am-4pm
Jon Behrens, instructor
Northwest Film Forum, 1515 - 12th Ave., Seattle, Washington
Classroom location is not wheelie accessed
$55 members / 65 general

Direct animation is the art of creating moving images by drawing on, ironing on, and scratching film strips directly. Using clear leader you can build layers of images using various mediums to create abstract images on the film, or with found footage you can manipulate the existing images and introduce your own textures and images. Materials provided.

Information/registration: Dave 206-329-2629


Gumby Dharma

October 21-22, 2006 - 5pm
Northwest Film Forum 1515 - 12th Ave., Seattle, WA
Wheelie accessible
$5 NWFF members / $6 seniors / $8 general - 800-838-3006

Pioneering animator Art Clokey is featured in this 2005 documentary by Robina Marchesi, which runs 72 min. Interviews with Art as well as other figures in animation. Clips of Art’s groundbreaking work, including his art film “Mandala” and early Gumby and Davey and Goliath episodes. A comprehensive biographical portrait that includes accounts of painful personal tragedies, and a spiritual quest which helped Art shape Gumby’s indestructible character. the film contains stop motion work from Timothy Hittle.


Gumby 50th Anniversary Celebration

October 20-26, 2006
Friday 8pm - Personal appearence by Joe Clokey, Al Eggleston, Bill Webb
Saturday 3, 7, 9, 11pm - Sunday 3, 7, 9pm - Monday-Thursday 7, 9pm
Northwest Film Forum 1515 - 12th Ave., Seattle, WA
Wheelie accessible
$5 NWFF members / $6 seniors / $8 general - 800-838-3006

For 50 years, Gumby has been the small green clay conduit to the skill and creative spirit of pioneering animator Art Clokey. This 91 minute film of Clokey’s work features a walk through the decades with the animated characters Gumby, Pokey, the Blockheads, Groobee, as well as Davey and Goliath. Other early, rarely seen works by Clokey include “Gumbasia,” television commercials from the 50s, and the 1977 art film “Mandala.”

Opening night features a post-film Q&A session with Joe Clokey, who carries on his father’s work by introducing Gumby to a new generation, Al Eggleston, Gumby’s original art director of the 50s, and Bill Webb, Art Clokey’s collaborator and best friend since childhood.


Lunacy

October 13-19, 2006 - 7, 9:30pm
Northwest Film Forum 1515 - 12th Ave., Seattle, WA
Wheelie accessible
$5 NWFF members / $6 seniors / $8 general - 800-838-3006

Legendary Czech surrealist Jan Svankmajer loosely adapts the writings of the Marquis de Sade and Edgar Allan Poe to create a black comedy about social perceptions of freedom and mental illness, while lashing out at institutional manipulation, and accepted standards of good or evil. Jan occasionally addresses these issues with stop-motion animated pig brains, cow eyes, and slabs of rotting meat. Made in 2005, runs 118 minutes, in Czech with English subtitles.


Halloweird


“Onion Ainoi” by Luke Meeken and Andrew Negrey
October 11, 2006 - 7 and 9pm
Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., Seattle, Washington
$5
Produced by Independent Exposure

Program:

  1. Aegri Somnia (A Sick Man’s Dream) by Brooke Beane - U.S., 2004
    An experimental piece, created with Maya software, explores the concept that observation is kinetic.
  2. Clock Paint Eyeball by Chris Ohlson - U.S., 2006
    A non-narrative film exploring rapid-fire editing and a mathematical approach to image juxtaposition.
  3. Frigidaire by Virgilio Villoresi and Vivì Ponti - Italy, 2006
    A stop-motion animation video about the birth, transformation, death and resurrection of a girl made via picture-cuttings.
  4. Orange, Red, Erupts by Theofano Pitsillidou - Cyprus, 2005
    A hand-painted film that captures the rising and setting of the sun, along with the experience of rising and falling emotions.
  5. Onion Ainoi by Luke Meeken and Andrew Negrey - U.S., 2005
    The animated story of a little man with an onion for a head, who travels through a dreamlike world of glowing mystery.
  6. Whispering Pines #5 by Shana Moulton - The Netherlands, 2005
    A new age self-help video.
  7. Discord: Metal and Meat by Stephan Larson - U.S., 2006
    An abstracted story about conflict between the forces of man, meat, and nature.
  8. Nature’s Blueprints by Mike Seely - U.S., 2004
    A documentary about architect Eugene Tsui, who plumbs the depths of nature’s wisdom for inspiration.
  9. Worms and Feathers by Candice Lin - U.S., 2004
    An operatic tragedy between worms and feathers, full of romance and narcissism.
  10. Kosmos by Thorsten Fleisch - Germany, 2004
    Seeking to understand the age-old mystical qualities of crystals by literally growing crystals on the surface of the film.
  11. Pretty Kitty by Gregory McDonald - U.S., 2005
    What can you do if your cat doesn’t listen to you?
  12. Facechasers by Gabriel Judet-Weinshel - U.S., 2005
    A man and a woman are chased through a bleak desert by faceless creatures and animated attack dogs. In the pursuit, one of them loses his life and the other conceives an ingenious way to escape.


Animation Show of Shows


“A Gentlemen’s Dual”
by Francisco Ruiz and Sean McNally
October 29, 2006 - noon
Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave., Portland, Oregon
FREE

Ron Diamond handpicks from the cream of the international animation festivals. After the showing, all adults are invited to the Blue Moon, 21st and Glisan to discuss the films and chat with Ron.


Animation Shorts


“Elegant Disposition (An Introduction)” by Will Forrester
September 13, 2006 - 7 and 9pm
Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., Seattle, Washington
$5
Produced by Independent Exposure

Program:

  1. 75% PAL Bars Horse by Tina Willgren - Sweden 2005
    Animated color bars and the sound of horses. An ode to a logical collapse.
  2. Dentist by Signe Baumane - U.S., 2005
    An enthusiastic dentist, a reluctant patient and a strange picture on the wall.
  3. Elegant Disposition (An Introduction) by Will Forrester - U.S., 2006
    A transformation of mundane imagery into a lyrical fluidity which tries to exist in the same realm as music.
  4. Tick-Tack by Boris Despodov - Bulgaria 2004
    One never knows where love will burst in from. Nor does one know about infidelity either, for that matter.
  5. Walk for Walk by Amy Lockhart - Canada 2005
    A parade of kooky little creatures who walk themselves straight into trouble, but always find a way out. Created using over 1000 hand painted paper cut outs and puppets.
  6. Look for Me by Laura Heit - U.K. 2005
    Told using handmade patterns and digital animation, the short follows an invisible woman for a day as she learns what it’s really like to wander around unseen.
  7. Dew Line by Joanna Priestley - U.S. 2005
    Abstract choreography, based in botanical forms.
  8. The Instructional Guide to Dating by Siobhan Bowers - Australia 2005
    There are many hazards to avoid in the airport of love. How do you choose a co-pilot to take on your journey? What is the best way to eject from a date that’s in a tailspin? How do you avoid excess emotional baggage?
  9. Beginning, Middle and End by Daniel Greaves - U.K. 2004
    An unconventional and atmospheric film in three parts illustrating the cycle of life.
  10. The Fold by Kimberly Collmer - U.S. 2004
    Shot underwater in the Adriatic and in a giant wooden water bucket, The Fold explores water as a reflective surface.
  11. Space Travel by Steven Lall - U.K. 2005
    A story about a spaceman on a spiritual journey.
  12. Rocco Never Dies by Federico Solmi - U.S. 2005
    A drawing animation based on the XXX movie of Italian porn superstar Rocco Siffredi.


Electronic Theater 2006

September 21, 2006 - 6pm (registration and pizza; show at 6:30pm)
Cascade Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building, Portland Community College
705 N. Killingsworth St. Portland, Oregon
$5 / FREE for Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH chapter members
($25 / $18 students annual local membership can be purchased at door)
    For a free parking pass, please RSVP to cascadesiggraph@gmail.com
    Volunteers are needed, to help, please call Demetra Gilmore Arnett: 503-367-1522
Presented by Cascade SIGGRAPH

A SIGGRAPH meeting, plus a show of the 2006 Electronic Theater, a highly-acclaimed showcase of amazing computer graphics and special effects shorts from around the world that offers insight on future trends in films, commercials and scientific visualization. This collection of 37 shorts was selected from more than 600 submissions and juried at the recent International SIGGRAPH conference:

  • 458nm - Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
  • A Great Big Robot from Outer Space Ate My Homework - Vancouver Film School, Canada
  • Brush - Boumermouth University, United Kingdom
  • Bubble Girl - PSYOP, Inc., USA)
  • The Building - Gobelins L’Ecole de L’Image, France
  • Carlitopolis - ENSAD, France
  • Cityside - Framestore CFC, United Kingdom
  • Discord: metal and meat - North Michigan University, USA
  • Doll Face - USA
  • Everyone’s Hero - IDT Entertainment, USA
  • Flow - Scanline Production, Germany
  • Big Ad - Animal Logic, Australia
  • Growth by Aggregation 2 (the Utah variation) ­ USA
  • noitulovE - Framestore CFC, United Kingdom
  • ILM 2006 - Industrial Light & Magic, USA
  • The Inner Life of the Cell (excerpt) - XVIVO LLC, USA
  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Puppets: 12 Interstitials - Gagné International, Inc. LLC, Viacom Inc., USA
  • Into Pieces - Brazil
  • King Kong - Weta Digital Ltd., New Zealand
  • King Kong: In a New York Minute - Weta Digital Ltd., New Zealand
  • Monster Farm 5 Circus Caravan - Digital Media Lab. Inc., Japan
  • Monster House: There Goes the Neighborhood - Sony Pictures Imageworks, USA
  • Monster Samurai - Sprite Animation Studios, USA
  • My Date from Hell - Institute of Animation, Filmakademie Baden-WÜrttemberg, Germany
  • Noggin - Brigham Young University, USA
  • One Man Band - Pixar Animation Studios, USA
  • One Rat Short (Best of Show) - Charlex, Inc., USA
  • Open Season, Separating the Trees From the Forest - Sony Picture Imageworks, USA
  • Racing Beats - Institute of Animation, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • Go Wild - Framestore CFC, United Kingdom
  • Giving ­ Red Rover Studios, Canada
  • War of the Appliances - Animal Logic, Australia
  • Meteor - Method, USA
  • Tread Softly - Camegie Mellon University, USA
  • Mayfly - Passion Pictures, United Kingdom
  • Warhammer: Mark of Chaos Intro Cinematic ­ Digic Pictures, Hungary
  • Wojna - Institute of Animation, Filmakademie Baden-WÜrttemberg, Germany
The Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter exists to serve the needs of the Oregon and Southwest Washington computer graphics industry and students. Through meetings, workshops, conferences, and other activities, the Chapter promotes an increased knowledge of, and greater interest in, the educational, artistic, and scientific aspects and applications of modern technology to graphics.

Membership registration: Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH
International ACM SIGGRAPH


An Evening with Rick Raxlen - Experimental Animation

August 2, 2006 - 7pm
August 4, 5, 2006 - 7 and 9pm
Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland, Oregon
$7 / $6 PAM members, students, seniors

Canadian animator Rick Raxlen uses found footage from the studios of the Warner Brothers, Fleischer Brothers, as well as other cartoons, and of Lon Chaney as the Wolf Man. With his own jangly scribbles and sketches overlaid, the pieces tend to take animation to an extreme, and make one wonder if Raxlen may want to try decaf.

The non-narrative work approaches abstraction as the appropriated images are leached of all context and meaning, becoming part of the artist’s vision of what seems an anxious and chaotic universe.

Rick says his work is a “beacon of avant-garde filmmaking in the tiny English-like village of Victoria, B.C.,” He is a frequent Northwest Film and Video Festival honoree. Raxlen has worked at the National Film Board of Canada, taught at Concordia University, and his many award-winning works have been screened at festivals around the world and are in the archival collections of the Cinémathèque Québécoise in Montreal and Pacific Cinémathèque in Vancouver, BC.

Program:

We Mammals Pushy (2006)
Kanga vs. Werewolf (2005)
Academy Stripper (2005)
Chinese Series Stan Brakhage (2004)
Brand New Triathlon (2003)
Seahorses and Flying Fish (2003)
Rude Roll (2001)
Deadpan (2000)
The Little Forest (2001)
The Geometry of Beware (1998)
The Divine Right (1985)
Autobiographical Juvenilia (1983)
21-87 A. Lipsett (1984)

Animator Bill Plympton - Live Appearance

August 4-18?, 2006 - 8pm
Mission Theater and Pub, 1624 N.W. Glisan St., Portland, Oregon
$5

Bill introduces:

“Guard Dog” (Oscar-nominated short)
“Guide Dog” (preview of the new unreleased sequel)
“Hair High” (feature)
Bill will be joined by some cast members, plus a six-foot chicken mascot and official “Hair High” cheerleaders. There will be a contest and prizes throughout the evening. Anyone who arrives in zombie costume and/or makeup will receive an official Plymptoons door prize. Doors open at 7:15pm.

Following the August 4 screening, “Hair High” runs for two weeks. It is loosely based on Bill’s experiences as an Oregon City High School Student during the late 50s, but with the added absurdist element of zombie skeletons crashing a senior prom. Voice talents include: Martha Plimpton, Sarah Silverman, Keith Carradine, David Carradine, Dermot Mulroney, and Matt Groening.

More information:
hairhigh.com
plymptoons.com


Animation Shorts

August 9, 2006 - 7, 9pm
Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., Seattle WA
$5
Produced by Independent Exposure

Program:

  1. My Girl by Brandon Kosters, U.S., Animation, 2006, 2:00
    The film is an animated interpretation of a modern rearrangement of a Motown classic. The film was executed entirely with black marker and colored pencil, on sheets of lined notebook paper.
  2. The Instructional Guide to Dating, by Siobhan Bowers, Australia, Animation, 2005, 7:00
    There are many hazards to avoid in the airport of love. How do you choose a co-pilot to take on your journey? What is the best way to eject from a date that's in a tailspin? How do you avoid excess emotional baggage?
  3. Apple by Gregg Biermann, U.S., Experimental, 2005, 3:00
    “Apple” is a healthy and appetizing episode in a series of digitally animated pieces inspired by the direct-animation film tradition.
  4. Butterfly Man, by Samantha Rebillet, Australia, 2004, 6:00
    The evolutionary tale of Don Herbison-Evans, a man who studies butterflies then experiences a human metamorphosis on the dance floor.
  5. Balloons by Anne Larsen, U.S., Animation, 2006, 0:30
    A Polaroid animation about stages of life categorized by colors.
  6. Jack and Jill went up a Hill to Fetch a Pail of Water by Andreas Gedin, Sweden, Narrative, 2003, Digital Video, 13:35
    Three people meet up to play some games together.
  7. Hide & Seek by Charlie Canfield, U.S., Animation, 2005, 2:00
    Baby Wolf and Mama Wolf get separated in The Great Big Woods to the music of Chopin’s “Minute Waltz”.
  8. Afloat by Erin Hudson, U.S., Documentary, 2005, 16mm, 5:15
    From the intimate vantage point of a senior community swimming pool, water and time suspend both body and memory.
  9. Five Infomercials for Dentists by Signe Baumane, U.S., Animation, 2005, 3:30
    Five bizarre infomercials introduce dentists to the substantial products of their trade: Latex gloves, anesthesia, dental tools, crowns and chocolate.
  10. Release by Dennis Miller, U.S., Animation, 2004, 3:08
    Will the meek inherit the earth? Will the planet devolve from its own weight? Release offers one scenario, complete with a soundtrack.
  11. Off The Beaten Track by Leo Bridle, U.K., Animation, 2004, 2:06
    A teenage boy is cycling through a park, when he takes a wrong turn into the woods and enters a vibrant, animated world.
  12. Pirates and Emperors -or- Size Does Matter by Eric Henry, U.S., Animation, 2004, 4:05
    While critics decry the current brand of U.S. military and economic imperialism as dangerously unprecedented, great powers have been throwing their weight around like schoolyard bullies since St. Augustine’s time.
  13. The Fold by Kimberly Collmer, U.S., Animation, 2004, DV, 4:11
    An exploration of water as a reflective surface. Shot underwater in the Adriatic, and in a giant wooden water bucket.
  14. The Boy In The Air by Lyn Elliot, U.S., Experimental, 2005, 2:00
    An enigmatic advertisement inspires a letter. The corporation writes back.
  15. Dunkelheit by Steffen Frech, U.S., Animation, 2005, 2:13
    What happens when you turn the light switch to “OFF.” Sure that darkness ascends, but is that because of the extinct light in your room, or did you accidentally switch off the sun?


ASIFA-Portland Launch Party

August 16, 2006 - 7pm
Lucky Lab, 915 SE hawthorne, Portland, Oregon
$3 / members FREE / minors welcome until 9pm

Right now, you are probably asking yourself:

  • Been a while since you talked to other animators?
  • Interested in the latest goings on with ASIFA portland?
  • Are you itching to show your latest project, and need feedback from people who know what they’re talking about?
We have the answers for you:
  • Socialize — get to know each other again — meet all the new members.
  • Hear news of the split from Seattle, new board members, elections, and upcoming events.
  • Members will show their latest, or in-progress, projects.
If you want to bring a DVD, let us know and we will screen it.

Plus, Marilyn Zornado will present information about the Platform Animation Festival coming to Portland next year. We are planning on ASIFA-Portland being a huge part of it.

More information:
Brian Larson brino@kerplunkanimation.com


Building the Best Art or Code Portfolio

August 17, 2006 - 6:30-8:30pm
Microsoft Building 34, Quinalt Room, NE 39th st and 159th Ave. NE, Redmond, Washington

Discussion and portfolio review, with participants from DigiPen, Monolith Productions, and Microsoft Casual Games. Focus on creating the artistic or technical portfolio that can help you get the game job you want. Discussion on portfolio guidelines, the ideal portfolios, and common mistakes to avoid, as well as reviewing portfolios.

If you would like your portfolio reviewed, please bring your portfolio on a laptop computer, USB drive, or CD. Please use common image and video formats, and bring any installers for any required software with you.

Event is one of the monthly meetings from Seattle Sputnik a chapter of The International Game Developers Association.