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1.17.2007

events—from Long Island City to Southampton, NY

‘YOUR CAREER IN ANIMATION’ INDUSTRY PANEL DISCUSSION 
AND BOOK SIGNING WITH AUTHOR DAVID B. LEVY



Friday, January 26, 2007

Museum of the Moving Image will present “Your Career in Animation,” a seminar featuring six animation-industry professionals, including two Academy Award nominees, sharing their secrets of success. The event on Friday, January 26, at 7:30 p.m. will include a panel discussion, screenings of the participants’ work, and a book signing by David B. Levy, author of Your Career in Animation: How to Survive and Thrive, who organized the evening. Admission is $10 adults; $7.50 college students and senior citizens; $5 children 5-18; and free for Museum members.

The panel discussion includes:
Ila Abramson, who began her career in production on Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, operates I Spy Recruiting, a company that specializes in recruiting artists for animation and design studios. Clients include companies such as Digital Domain, Blue Sky Studios, Nickelodeon, Electronic Arts, and Psyop.


Alice Cahn, vice president of programming and development for Cartoon Networks kids businesses, is responsible for discovering and cultivating a variety of new original series and specials for the network’s upcoming Tickle U, a programming block for preschoolers. Previously, Ms. Cahn was a development executive at Sesame Workshop.

Traci Paige Johnson is head designer, co-creator, and co-executive producer of Blues Clues, the popular and innovative series for preschoolers that is broadcast on Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr.

Bill Plympton, independent animator, was nominated for two Academy Awards for his short films The Face and Guard Dog. His work appears on MTV Networks. He has completed four feature length animated films, The Tune, I Married a Strange Person, Mutant Aliens, and High Hair, as well as the live action features J. Lyle and Guns on the Clackamas.

Michael Sporn, a professional animator since 1972, worked with such legendary artists as John and Faith Hubley and Richard Williams (“Raggedy Ann and Andy”) before forming his own company. His work ranges from children's book adaptations, which exactly reproduce the illustrators' styles, to wholly original creations as well as for-hire commercial jobs. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Doctor Desoto, an animated children’s short.


The discussion will be moderated by David B. Levy, an award-winning independent filmmaker and animation director for Nickelodeon's Blue’s Clues, Blue’s Room, and the Noggin Channel’s Pinky Dinky Doo. His animation has been seen on Saturday Night Live and HBO, and he is currently the supervising animation director for the Blue’s Clues spin-off show, Blues Room. He has lectured and taught at Parsons School of Design, School of Visual Arts, and New York University and is president of the New York chapter of Association International du Film d’Animation (ASIFA). His new book, Your Career in Animation: How to Survive and Thrive, surveys the field and shares the advice of more than one hundred professionals in the business of making animation.

MUSEUM INFORMATION

Hours: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fridays, 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Tuesday, school groups only by appointment.)

Film Screenings: Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays afternoons (see above for schedule). 

Museum Admission: $10.00 for adults; $7.50 for persons over 65 and for students with ID; $5.00 for children ages 5-18. Children under 5 and Museum members are admitted free. Admission to the galleries is free on Fridays, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

Location: 35 Avenue at 36 Street in Astoria.
Subway: R or V trains (R or G on weekends) to Steinway Street. N or W trains to 36 Avenue.

Program Information: Telephone: (718) 784-0077; Website: www.movingimage.us 




The Museum of the Moving Image is grateful for the generous support of numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Museum receives vital funding from the City of New York through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Additional government support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Natural Heritage Trust (administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation), and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Museum occupies a building owned by the City of New York, and wishes to acknowledge the leadership and assistance of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Kate D. Levin, Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, Speaker of the New York City Council Christine C. Quinn, and City Council Member Eric N. Gioia.


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This Thursday, January 18,
8 pm $5

The Old Stone House

Fifth Avenue (btwn 3rd & 4th St)
Writer Adarro Minton is a survivor, who has, according to his bio, lived through “the disco era in New York City, in imagined opulent splendor at Studio 54...mescaline, blotter acid, cocaine, freebase cocaine, crack, danger sex in subway bathrooms, hunger, homelessness, and three serious suicide attempts.”

On Thursday he reads from his short story collection
Gay, Black, Crippled, Fat at Brooklyn Reading Works


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January 18, Thursday at 8:30pm
Don't Tell Mama
presents
"Evan Laurence – One Night Only"
343 West 46th Street (8th and 9th Avenues)
$10 with a two drink minimum
For Information and Reservations after 4 pm
Call 212-757-0788

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Register Today for
Stages, A Children's Theatre Workshop, Inc.
East Hampton, NY
February 26-April 9 for 8-18 year olds
For more information scroll down or
call Stages at 631.329.1420

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1.15.2007

January 15, 2007 East Hampton, NY

Unusually warm waters and mackeral
may be to blame for Dolphin sightings in
waters on the East End of LI.

Rescue Attempt for Dolphins After Five Die
By Carissa Katz
The East Hampton Star

events— Brooklyn, NY

Literary Tuesday at The Perch Cafe
Jeffrey Cyphers Wright is a New Romantic known for sonnets, performance and politics. His tenth book, THE NAME POEMS, was published recently by Sisyphus. His work has been included in anthologies from Faber and Faber, Crown, Black Sparrow, Granary and Henry Holt. In addition to poetry, he also writes art criticism and poetry magazines. Recent work can be seen online at www.toolamagazine.com. He will read with Wanda Phipps, a writer living in Brooklyn, and author of 66 Morning Poems; Your Last Illusion or Break Up Sonnets and Lunch Poems, among others. Her poetry has been published over a hundred times, in numerous journals, among them : Agni; The World; Hanging Loose; Longshot etc. She has curated several readings and a performance series at the Poetry series at St. Mark’s Church as well as other venues, and has written for the arts for Time Out New York, Paper Magazine and About.com.

The Perch Cafe
365 5th Avenue Park Slope, Brooklyn
F/R Train to 4th Avenue/9th Street (btwn 5th and 6th St.)

1.14.2007

events—from Manhattan to Southampton, NY

NATIONAL SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS HONORS MUSEUM
WITH AWARD FOR JACQUES RIVETTE RETROSPECTIVE
New York, January 12, 2007--The National Society of Film Critics (NSFC), a prestigious group of more than 50 film critics from the nation’s leading newspapers and magazines, gave the Museum of the Moving Image a Film Heritage Award for its recent retrospective The Complete Jacques Rivette. The series, which took place from November 10 through December 31, 2006, included the first U.S. showing of Out 1, Rivette’s legendary 13-hour film from 1971. This was only the second time in the group’s 40-year history that it gave an award to a non-profit film organization. 

The Film Heritage Award, which was given to the Museum as part of the NSFC’s selection of outstanding film achievements of 2006, is “for presenting the first complete U.S. retrospective of French filmmaker Jacques Rivette, including the premiere American showing of the director’s legendary Out 1.” Among the 55 members of the NSFC are critics from major papers in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago, and publications including Time, Newsweek, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, The Chicago Reader, The Boston Phoenix, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and Slate. Aside from Moving Image, the only other organization to win this award was The Museum of Modern Art in 1971 for a retrospective of Japanese films organized by Donald Richie.



The Rivette retrospective was organized for the Museum by David Schwartz, Chief Curator, and Livia Bloom, Assistant Curator. The series was made possible with the cooperation of the French Embassy, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the National Film Theatre in London. The Museum of the Moving Image has helped coordinate a North American tour of Rivette films taking place from November 2006 through June 2007 in venues including the Cinematheque Ontario (Toronto), the Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley), the Harvard Film Archive (Cambridge), the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago), and the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus). Also, due to the demand for tickets to the Museum’s sold-out screening of Out 1 in December 2006, the Museum will present an encore screening on March 3 and 4, 2007. Tickets are available by phone (718.784.4520) or online at www.movingimage.us.



Museum of the Moving Image is the only institution in the United States dedicated exclusively to the study of film, television, and digital media, and to examining their impact on American culture and society. A pioneer in its field, the Museum collects, preserves, and exhibits objects of the material culture of the moving image; presents 300 screenings each year; and hosts notable series of personal appearances, lectures, and seminars. In 2006, the Museum presented major retrospectives of the director Frank Borzage and the actress Anna May Wong. Upcoming series will include retrospectives of Edie Sedgwick, William S. Hart, and Samuel Fuller. The Museum is currently presenting Critics Choice: Great Documentaries, an annual program with the New York Film Critics Circle.



MUSEUM INFORMATION
Hours: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fridays, 12:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Tuesday, school groups only by appointment.)

Film Screenings: Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 6:30 p.m.;
Saturdays and Sundays afternoons; additional as scheduled.

Museum Admission: $10.00 for adults; $7.50 for persons over 65 and for students with ID; $5.00 for children ages 5-18. Children under 5 and Museum members are admitted free. Admission to the galleries is free on Fridays, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Paid admission includes film screenings (except for special ticketed events)

Location: 35 Avenue at 36 Street in Astoria.

Subway: R or V trains (R or G on weekends) to Steinway Street. N or W trains to 36 Avenue.

Program Information: Telephone: (718) 784-0077
Website: www.movingimage.us


The Museum of the Moving Image is grateful for the generous support of numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Museum receives vital funding from the City of New York through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Additional government support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Natural Heritage Trust (administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation), and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Museum occupies a building owned by the City of New York, and wishes to acknowledge the leadership and assistance of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Kate D. Levin, Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, Speaker of the New York City Council Christine C. Quinn, and City Council Member Eric N. Gioia.

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Register Today!
Stages, A Children's Theatre Workshop, Inc.
East Hampton, NY

Click on images to enlarge or
call Stages at 631.329.1420
for more information.



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January 18, Thursday at 8:30pm
Don't Tell Mama
presents
"Evan Laurence – One Night Only"
Please don't forget to make a reservation (after 4pm)
for this
groundbreaking one man show next week!

Don't Tell Mama
343 West 46th Street (8th and 9th Avenues)

$10 with a two drink minimum
For Information and Reservations

Call 212-757-0788



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On January 10 Clare Donahue of 121 Studios who I featured on urbanseahsell—a collection in August, 2006 forwarded information on an upcoming benefit for a screening on January 24th, 2007 hosted by The Farm on Adderly. This restaurant was written up by Adam Platt’s Where to eat in 2007, in the January 8th issue of New York Magazine under “Brooklyn Ramble” . Clare an avid fan of The Farm on Adderly can ‘vouch for how great their food is!

EAT INDUSTRY is a feature-length film that documents the journey of this quirky husband and wife filmmaking team as they transition from the glamorous, fast-paced world of New York artists to the life of concerned parents compelled to uncover the truth behind the food they feed their family. 



Rod and Lilach’s idyllic vision of American farming is soon tarnished as they careen across the country in their rented RV. As they move through gorgeous scenery and rolling hills of fertile soil into polluted, over crowded feedlots, these everyday consumers see what their own demand for good quality, cheap eats is doing to American agriculture.




From tiny farms that struggle valiantly against the force of agribusiness to large cooperatives who channel their resources to do battle on a larger scale, Lilach and Rod meet the people behind the food they eat and discover the truths behind the food that we all put on our plates. 
On January 24th, The Farm on Adderley, hosts a benefit event for our film. The Farm on Adderley supports the mission of this film by sourcing many of its ingredients from local and sustainable farms.

My husband and I are local filmmakers working (for the past 4 years)
on this documentary. So come eat, toast, and support our endeavors to finish this important film - we hope to see you all there! To watch a trailer or to buy tickets, visit our website at www.transformationfilms.com

On January 24th
Enjoy Seasonal hors d'oeuvres and organic wine...
then settle in for screening of clips from the film
followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and
chef Tom Kearney.

Tickets are available online or
by stopping in at The Farm on Adderly.

$15 before January 17th, $20 after January 17th

The Farm on Adderly
1108 Cortelyou Road
Brooklyn, NY 11218

718.287.3101


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Clare Donahue of 121 Studios will be having one of her kitchens featured in the magazine Women's Day Kitchens & Baths, a special interest publication due on news stands in February.

At the end of last year Clare was one of two designers featured in an article entitled ‘Ask the Designers’ in New York Spaces magazine.