September 17, 2008

It's been a crazy year, but I have been looking forward to the Ottawa International Animation Festival, well.. since the last one ended. This is always the case.

Emru will miss his first festival since 1988, but Brenden Fletcher, Rene Walling and I will be taking in the fest, and we'll try to bring some of it back to you, too.

As usual, there lineup is exceptional. I don't know how I am going to make to all of the special screenings and retrospectives. Just a few of my must-see list items include the Michael Sporn and Jonas Odell retrospectives, Brainwashed! Cartoons That Tell Us What To Think, and The New Wave of Japanese Animation.

Richard Williams' presentation (in interview with John Canemaker) would be in my list, but it's sold already out, which is altogether unsurprising considering the circumstances. If there are any seats left 15 minutes before the event, rush tickets will be sold, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I will have to satisfy myself with a special screening of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? instead. I'm also looking forward to the Yo Gabba Gabba! presentation on Saturday.

I haven't even gotten into the masterclasses, workshops and panels. Honestly, it's like trying to bail out the ocean with a bucket. I'm going to enjoy trying!

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November 4, 2007
Got plans this coming weekend? If you're in New York, make sure to swing by the Museum of Modern Art, which is going to be showcasing the work of Michael Sporn from Friday to Monday. Friday and Saturday will feature fourteen of his shorts from 1984 to the present (they'll all have second screenings on Saturday and Sunday); Monday night features a discussion between Sporn, fellow New York independent animator John Canemaker, and MoMA assistant curator Joshua Siegel, plus a screening of Sporn's commercial work and a preview of his current feature. Each program is about 90 minutes.

Friday, November 9, 6:30; Repeated Saturday, November 10, 1:30
Program 1: New York Stories

Mona Mon Amour (2001)
Champagne (1996)
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (2005)
Lyle, Lyle Crocodile (1987)
The Little Match Girl (1991)

Saturday, November 10, 3:30; Repeated Sunday, November 11, 2:45
Program 2: Fables

Doctor DeSoto (1984)
Abel's Island (1988)
The Red Shoes (1990)
The Hunting of the Snark (1989)

Saturday, November 10, 5:30; Repeated Sunday, November 11, 4:45
Program 3: A Peaceable Kingdom

Goodnight Moon (1999)
The Marzipan Pig (1990)
The Amazing Bone (1985)
Ira Sleeps Over (1992)
The Story of the Dancing Frog (1989)

Monday, November 12, 7:00
An Evening with Michael Sporn

Previously reviewed on fps: The Films of Michael Sporn, Vols. 1 & 2

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