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Official Oscar® Entry for Animated Short Category: Netherlands’ ‘Bullet Time’

Official Oscar® Entry for Animated Short Category: Netherlands’ ‘Bullet Time’
Short animated film Bullet Time directed by Frodo Kuipers and produced by Merlijn Passier, has been selected by an independent committee of Dutch film professionals for Oscar® submission in the Animated Short Film category.

Bullet Time had its world premiere at Anima Brussels, last February. After that, the film was selected for several leading international festivals, such as Athens Animfest (winner Special Jury prize), Haff, Internationales Trickfilm Festival Stuttgart (Germany), Northwest Animation Festival (Us), Melbourne International Animation Festival (Australia) and Anima Mundi (Brazil). In the autumn the film will be screened at, among others, Krok (Russia) and 3D Wire (Spain).

In Bullet Time two cowboys face each other in a good-old-fashioned shootout at a desolate street in a small village in the Old West. But when both of the colts fire their deadly bullets, those bullets immediately fall in love with each other, forgetting what they’re supposed to do!
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Award-Winning Animated Short ‘Negative Space’ Makes Online Debut

Award-Winning Animated Short ‘Negative Space’ Makes Online Debut
After playing in more than 80 festivals and winning 25 prizes since premiering at Annecy in June, the stop-motion animated short “Negative Space” will be available for viewing online for two weeks beginning on Monday.

Negative Space,” co-directed by Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, is an adaptation of the poem by Ron Koertge. The poem’s tale about a boy who connects with his father by learning to pack a suitcase touched each of the filmmakers in different ways.

For Kuwahata, it was especially personal. “As an airline pilot, my father traveled often when I was growing up. I don’t really remember things like trips to the zoo or theme parks, but the image of him packing a crisp, white shirt is burned in my memory,” she recalls. “I remember my dad adjusting his watch precisely before leaving the house and I remember the packing list that he pinned to the wall of his study. My most vivid
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Annecy: Brazil’s Big Festival, Anima Mundi Join Forces to Launch Big Anima Meetings (Exclusive)

Annecy: Brazil’s Big Festival, Anima Mundi Join Forces to Launch Big Anima Meetings (Exclusive)
Two of Latin America’s biggest entertainment industry events, Brazil’s Independent Games Festival and Anima Mundi, are joining forces to launch a new business venue, called Big Anima Meetings.

Aimed to generate business and strengthen Brazilian animation and game companies’ presence in the international market, Big Anima Meetings is presented Wednesday June 14 at Annecy’s Mifa market by both festivals’ directors, who will speak about their new co-operation in the business section of both events.

“Annecy is the perfect forum to make this announcement because the idea is to bring indie animation and game companies together to enhance the commercial possibilities of both markets,” said Gustavo Steinberg, Big Festival director.

“Independent animators have huge opportunities for business in games – both as service providers and as IP owners. And we mean that not only for Brazilian companies, but also for foreign companies,” he added.

Big Anima Meeting’s inaugural edition
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Incentives, Creative Energy Fuel Brazil’s Burgeoning Animation Biz

Incentives, Creative Energy Fuel Brazil’s Burgeoning Animation Biz
This June, expect an explosion of color, energy and artistry from Brazil — and not just from its World Cup soccer team.

At France’s Annecy Festival, the world’s biggest international animation event, three Brazil titles will play in the official selection: Ale Abreu’s “The Boy and the World” in competition, “Till Sbornia Do Us Part” from Otto Guerra and Ennio Torresan screens out-of-competition, as does Eduardo Calvet’s “Between Frames.”

That’s the largest presence of any country in the world: The U.S., for example, has only two movies.

Last year, Luiz Bolognesi’s “Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury,” the first Brazilian film ever to screen in competition, won Annecy’s top Golden Crystal.

“It happened with Bossa Nova and Cinema Novo,” Bolognesi says. “Foreigners had to announce that something great was happening in Brazil (before) Brazilians themselves sat up and noticed.”

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Filmmaker Kate Balsley And Princess

Kate Balsley says:

This is Princess. She was adopted from the Felines and Canines shelter in Chicago, but sadly we had to return her since my roommate was allergic. Felines and Canines is a fabulous no-kill shelter where cats are allowed to freely roam around a giant scratching-post filled room. (I am already the proud “pet parent” of two rescues from Carbondale, Illinois: Mujisa and Ursala.)

My experimental films deal with our interactions with the natural world. My narrative films are about arachnids that lurk in bathroom sinks.

Underground Film Journal says:

One of Kate Balsley‘s short films is the wonderfully kinetic Anima Mundi, which was one of the top prize winners of the 2011 Milwaukee Underground Film Festival and is easy to see why once you watch it below.

In addition to making great films, she is also currently a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Lake Forest College in Illinois.
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Interview with Godfrey Reggio and Jon Kane about Visitors.

Godfrey Reggio with Philip Glass, Jon Kane, Steven Soderbergh: "The template of the film is the moving still." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Steven Soderbergh is presenting Visitors, Godfrey Reggio's latest illuminating film collaboration with composer Philip Glass and assistant director/editor Jon Kane.

A girl wears her necklace off-center, a mouth quivers, freckles form constellations on a curious nose. When is there life in a face? Where it goes when it disappears and how fingers become ducks without eyes talking is what can move us in Visitors.

Glass, who collaborated with Reggio on five previous films - Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, Anima Mundi, Evidence, and Naqoyqatsi - described the unique way they work together. "Godfrey is very skillful in taking the technology and figuring out what to do with it…We've done six movies together and every time he says 'I want something completely different.' The music making and the
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Watch 2013 Oscar Nominated Animation Shorts

Regardless if you care about the Oscars or not, everyone watches for two main reasons: to see the stars strut their stuff on the red carpet, and to participate in a yearly Oscar pool. So every year, we try and make it a little easier for everyone who’s having trouble choosing their picks. Not too many people have had the opportunity to watch the animated short films prior to the event, but what most people don’t know, is that they often make their way online in advance of Oscar night. Below you can watch the shorts nominated this year. Let us know who you think has the best chance in winning, and good luck to all the filmmakers nominated. Enjoy


Head Over Heels – Short Film from doug mcneil on Vimeo.


Nominated for Best Animated Short at the 85th Academy Awards, this 10-minute stop motion animation premiered in 2012 at
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DVD Review: ‘The Qatsi Trilogy’ Still Has Power to Mesmerize

Chicago – Godfrey Reggio’s “Koyaanisqatsi,” “Powaqqatsi,” and “Naqoyqatsi” comprise one of the most fascinating trio of documentaries in the history of the form and whoever works at Criterion that decided to collect these landmark works into one Blu-ray and DVD box set deserves a raise. Not only is eash film lovingly restored for the release and accompanied by hours of special features but being able to fully appreciate “The Qatsi Trilogy” as one body of work is something all film fans should experience.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

“The Qatsi Trilogy” is more than a mere trio of documentaries. Each of the films feels more like a visual poem than a traditional piece of film work. Working with compositions by Philip Glass, Reggio uses time-lapse footage that often contrasts the natural world versus the man-made one. These are works of music and visual compositions that try to move the viewer to think or even act without words.
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Review: “The Qatsi Trilogy” (The Criterion Collection) On Blu-ray

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Tripping With Godfrey Reggio & Philip Glass

By Raymond Benson

When I walked out of the New York cinema in 1983 after viewing Koyaanisqatsi for the first time, I overheard someone say, “That was the trippiest movie since 2001.” I had to agree. I’d never seen anything like it, but it was a feast for the eyes and ears. I’d been mesmerized for 86 minutes, lost in a swirling and exhilarating journey through North American landscapes of deserts, canyons, skies, and big cities. Using slow motion and time lapse photography by Ron Fricke, director Godfrey Reggio presented a feature-length music video that defied categorization. Accompanied by the vibrant score by Philip Glass, the film seemed to be saying that man was screwing up nature and that we’d better watch out. Life was “out of balance,” as the Hopi Indian one-word-title of the movie meant. Koyaanisqatsi was one of the most
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Criterion Collection: The Qatsi Trilogy | Blu-ray Review

The Qatsi Trilogy is a collection of films made by Godfrey Reggio between 1983 and 2002. Each film offers an extraordinary and unforgettable cinematic experience, and their messages are, astonishingly, even more pertinent and vital today. The visual and aural wonders of The Qatsi Trilogy fall into no preset genre or easily explainable category of filmmaking. The simplest description would be a grafting of somber political treatise with I-Max style sensory joyride.

To fully understand these unique works, one must understand the filmmaker, and his singular background and sensibilities. Godfrey Reggio is not an assembly line graduate of the USC film school. In fact, he spent the 1960s as a social worker and political activist, founding several community programs for disadvantaged youth in New Mexico. He also spent 14 years in training for the priesthood, but abandoned that quest to pursue a deeper understanding of the philosophy and mysticism of the Hopi Indians.
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Qatsi Trilogy

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 11, 2012

Price: DVD $79.95, Blu-ray $79.95

Studio: Criterion

Filmmaker and artist, Godfrey Reggio is best known for his galvanizing trio of documentary-like “moviescape” films Koyaanisquatsi, Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi, which comprise The Qatsi Trilogy.

Astonishingly photographed, and featuring unforgettably hypnotic musical scores by Philip Glass (Mishima), the three films are immersive sensory experiences that meditate on the havoc humankind’s fascination with technology has wreaked on our world. From 1983’s Koyaanisqatsi (the title is a Hopi word that means “life out of balance”) to 1988’s Powaqqatsi (“life in transformation”) to 2002’s Naqoyqatsi (“life as war”), Reggio takes viewers on a journey from the ancient to the contemporary, from nature to industry and back again, all the while keeping our eyes wide with wonder.

Technology overruns the world in 2002's Naqoyqatsi.

Here’s a breakdown on the three films:

Koyaanisquatsi (1983)

A sensation when it was released in the early 1980s.
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Will Jesus Orellana’s Short Film ‘Rosa’ Make Him a Big Name in Hollywood?

Will Jesus Orellana’s Short Film ‘Rosa’ Make Him a Big Name in Hollywood?
There is a new name that, for better or worse, you're going to be hearing often over the next year: Jesús Orellana. The Spanish comic artist spent a year and a hundred bucks [1] making the all-cgi short film Rosa, which did well at festivals and is now making waves in Hollywood. There is a plan to develop Rosa as a feature, and with the internet debut of Rosa in the past twenty-four hours, Orellana is becoming the latest in a growing line of short film directors to attract agency and producer attention. Check out the short below and muse on whether this might be the new Neill Blomkamp. First, check out Rosa: Rosa [2] from Jesús Orellana [3] on Vimeo [4]. This is a pretty short, I guess. I understand the appeal of a guy who created those visuals at home, for no money, using consumer-grade equipment. If Orellana can get good jobs
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2011 Milwaukee Underground Film Festival: Award Winners

The 2011 Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, which was held back on May 6-8, gave out awards to four deserving filmmakers and also gave Honorable Mentions to six filmmakers.

The three-day experimental and avant-garde short film festival is a student-run event organized by students of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Screenings took place both on campus and at the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts.

Jurors for this year’s edition were University of Florida film professor Roger Beebe; experimental filmmaker Lori Felker; and local curator Nicholas Frank.

Congratulations to the Uwm students who put on another amazing show this year. (The full lineup is here.) And special congrats to the festival winners, all of whom received $100. Here is the full list of winners:

Top Prize Winners (each receiving $100)

Tokyo-Ebisu, dir. Tomonari Nishikawa (5 min, 16mm, 2010; Binghamton, NY)

In Between, dir. Mike Stoltz (4.5 min, 16mm, 2006; Providence, Ri)

Aliki, dir. Richard Wiebe (5 min, video,
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2011 Milwaukee Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

Every year, the student-run Milwaukee Underground Film Festival shows off a collection of world-class experimental and avant-garde films, screening work from some of today’s most acclaimed filmmakers. This year’s stellar event will take place on May 6-8 and will screen at several venues, including Uwm’s Union Theatre, the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts and Uwm/Psoa Kenilworth Square East.

Included in the lineup, which is printed in full below, are two films by prolific experimental animator Jodie Mack, Unsubscribe #1: Special Offer Inside and Unsubscribe #4: The Saddest Song in the World; Kerry Laitala‘s eye-popping ChromaDepth experiment Afterimage: A Flicker of Life (Version 2); Self Improvement by Clint Enns, one of Canada’s finest filmmakers; Zachary Epcar‘s haunting architecture study, A Time Shared Unlimited; and Steve Cossman‘s Jive.

Serving on this year’s jury are film professor at the University of Florida, Roger Beebe
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Geek Event Twitter Directory

Hey gang! Here's a Twitter Directory For Fan/Geek Events. Thanks to isaacada1 for pointing it out to me! This could really come in handy for all of us geeks out there.

This is a comprehensive list covering fan events (concerts, conventions, festivals, gatherings, trade shows, etc...) across the globe that have created a twitter feed. This is a backup/compliment to the fan directory held on the Green Wasabi website. Please use that link as the definitive guide.

The list immediately below lists all event categories followed by the total amount of events with Twitter feeds.

Animation - 43

Anime/Japanese Culture - 99

Anthro/Furry - 26

Comic - 42

Fantasy/Horror - 14

Film Festivals - 59

Gaming - 30

Lego - 9

Magic/Models/Toy - 12

Multi-Genre - 61

Music - 13

Science - 6

Science Fiction - 70

Steampunk - 8

Tech - 41

Video Game - 50

Total amount of events with a Twitter feed as of the 30th September,
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Ten MGM Films Likely To Find A Home In The Criterion Collection

Now that the 2010 line-up for the Criterion Collection has finally been announced with last week’s December titles, we can begin speculating on what we’ll get in 2011. With over 50 spine numbers in 2010, will we see # 600 in 2011? At the rate that Criterion is churning out these discs, we have to assume so. Where will they get all of these upcoming titles from?

Well, over the past few months we’ve seen several titles from MGM’s catalog announced, and hinted at in their monthly newsletter. Most likely due to MGM’s current financial problems, it’s nice to see Criterion stepping up to rescue these films from the abyss of “out of print”. If you head over to the various forums (, Mubi, etc.) you’ll find many people speculating on the MGM titles that Criterion has acquired the rights to. While some are mostly speculation, I have had
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Music Video Director Spotlight: Colin Hardy

British music video director Corin Hardy just signed on to direct a supernatural horror film titled Refuge for Sam Raimi (Evil Dead series, Drag Me To Hell). I thought now would be a good time to learn more about Hardy and explore some of his music video origins. Hardy began creating 8mm animated monster movies as a teenager, inspired by "the mysterious and strangely sinister 70s children’s storybooks," along with Ray Harryhausen’s animated monster films. He earned a degree in Special Effects at Wimbledon School Of Art and dedicated 5 years of his life to making his stop motion short epic Butterfly, which went on to win first prize at the 2004 Brussels Animated Film Festival where it was also nominated for the “Cartoon D’Or”, 3rd in Brazil’s “Anima Mundi” Festival and 1st in the audience-voted Best Long Short at the London International Animated Film Festival 2005. The short
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New Family Friendly Fantasy Adventure Movie "Delgo" Opens In Theaters December 12

If a fantasy world that includes a forgotten enemy, a forbidden romance and a fantastic adventure sounds like your kind of movie, then get ready for "Delgo." Set in a fantasy world like viewers have never seen before, "Delgo" opens in theaters everywhere December 12.

Celebrity News Service spoke with Marc Adler, the producer, director and writer of the movie, about the "new look" of the film. "We wanted to tell a timeless story about cultural acceptance and we did it in a magical world," Adler said. "It is an entirely new world with two societies, the land bound race and the aerial race."

The movie, rated PG and from Fathom Studios, won "Best Animated Feature Film" at the Anima Mundi Film Festival, a fact that Adler is proud of. "Our goal with the film is to have the audience enjoy the film in an entertainment way and take away the
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