The Nina Paley Show! Sunday, November 7, 2004

Nina's animation retrospective PLUS her 1997 appearance on the Jerry Springer Show. At the Two Boots Pioneer Theater, November 7th, 2004... 7:00pm

Monday, August 22, 2005

Aw Shucks :)

Probably over ten thousand people have seen Sita Sings the Blues clips online. Happily, all those views have generated fewer than 10 angry emails and comments. This makes me think there's something to the Hindu reputation for tolerance. For the record, it's never been my intention offend people with what I'm doing. I love the Ramayana - it changed my life - and I'd never want to hurt the people who kept it alive for 3 millenia.

Nonetheless, Rajeev Prasad is critical of this film project. In order to be fair and balanced, I present his perspective on the matter.


i just read your attempt of earning bread and butter by saying any
about Ramayana especially Sita. more then that, you are trying to
yourself with Sita. you know what i know it is typical of your race, -
anything for money. All great civilizations will put honor above
else, while as yours will put money. coz if you have money you will
have the
chance to try to quench your thirst of all the materialistic things

a great person (which you are not), when finds a great character/life,
to raise to that level.
whereas a low life/unworthy try to pull the great character to his/her
and attain his/her goals.

I am sure you are like any of your people, as any girl of your culture,
might have had physical relations with more then one man, before your
husband, and after him. and if you tell that was not love - you ONLY
your ex-husband - let me give you a gem here - there is 2% sex in love
2%love in sex.

so going by your cultur's standard - you do not have great morals -
and comforts to body, are of supreme importance and you will do
anything for

question: is your ex-husband jesus christ? like jesus-christ? that way
saying 'married to god' will be justified. so you are wife of jesus????

first become equal to sooparnkha then talk about Sita.

- although cloths were invented millions of years ago - western
- especially females perhapes still do not know how to use them.....

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Sita in the News

Sorry I haven't posted much on Sita lately. I've been too busy actually working on the project to write about it. But as of Saturday, I've finished 2 new episodes ("Battle of Lanka" and "Return to Ayodhya"), re-formatted and re-animated some segments of "Trial by Fire," and edited all 6 musical segments into a mini-reel with explanatory inter-cards. Now I'm taking a little break, looking for money and doing an unrelated freelance gig to pay the rent. I'm not sure if I should post every new piece of animation online - I have to leave something to the imagination, so there'll be demand for the finished product. On the other hand, I really just want people to see the work, but I need money to stay alive long enough to finish it. Anyone have any suggestions? I was considering offering to mail a DVD of the work-in-progress to anyone who sends a donation of $50 or more. Is that too elitist?

Anyway, Sita's been in the news lately. Above, a clipping from a newspaper in Bombay (sorry, Mumbai) sent by alert reader Gaurav. Below, a swell article in India Abroad by Arun Venugopal.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Good Luck With It

If you're in or near New York right now, go see Will Franken's "Good Luck With It" at the NY Fringe Festival. I mean it. Will is a genius. I generally hate "comedy" but this... just go see it.