Feb 15, Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington Long Island
Celebrate the day after Valentine's Day with a work-in-progress screening of the Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told: Sita Sings the Blues! This will be the most extensive show of the work-in-progress yet, featuring ELEVEN musical episodes (10 Hanshaw songs plus a new ditty by Rohan) and the first-ever public screening of the latest chapter, Agni Pariksha. Plus, chapter 4 - Battle of Lanka - will be on glorious, colorful, dazzling 35mm FILM! But hold onto your hats - we'll also be showing Fetch! and Pandorama on 35mm, and The Stork and some other goodies. I'll be there in person, answering questions and babbling away.
February 15, 7:30pm
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743
Taking the train: From Penn Station, 34th Street and 7th Avenue, take the LIRR, Port Jefferson Branch. Get off at Huntington. Train schedule is available at Penn Station, or call516-231-LIRR (718-217-LIRR). An off-peak round-trip ticket costs around $14.50 (one-way: $7.25 / peak one-way: $10.25). From the station, the easiest way to get to the Cinema is to take a cab (roughly $5.00).
The whole feature film won't be completed until 2008, but there's a good 40 minutes of it here.
Sanjay Patel InterviewIf you like Sita Sings the Blues, you may know I'm not alone in mashing up Hindu iconography with American-style cartooning. Sanjay Patel has an awesome new book out, and there's an excellent interview with him here.
Boy am I glad the holidays are over. I did get some work done, a new 3-minute segment in a new style to contrast with the Hanshaw/Betty-Boop-esque musical numbers. I'd post it online, but it just can't withstand web compression. There are some stills here. The music is by Todd Michaelsen and I rotoscoped off dancer Reena Shah. I will be showing a sneak preview on February 15 at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, Long Island; more about that soon.