Volume 1,† Number 1
∑ ASIFA-East Festival Screening
Last night, Jan. 23, at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, ASIFA-Colorado presented the ASIFA-East 2003 Festival Video.† Turnout was amazing, with over 85 attendees.† Critiques of the screening can be found in Non-Sequiturs below.
The evening started off with the board introducing themselves and describing their positions.† By the video started and with a small break the video completed by .
∑ Board Excerpts
It was difficult to get so much business accomplished in so little time.† The board held a brief meeting before the event and hereís what happened.
The board spent some time reviewing the web design which includes a flash animation that will be swapped monthly to keep viewers coming back for more.†
After that there was the matter of event costs.† Quite a few options were discussed, the board agreed to discuss it more.
Event planning happened next. Kevin presented several speakers he was pursuing and he will move ahead with trying to nail down dates with these speakers.† Kevin also presented his plans for an annual festival, a committee was formed.
February 26th at
come see Edson Williams -
Will we finally get Evert to speak?
Kevin presented his initial thoughts on an
Annual Animation Festival for
∑ Other festivals to be displayed.
∑ The Critic
The screening opened with statement films of the 9/11
incident.† These animations were
intended to show the feelings of the artist shortly after the horrific
incident occurred.† The animations were
deep and solemn.† But there was a broad
range that depicted the many aspects of 9/11.†
Snap showed the oppression
some may have been feeling, while This
is You on War Media showed the impression of the coverage.† Towards
Ground Zero presented an eerie stop-motion of how people feel as they
head to the disastrous site.† Some,
such as Voices of Spring with its
accelerated images and Change and My Thoughts on
Student films came next.†
seemed to provoke further images of 9/11 even though the storyline was about
Commercials were next on the video.† Captain Linger gave everyone a much needed good laugh with its King of the Hill type animation.† Merry Little Christmas and Christmas Song presented music videos of well known Christmas songs in a cheerful, homey manner.
Sponsored films provided flash animations like Dad, Iím Not Gay!, a light-hearted short about a girl and fatherís obsession with causes.† Utica Zoo, about a bear and his friends going overboard while trying to get some free food, gave everyone a laugh.† Probably the funniest short of the evening, The Narrator that Ruined Christmas, was an SNL stop-motion that parodied Rankin and Bassís classic Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.† Burl Ives is turning over right now!
Independent films ranged the gamut as well with a unique title sequence called Robot Stories and In Transit, providing the feeling of subway motion.† The Dignified Devil and Shirley Temple and Drunky: In Through the Out Door were both well animated visions involving alcohol and casual sex.† Bill Plympton offered Parking a typical Plymptoon about man vs. nature.
Lastly, Best in Show, was The Mousochist a funny cartoon about a mouse and the cheese that makes him.† All in all the animations were entertaining and there wasnít any squirming that usually accompanies a long uninteresting short.† The Award Winning† Films picked out by ASIFA-East well picked and deserved to be on the video.