Teen Animation Workshop @ BIFF

February 17, 2011

We are teaming up with our friends at Boulder Digital Arts and Mighty Fudge Studios to present an animation workshop for students ages 13-18 this Sunday. The event will be at Mighty Fudge Studios and is a part of the Boulder International Film Festival. Space will be limited, so get there early. See more info on our events page. See ya there!

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Night Hunter Recap

February 14, 2011

Sandro Del Rosario (L) and Stacey Steers at DAM

As those of you that attended last week’s DAM Contemporaries screening already know, Stacey Steers’ new animated film Night Hunter is wonderful. The film was enthusiastically received by a capacity crowd at the Denver Art Museum’s Sharp Auditorium last Friday. The evening included screenings of a selection of Stacey’s previous films, which many of our members know and love from previous ASIFA screenings. I saw many of those members in the audience anticipating the premiere of Night Hunter. The new film utilizes imagery of American silent film actress Lillian Gish, and builds upon Steers’ unique style of handmade dreamlike animation. The captivating, organic imagery carries the viewer along a continually unfolding path of stunning vision and imagination. It is not to be missed.

I have heard from several ASIFA members that were unable to make reservations in time to attend the premiere. If you missed it, rest assured that you can view Night Hunter through August 28th at the Fuse Box exhibit at the Denver Art Museum. If you get the chance, be sure to thank DAM for bringing great animation to Denver and for exhibiting the work of an awesome Colorado animator.

ASIFA-CO Board member Wes Price and I got to spend a moment chatting with Stacey and L.A. based animator (and friend of ASIFA-CO) Sandro Del Rosario at the reception, pictured above. It was great to hang out with these two again, and a great way to cap off a wonderful night for animation in Colorado! Also, a big thank you to our members that attended and showed DAM that Colorado loves animation. You guys rock!

Joey Buhrer
ASIFA-CO Board Member at Large
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Feb. First Friday Party!

January 25, 2011

We are having another First Friday animation party on Feb. 4th in Denver. Come out and enjoy some animated shorts, create your own stop-motion animation, do some networking and make new friends at Colorado’s premiere monthly animation get together! 209 Kalamath Unit 7.

See the Events page for more info. See you there!

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‘Night Hunter’ – New work from ASIFA-CO Member Stacey Steers @ DAM

January 24, 2011
Night Hunter, a new Animated Film from Stacey Steers

Stacey Steers – New Animated Film
Night Hunter
Exhibition Opening 2.11.11

6:30 pm │Totem (1999) screening
6:45 pm │Phantom Canyon (2006) screening
7:00 pm │Night Hunter world premiere screening
7:30 pm │Champagne reception and exhibition viewing on 4th Floor
(All screenings occur in Sharp Auditorium at the DAM)

DAM Contemporaries is celebrating a new exhibition featuring ASIFA-Colorado member Stacey Steers’ most recent film, Night Hunter. The film, produced over a period of four years, is comprised of 4,000 meticulously handmade collages and shot on 35mm film. Steers’ animated films have been screened at The Sundance Film Festival, New Directors/New Films Festival presented by The Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., along with other festivals and venues worldwide. Please show your support for animation in Colorado and one of ASIFA-CO’s most accomplished members.

Reservations: by February 9, 2011 to 720-913-0152 or email jbrunecky (at) denverartmuseum.org.
(This event is free with admission to DAM but requires a reservation).
Exhibition on view in Fuse Box February 11 – August 28, 2011.

Music and sound design for Night Hunter by Larry Polansky.

ASIFA-Colorado congratulates our friend Stacey Steers on her new film, and we know that a large showing of ASIFA members will be present to show their support and view what is sure to be another amazing Steers animated film!

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Walt Disney’s Right “Hand” Man in Broomfield

January 6, 2011

4 p.m., Saturday, January 15th
Cost: Free
Location: Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library
3 Community Park Road
Broomfield, CO USA 80020

Contact: Dylan Otto Krider
Email: Dokrider@q.com
Phone: 303-410-2655

David Dodd Hand was the most powerful man in Disney lot during Disney’s golden age of feature animation, second only to Walt Disney himself. The director of “Bambi” and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” eventually left and did some animation projects on his own in England. Those rare cartoons, called Animaland, were thought lost, until they turned up in someone’s garage and have been lovingly restored by Hand’s son, David Hale Hand, who will talk about his dad and show some of his father’s little-seen cartoons. Read more about this event and others coming up…

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Our First “First Friday” at the new location!

December 4, 2010

Thanks to all who joined us last night for our very first First Friday opening at the Bolt Factory, Unit 7 at 209 Kalamath.

We had a blast showing an assortment of animations while meeting animation enthusiasts from Denver, along with our Bolt Factory neighbors. We hope to see you at our next event!

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How to find us this Friday, Dec. 3rd for the First Friday Animation Party!

November 29, 2010

We are opening our doors for the first time this Friday as part of the Santa Fe Artwalk celebration. Come one, come all for refreshment, merriment and of course, ANIMATION! We are located at 209 Kalamath Street Unit 7, at the corner of 2nd and Kalamath. We will be around the back of the Bolt Factory complex in Unit 7. You will see the unusual Bolt Factory tower as you arrive and our new bright yellow ASIFA-Colorado sandwich sign will lead you to our exact unit. Special thanks to our neighbor, Photospace, for already crafting a simple map to the units.

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And the 2010 SDFF Animation Competition winners are…..

November 29, 2010

The theme of the competition this year was related to a Persian vase that was found with a seemingly animated goat dancing around the vase. The participants included teams with 3 or fewer animators and the teams were given 6 hours after the theme was presented to come up with a completed animation.

1st Place – TEAM 7 Juan Hernandez & Sean Louis Rove

2nd Place – TEAM 9  Andrea Thomas & Brittney Owens

3rd Place – TEAM 10 Joelle Haight, Wynn Greene and Andy Mason

Thanks to everyone who made this possible, especially the sponsors, competitors, volunteers and the staff of the Starz Denver Film Festival. Sharpen up those skills as we hope to see you again next year!

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Animations from the 2010 SDFF Animation Station Competition on Youtube!

November 29, 2010
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You can view the entire set of competition entries, winners and all, here. Enjoy!

All of these entries were made on-site by teams of up to 3 animators, in about 6 hours. Once again, the results were impressive.

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Participants of the 2010 Animation Station Workshops now on Youtube!

November 29, 2010

Watch the results of this year’s SDFF animation workshops on youtube here:

The workshops were held at over the first weekend of the festival and included 2 different sessions. The morning session was open to children aged 6 to 11 years and the afternoon session was open to participants aged 12 and older. The creativity from our participants is amazing!

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