Midsummer Night Toons

July 18th, 2012 by dayna No Comments »


This article was written by Susan Godfrey and was reposted from the animation blog,  Go Get ’em Girl. All photo credits to Jazzmine Beaulieu. This last Friday night Matt Lee hosted his fourth Midsummer Night Toons animation festival, a fantastic event he’s single-handedly produced annually since 2009. Generous to this community with his efforts and attentions, Matt Lee showcases his self-curated collection of independent animated shorts to a New York City crowd that seems to only […]

Field Trip to the Botanical Gardens

July 9th, 2012 by dayna No Comments »


Grab your colored pencils and your favorite drawing/painting materials and join ASIFA-East for a group sketch trip to the Botanical Gardens! The lilies in Monet’s Garden are supposed to be on display in July and I’m told this exhibition is beautiful. Let’s meet between 11:30 and 12pm at the Mosholu Gate entrance. We will enter at 12pm prompt as a group. If anyone wants to come later, find us somewhere inside It’s a big garden, so […]

Six Point Harnesses the Power of Crowdsourcing to Bring the Masses a Dick Figures Film

July 4th, 2012 by dayna No Comments »


Article by Susan Godfrey. Truly we’ve all seen a lot of Kickstarter campaigns.  Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and other crowdsourcing platforms have become a fixture in all the mission-accomplished stories of our age.  When I received an email from former classmate and colleague, Animator Dan Forgione, promoting 6 Point Harness’s Dick Figures Kickstarter campaign, I clicked in, excited to help out a friend. The first remarkable thing I noticed about the Dick Figures campaign was the amount […]

Rooftop Films Shows Sundance Winners

June 18th, 2012 by dayna No Comments »


Article by Jake Friedman. I love this venue.  It’s hip, it’s a great night out, and it’s culture!  I mean, what else would you call a cartoon about a disembodied butter-ghost that emerges from an eyeball one morning and eats the universe for breakfast? The winners of the Sundance Film Festival shorts category had their night in the lower east side last Friday.  The run consisted of five live-action shorts and two animated pieces: Belly […]

Rooftop Films: Sundance Film Festival Shorts

June 11th, 2012 by dayna No Comments »


This week our friends at Rooftop Films are offering a shorts program from Sundance!  There will be two animated films among these shorts.  ASIFA-East members receive a 10% discount to the entire summer long Rooftop Film Festival.  Look for the discount code in our email newsletter that goes out to all members. Friday, June 15 Sundance Film Festival Shorts On June 16, Sundance Institute returns to BAM to host the ShortsLab NYC, an all-day educational workshop. […]

Figure Drawing at The Productive

June 6th, 2012 by dayna No Comments »

Great news from The Productive!!!  Figure Drawing classes will be offered at the studio every other Thursday, beginning June 14th at 7pm.  These classes are brought to you by Dan Pinto and Susan Godfrey.  Members of The Productive and ASIFA-East will receive free admission.  Non-members $10.  Dan will have a membership list at the door.  If you need to update your membership, you can do so online here, and then just bring your online Paypal […]


June 6th, 2012 by dayna No Comments »


Our friends at Project Twenty1 send us two bit of news today!  One: Project Twenty1 is currently in the middle of call-for-entries for the Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival, and is also recruiting teams for the annual 21-Day Filmmaking Competition. If you want to join, register on www.ProjectTwenty1.org or if you need help, contact Susie Filmmaker. Two: Project Twenty1, a nonprofit arts organization, is working with the Norristown community and municipality to revitalize the city through film […]

Dark Toons

June 4th, 2012 by dayna No Comments »


Article written by Tristian Goik. Seward Park High School is, at some level, your basic New York public school.  We had to trump up five flights of stairs to reach the said rooftop of the “Rooftop Films Dark Toons” screening, which was held in Brooklyn at the end of May.  The dull strong red of the stairway railings felt the same under my hand; even thought I was taller, I could tell these people still don’t scrape […]

The Art of Stop MotionL SMNY Exhibit 2012

June 3rd, 2012 by dayna No Comments »


Just a reminder that The Art of Stop Motion Exhibit is coming up this weekend June 9th – June – 13th.  The purpose of this exhibit is to showcase work created by stop motion artists and animators working in New York City. We’d like to present a range of works involved in all steps of the process of making stop motion films–from initial planning phases, i/e/ storyboards, mock-ups, armatures, to the puppets, sets and films involved in […]

Health Insurance and Health Care Resources for the Under-Insured or Uninsured Artist

May 29th, 2012 by dayna No Comments »

Update: A second edition to our guide was written after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. To put it simply, finding decent and affordable health care as an artist can be an uphill battle.   Jobs that provide it to you are scarce, and even when they do, it can be short-lived (due to the freelance nature of our industry) or not fully or comprehensively funded.   The following is a list of health […]