Five Days Left to Enter 2012 ASIFA-East Animated Film Festival!

February 23rd, 2012 by dayna

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Entry Forms Now Available! Our annual animated film festival is now taking submissions. Please download this form for instructions on how to submit your entries. All films are due no later than Monday, February 27th. Judging begins Tuesday, March 6th. Jury nights: 3/06: Student Category, SVA 3rd Floor, Amphitheater 3/08: Experimental, Music Video, Educational, and Commissioned Category, SVA 3rd Floor, Amphitheater 3/13: Independent Category, SVA 3rd Floor, Amphitheater All current ASIFA-East members are eligible and […]

Steven Zelin Talks Taxes

February 20th, 2012 by dayna

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It’s not often you are treated to live music at an ASIFA-East event, and it makes it doubly special that our special guest was not only a talented song-writer but a fully certified CPA at that!  Introducing, Steven Zelin, the Singing CPA!  Steven has been speaking and singing at our annual Taxes for Artists for three years running now. Steven is a certified public accountant with a unique gift for creating compelling song parody on […]

Minds in Motion

February 20th, 2012 by dayna

Written by Christopher Siemasko. Do you remember the way it felt the first time you saw your animation moving on its own? That is the experience that the Jacob Burns Film Center is bringing into elementary schools all over Westchester.  Each semester, their Minds in Motion program divides a 4th grade class into groups of 8, each producing an animated film. Volunteers are assigned to each group to act as producer and cheerleader.  After 12 […]

ASIFA-East presents: Steven Zelin Talks Taxes!

February 13th, 2012 by dayna

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Calling all artists and entertainment professionals! Please join ASIFA-East as we present an evening with Steven Zelin, The Singing CPA!  If you’ve never seen Steven in performance, this event will be quite the treat!   Please bring all your tax questions and Steven will bring the guitar! WHEN: 2/15/12 @ 7:00pm WHERE: SVA, 209 East 23 Street, NY NY Room 502 ADMISSION: FREE! TOPICS: Deductions for freelancers Retirement planning Is it really true that the MTA […]

ASIFA-East Open Screening Series Continues! February 20th!

February 9th, 2012 by Linda

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Our newest regular event showcases and critiques works in progress and motivates us all to keep moving forward on our personal work. Bring recent works, works-in-progress, and animation tests (totaling no more than 5 minutes) on DVD and an open mind for constructive comments by your peers! Date: Monday, February 20th Time: 7:00 pm Location: Ace & Son 134 West 26th Street, #603 If possible, please RSVP for this to RSVP@aceandson.com by February 16th and […]

“Sugar” by Katie Cropper

February 8th, 2012 by Emmett

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Katie Cropper’s short film Sugar seems simple enough upon first glance, but it possibly has some more complex undertones to it. It begins with a simplified landscape, forming with sound waves. After the shapes form, we see a colony of ants roaming around the shapes, and then the scene morphs into the ants eating a large apple and other fruits. From then on, the next two scenes show life evolving without the ants, and then […]

Three more weeks! ASIFA-East Animation Festival Deadline!

February 6th, 2012 by dayna

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Entry Forms Now Available! Our annual animated film festival is now taking submissions.  Please download this form for instructions on how to submit your entries.  All films are due no later than Monday, February 27th. Judging begins Tuesday, March 6th.   Jury nights: 3/06: Student Category, SVA 3rd Floor, Amphitheater 3/08: Experimental, Music Video, Educational, and Commissioned Category, SVA 3rd Floor, Amphitheater 3/13: Independent Category, SVA 3rd Floor, Amphitheater All current ASIFA-East members are eligible and […]

Meet the Director’s of Oscar-Nominated Film “Chico & Rita”

February 3rd, 2012 by dayna

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On Feb 10, GKIDS is opening the animated feature Chico & Rita at New York City’s Angelika Theater with the directors in attendance for Q&As all throughout opening weekend.  The film – a love story about two Cuban musicians and immigrants set in the late 1940s/early 1950s – is up for the Academy Award for best animated feature at this year’s Oscars. This is a wonderful opportunity for ASIFA NY members  to check out the […]

Help Solve the Mystery of Marie Jocelyne

February 3rd, 2012 by dayna

Some of you may remember my story on the Queens International Film Festival, or the subsequent DA investigation into numerous fraud allegations against Marie Castaldo, the woman behind the festival.  Or you may remember the Arnie Diaz Shame, Shame Shame segment,  or her arrest on animal abuse charges – also documented by Arnie, and the eventual guilty plea that led to her deportation. For the past five years, Martha Shane (Producer and co-director of Bi […]

Steven Zelin Talks Taxes!

February 1st, 2012 by dayna

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Calling all artists and entertainment professionals! Please join ASIFA-East as we present an evening with Steven Zelin, The Singing CPA! WHEN: 2/15/12 @ 7:00pm WHERE: SVA, 209 East 23 Street, NY NY Room 502 ADMISSION: FREE! TOPICS: Deductions for freelancers Retirement planning Is it really true that the MTA tax law has been amended? How can I get my tax returns done for FREE? What to look for in an accountant/tax preparer Your questions WHO […]