Help Solve the Mystery of Marie Jocelyne

February 3rd, 2012 by dayna | No Comments »

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 | No Comments »


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 […]

2012 ASIFA-East Animated Film Festival

January 31st, 2012 by dayna | No Comments »


Entry Forms Now Available! Our annual 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.  Information on juror screening nights is forthcoming!  All current ASIFA-East members are eligible and strongly encouraged to participate in our juror screenings (because it’s fun!).  Our Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 29th.  Details […]

“Boy” by Steven Subotnick

January 19th, 2012 by Emmett | No Comments »


Warning: Well not a warning really. It is author’s opinion that viewers watch the clip before reading the description. It is not required, just a way to take in the effect of the film. Boy is an animated short film that takes a very unusual approach. Steven Subotnick  manages to take what seems like so little, and succeeds at expanding it into something more. In this case, drawing letters on a single piece of paper, […]

A Visit with Animator Dustin Grella

January 19th, 2012 by Richard | No Comments »

Animation is sometimes a messy business: Dustin Grella during production

  Interview By Richard Gorey This month, I visited with animator/filmmaker Dustin Grella, whose film Prayers for Peace won an ASIFA East award (and several others) last year. I’ve been speaking with several East coast animators, asking them how the industry has been treating them, whether or not a career in animation is still viable for independent filmmakers, and what their relationship with their work means to them. Dustin’s films are personal, sophisticated in their […]

In Memoriam: Vincent Cafarelli (1930-2011)

January 17th, 2012 by Linda | No Comments »


(Linda Beck) On December 1st, 2011, we lost animation veteran and ASIFA-East Founding Member, Vincent “Vinny” Cafarelli, who passed away peacefully in his sleep at age 81. Founding Member Vincent Cafarelli (left) with Dick Rauh (President 1969-1989) in 2009 (Photo by Linda Beck) Our long time ASIFA-East Board Member, Michael Sporn wrote the following in his December 4th SplogPost: “Vinnie” was a principal mainstay in the New York animation industry. He worked at Famous Studios […]

What happened at the ASIFA-East Auction???

January 17th, 2012 by dayna | No Comments »


Tristian Goik brings us this fantastic infographic! Enjoy!  

ASIFA-East President’s Letter – January 2012

January 16th, 2012 by Linda | No Comments »


(Linda Beck) I hope your holidays were pleasant and peaceful and that you are successfully keeping up with the new year! 2011 was a terrific year for our organization and your Board kicked off the year making plans to continue bringing you great events and posting useful information on our blog with a number of continuing and new agenda items: Our aNYmator Blog Editor, Dayna Gonzalez, offers a new series of freelancer resources with quips, […]

Money Matters: On Invoicing

January 16th, 2012 by dayna | No Comments »

I didn’t have to write my first invoice until 2005, when I was asked to do additional freelance work for promotional videos for a TV series production I was on at the time.  Of course, since I’d never written one before, I had no idea how.  My producer at the time was able to give me some tips, but most has come from practice over time.  Money’s not something often spoken about at university, but […]

ASIFA-East Presents Inside Sesame Street

January 16th, 2012 by dayna | 1 Comment »


On January 12, 2012, ASIFA-East held an informative panel discussion with representatives from Sesame Workshop.  Hosted by Justin Simonich (Production Coordinator), the panel was made up of Louis Henry Mitchell (Design Director), Margot Duffy (Producer), Marcus Pauls (Production Director of Digital Media), and Nikon Kwantu (Animation Producer).  Together, they provided valuable insights to the inner workings of Sesame Workshop. Justin started off with a brief history of Sesame Street and Sesame Workshop, giving an overview […]