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 […]

Member Discount to Rooftop Films 2012!

May 22nd, 2012 by dayna No Comments »


Our good friends at Rooftop Films have once again offered ASIFA-East a discount to each screening in their entire summer series.  If you haven’t gotten a chance to make it to one of their screenings yet, be sure to take advantage of this offer.  I’ve been to several of these screenings and they are a great way to spend a summer evening.  They are on rooftops throughout New York City, and usually feature music performance […]

Summer Bummer by Bill Plympton

May 18th, 2012 by Emmett No Comments »

Summer Bummer 3

As ASIFA-East goes on its summer hiatus, the Viewseum wraps its first full (ASIFA-East) year on the aNYmator. And here, we have both a good way to wrap up the first year, as well as a suiting lead-in to the summer. To say Bill Plympton is a key-figure in New York animation is an understatement. His presence looms large amongst not just New York animation, but the world of independent film in general. He has […]

Our ASIFA-East Open Screening Continues! May 30th!

May 17th, 2012 by Linda 3 Comments »


Need some feedback?  Inspiration?  A kick in the rear? 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: Wednesday, May 30th Time: 7:00 pm Location: Ace & Son 134 West 26th Street, #603 If possible, please […]

ASIFA-East Team on hiatus til the fall

May 15th, 2012 by dayna No Comments »

Tis that time of year again when the team here at ASIFA-East takes a break til the fall.  A huge thank you to all our board members for their hard work and dedication throughout the year, and to all our lovely members who make our organization what it is today.  The aNYmator will still post from time to time as well as our email  newsletter, but just not as frequent.  The events calendar will be […]

Video Footage of ASIFA-East’s 1980 Animation Festival

May 14th, 2012 by dayna 3 Comments »


Guest post by Michael Sporn.  This article was originally posted on the Splog. Howard Beckerman brought a DVD of his home movies of he ASIFA East Animation Festival of 1980. (Actually, I think there are two separate years on this video. People are wearing different clothes in the latter half. However, I can’t be sure.) These are the faces of the crowd who came to those wine and cheese gatherings before the awards. Now, you […]

In Memory of Buzz Potamkin…. by Candy Kugel

May 10th, 2012 by Linda 2 Comments »


Buzz Potamkin, one of animation’s most beloved producers on both coasts, passed away from pancreatic cancer on Sunday, April 22nd. Buzz, always interested in film, left Columbia University for a job as an “editor” at Stars and Stripes Forever, the hippest animation studio in New York.  While there, he quickly sized up animation production, and seeing the talent of designer/director Hal Silvermintz, left with Hal to form Perpetual Motion Pictures in 1968.  BBDO was their biggest […]

Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art Festival

May 2nd, 2012 by dayna No Comments »


Article by Tristian Goik. Once or twice, I have heard of people talking about how they ‘got a table’ at the MoCCA Festival. The Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art Festival is a gathering of artists (mostly illustrators) at the Lexington Avenue Armory. Only this year have I been fortunate and intelligent enough to go. It is a large, but manageable convention. The armory is filled with both young and more mature artists, who are […]

43rd ASIFA-East Animation Awards Special Thanks!

May 1st, 2012 by Linda No Comments »


We owe a heap of thanks to many people for helping to put this Festival, Awards Ceremony, and Reception together: Thanks again to Tracy Gromek and the New School’s Caitlin Hickey, and Anezka Sebek for having us. Our Festival Co-Chairs were Nancy Keegan Lennert and Linda Simensky. The 43rd ASIFA-East Signal Film was created by Chris Conforti and Kristen Chiappone. William Hohauser edited our Festival Reel. Our projectionist for the Awards Ceremony was Brian Kase. […]