Summer In The City
• The subject of a retrospective at this year's Ottawa International Animation Festival, Michael Sporn recently released two new DVDs distributed by FRF (First Run Features) containing his multi-award winning films, "Abel's Island," and "The Marzipan Pig."
• It takes me a full week, but I finally make it through that whole bag of Oreo cookies.
• Signe Baumane's latest films court controversy. (This is something I'm thinking of keeping on the list for next year. You never know.)
• Living in urban apartments since 1996, this year marks my 12th anniversary of not having to mow the front lawn.
• ASIFA-East's Ray Kosarin spends over four weeks in Japan serving on the selection committee of the 2008 Hiroshima International Animation Festival as well as attending the festival itself. He's turning Japanese . . . I really think so.
• In an example of the worst kind of ethnic profiling, a man on the steps of the Union Square subway station says to me, "Hey you look like a guy who enjoys independent film."
• Will Krause makes a five-second doodle so perfect that it opens up a vortex into another dimension, which oddly enough, turned out to lead to Providence, Rhode Island.
• A man outside Union Square's Virgin Megastore shoves his selfmade CD at me, saying, "Hey, you look Rap music. Try my CD." To which I reply, "You don't know me at all. I'm a guy who enjoys independent film."
• Justin Simonich takes on two animation classes at a CUNY school, bringing his animation expertise with him, which hopefully made it past the school metal detectors.
• While going through a box in my closet, I stumble upon a DVD of "Cats Don't Dance" I bought seven years ago--still in its original shrink wrapping.
• Mr. Warburton is a double threat with a new children's book and animation pilot in the works. If he had taken two years of modern tap, I'd be able to call him a triple threat.
• ASIFA-East plans a new way to take your money, via a membership renewal through PayPal. Coming soon to our web site!
• Overhearing my debate at a restaurant on whether or not 2D is dead, another table mistakes this to mean that Tootie from TV's "The Facts of Life" is dead.
• Buzzco's Candy Kugel and Vincent Cafarelli win an Emmy!
• I waited at the Union Square subway steps for like ten minutes, and still no sign of the man who instinctively knew I was a guy who enjoyed independent film. I briefly consider posting an Ad in the missed connections section of the paper, but then decide to look for the man who thought I liked Rap instead.
• Nina Paley rocked the festival world with her confessional feature film debut, "Sita Sings The Blues."
• I whip up a peanut butter and banana breakfast smoothie so hearty that it actually holds my appetite till lunch.
• Unionized musicians working on "The Wonder Pets!" won their demands after taking their case to the media and threatening a public press conference on the steps of Little Airplane, which would have clogged up the runway and delayed flights.
• Recent NYU Tisch School of the Art's grad Stephen "Shark Suit" Neary lands a coveted spot in Blue Sky's storyboard department.
• I land a coveted spot on my couch and hunker down to three sweet episodes of TV's Mad Men.
• Wachtenheim and Marianetti cause a stir on Cartoon Network after the channel features an entire day wrapped around their short-form series, "Big Baby."
• I cause a stir in my cup of tea after I mix in a little honey and lemon.
• Aaron Augenblick's animation studio wraps up production on the Adult Swim series "Super Jail!" (created by Christy Karacas, Stephen Warbrick and Ben Gruber.) The in-house term for finding offbeat solutions to tricky animation is to "superjail it." That's one term you won't find in Eric Goldberg's book.
• Bidding the warm season adieu, I grow my fall coat and look for the right-sized rock before hibernating.