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UMOVE Online Videodance Festival


UMOVE Online Videodance Festival
October 1-31, 2009     On the web and live at select locations

Pentacle’s Movement Media announces the First Annual UMove Online Videodance Festival from October 1-31, 2009 on the web and at select screening locations across the US and around the world in 2009-10. Submission deadline is August 15, 2009.

UMove celebrates the creativity and diversity of kinetic cinema in all its forms, from dance/film to gaming, from animation to mash-ups – created for sharing on the web, on mobile devices and on ipods.

To date, the web format for dance and kinetic-based film has been under-recognized and under-valued by dance film presenters and curators.  It’s time to give these videos a platform to receive both feedback and critical praise. UMove seeks work that is strong in concept and execution, rather than sporting fancy production values or large budgets. Film-makers are free to use a variety of high and low tech media to create their work.


If your submission is chosen you will be required to submit digital stills and a finished copy of your video on DVD (NTSC only) for screening and publicity purposes by September 15, 2009. All submissions regardless of selection will be made available for public viewing on our blog, Move the Frame.

Please visit our blog, for general rules and submission details: http://movetheframe.wordpress.com/umove-festival/

Email all information to movementmedia@pentacle.org


·    Animation/Gaming- including digital animation, machinima, Second life, and Virtual Reality games.
·    Cell phone – videos made using a cell phone.
·    Gone in 60 seconds – videos under one minute long
·    Low/No Budget – videos made for under $1,000
·    Surprise me! – unique uses of dance and new media or digital technology


The First Annual UMove Online Videodance Festival will take place October 1-31, 2009. The festival will feature short dance and movement-based videos that were made specifically for the web and other new media formats including cell phones, gaming, virtual reality worlds, and mash-ups. In addition to online programming on YouTube and Movement Media’s blog, Move the Frame, the festival will include a launch party and live screenings in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, UK, and other locations to be announced.

UMove was started by three dance film-makers: Kriota Willberg, Marta Renzi, and Anna Brady Nuse (Pentacle’s Director of Movement Media) who are passionate about promoting dance film through any means possible. We seek to find the most innovative and engaging dance videos on the web and to highlight rising talent in the field.

October 1st will mark the launch of the festival online and there will be a live screening and party in New York after which the festival will tour to select locations around the country and the world in 2009-10.

Carousel Tomorrow (Special Typhon Edition!)

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Your favorite comics anthology TYPHON collides with your favorite comics performance series CAROUSEL for a unique, once-in-a-lifetime multimedia comics extravaganza at MoCCA on Thursday, June 18th!

You’ll laugh! You’ll scream! It’s not for the squeamish!

Please join the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, (aka MoCCA) for an evening of dazzling cartoon slide shows featuring work from the critically-acclaimed comics anthology TYPHON Volume One.  This exclusive event is brought to you by TYPHON editor Danny Hellman and Carousel host R. Sikoryak.

A select group of TYPHON contributors will be on hand to read their strips, including:

Gregory Benton
Rupert Bottenberg
Victor “Bald Eagles” Cayro
Nick Gazin
Hawk Krall
Hans Rickheit
plus Hellman and Sikoryak.

Come meet the artists whose cutting-edge artwork brings the pages of TYPHON to life!

MoCCA Thursday, June 18, 2009. 7 pm
Admission: $5 (Free for MoCCA Members)
Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
594 Broadway, suite 401
New York, NY 10012

For more information about MoCCA please visit

For more info on TYPHON visit

This event is intended for Mature Audiences!
(in other words, don’t bring your kids unless they’re already hopelessly warped).

Quimby The Mouse by Chris Ware, John Kuramoto, and Andrew Bird

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Check out this amazing animation put together by Chris Ware for “This American Life — Live!”   The song in this video is “Eugene” by Andrew Bird. Animation by John Kuramoto.  It’s been around for awhile, but it’s still worth a watch.

Illustration students picked for Animation and Digital Film Festival

from Parsons MFA Design Technology Director Anezka Sebek:

It is my pleasure to announce the winners of the juried 10th Annual Parsons Animation and Digital Film Festival.Thanks to our Jurors: Steven Guarnaccia, Jessica Irish, Colleen Macklin, Jane Pirone, and James Ramer for contributing their valuable time to the jury in this busiest time of the semester.

Here are the people who will be in the screening reel TONIGHT–Tuesday, May 19th and TOMORROW–Wednesday May 20th. The SAME REEL of the festival screens at 7PM both days in Swayduck Auditorium, 65 5th Avenue. On Tuesday, May 19th, we will be awarding the people who have taken the “best of” prizes.

Best Character Animation
Best Motion Graphics
Best Overall Technical Execution

We hope that you will join us to congratulate the filmmakers and animators who participated and those who have been selected to the screening reel:

Slaves to Technology Yelena Mirchevskaya
Little Boxes Hsing Yu Chen (Cha Cha)
Duo Duo and Xiang Min Fengyu Hao
Art in Motion by Lilah Montgomery [Illustration Student!]
Faceless Neil by Noella Borie
[Illustration Student!]
Plus-size Problem Pasquale Chieffalo
Count your Blessings Nicolas Perez-Gurri
Ranga’s Meat Shop Rohini Metharam
Rat on the Moon Nurbanu Asena
Conversation Nina Torr
UNICEF-Make Children’s Dreams Jaehquck Lee
Serial Killer Jaehquck Lee
Claybrothers Jaehquck Lee
Opening Movie for MFA DT Thesis Show Jun Yung Moon
What if the Food Chain was Broken? Tibo Charroppin
The Watermelon GirlEun Hee Sidney Shin
Bubbletea Jessica A. M. Chen
The Globetrotter Magnus Schullere-Cablay
Urban Rhythm, Surface Tu Varathit
Audio Visual Experiments Claudio Midolo
Metamorphosis of Media Melissa Marcus
The Unseen Journey Jason Tseng
DOA Erik Carter
Apegado Tomas Pichardo-Espaillat and Cem Misirlioglu
Vuela Alto Tomas Pichardo-Espaillat
Ipod Nano Commercial Sangho Moon
BET TV network spot Sangho Moon
The Many Glasses of Me Sangho Moon
In the Life Open Alec Donovan
Open Frame Luke Hanson
Fito Craft Brewery Adolfo Facasse

Congrats to Lilah, Noella, and all other winners for their inclusion!

David Polonsky at Society of Illustrators


Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:30 at The Society of Illustrators (128 East 63rd) meet David Polonsky, the illustrator and art director of Ari Forman’s Waltz with Bashir. Polonsky will discuss the techniques that were used to make this unique animated documentary. The talk will be accompanied by clips from the film. A Q and A session will follow and a book signing for the release of a graphic novel based upon the film.

$10 members, $15 non-members.
RSVP to kevin@societyillustrators.org

Here’s a trailer for the movie if you haven’t already seen it:

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R. Sikoryak work in “The Bentfootes”


The dance mockumentary The Bentfootes–for which Illustration Alum and Part-time Faculty member Robert Sikoryak contributed archival animation, design and illustration–won second place in the Narrative Feature category at the Landlocked Film Festival in Iowa City.  Here’s the official description of the movie:

Writer Todd Alcott and choreographer Kriota Willberg team up to direct their first feature film, a loving skewering of 200 years of American dance. Funny, touching and irreverent, The Bentfootes tells the story of a fictitious every-choreographer, Susan Bentfoote (1966-2005) (Nina Hellman) and her quasi-illustrious family, who managed to keep their demented muse alive through all of American history. We follow Jim Raritan (James Urbaniak), Susan’s boyfriend, as he takes us on a wide-eyed, enthusiastic, exasperating journey of discovery into a forgotten tributary in the river of American dance culture and watch as he goes from being the lover of a dead choreographer to becoming a producer of American Modern Dance. A ‘mockumentary’ melange of Spinal Tap and Ken Burns, The Bentfootes includes a memorial concert of Bentfoote dances, interviews with family and friends, historical photos, film and family memorabilia. In its own tongue-in-cheek way it explores the American dancer’s artistic aesthetic from post-revolutionary times to the present.

Congratulations to Bob, the filmmakers, and everyone involved!