It always pays to check the spam filter. Andy Nichols, the Theater Manager at New York's The Picture House contacted me about a very interesting event he's hosting on January 25th for those who can make the venue. It is a part of It All Started Here, the city's festival of Celebrating Animation - the link is to an article publicising the events written by Susan Hodara for the Westchester section of The New York Times.
Andy's email then:
"On Sunday January 25, our theater is having two programs:
12-2pm – animated commercials with guests Howard Beckerman, J.J. Sedelmeier, and Tim Speidel of Arnold NY.
4-6pm – animated short films with guests R.O. Blechman, Emily Hubley, George Griffin, Jeff Scher and Michael Sporn.
I stumbled across your blog because we are screening a 35mm print of Eggs by John and Faith Hubley and I thought that your readers might be interested in coming to our event. Tickets are free to people in the animation industry. All details are available on our website www.thepicturehouse.org."
Eggs, largely animated by the remarkable Tissa David, is a must see for any student of animation. Sadly there's an ocean between us, Andy, but I'd love to meet with Michael, Jeff, Emily and others. I'm a great fan.
And an extract from Susan's article:
"BETTY BOOP, Spider-Man and a number of other cartoon characters are making appearances across Westchester as part of “It All Started Here,” a combination of screenings, lectures, workshops and an exhibition at the Arts Exchange in White Plains, opening on Saturday evening. Presented by the Westchester Arts Council, “It All Started Here” focuses on animated cartoons, features and television commercials produced in New York City and, perhaps surprisingly, Westchester over the past 103 years."