Excited to announce that ANIMADOCS will be part of Ideas City NYC – a free public event at the Sara D. Roosevelt Park, just a block away from the New Museum this Saturday, 16 Sept where “a distinguished roster of participating artists, architects, activists, and community builders will present an array of innovative ideas”. This will be a daylong investigation of strategies, ideas, and propositions featuring artist talks, initiatives by local organisations, performances, and workshops all themed around “100 Actions for the Future City”.
Maria Stanisheva will take part in the civic platform by joining a panel discussion with selected fellows from the Athens edition that will focus on the group projects created during the residency and will take place at the Forum Stage at 1.20 p.m. She will also present ANIMADOCS and our latest project FINDING HOME on climate refugees as part of the Actions for The City presentations at the Assembly at 4:30 p.m. ANIMADOCS’ recent work will be screened all day long on a LED truck that will be installed at the park ;)
Here are a few more highlights of the program: Tania Bruguera on migration as civic intervention, David Byrne’s “Reasons to be Cheerful,” a conversation with Kemi Ilesanmi on community building, Trevor Paglen’s research on surveillance, a screening by Superflex, and Mel Chin’s presentation of his most recent work. Additional speakers include Tatiana Bilbao, Majora Carter, Nadina Christopoulou, Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman, Justin Garrett Moore, Rosanne Haggerty, dream hampton, Leslie Koch, Eric Liu, Mil M2, MTL+, Paul Ramírez Jonas, and Jonathan Rose, as well as a panel of mayors including Kasim Reed of Atlanta, Gregor Robertson of Vancouver, and Maurice Cox, former mayor of Charlottesville, VA.
A series of workshops, debates, and panel discussions will be held on-site. Programs include a workshop by Decolonize This Place; a panel discussion on cooperative real estate with 596 Acres, NYC REIC, Ecovillagers Cooperative, and Flux Factory; Black Gotham walking tours led by Kamau Ware; Columbia University’s GSAPP debates; a collective publication compiled by Manolis Daskalakis-Lemos; a conversation on food and social justice organized by Ghetto Gastro; a workshop on how to run for mayor by Ingrid LaFleur, and a conversation on Chinatown between Robert Lee and Mei Lum. Additional participants include Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, BUFU, Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter, Afaina de Jong, Angela Dimayuga, Distinguished Diva, Tanya Fields, Jeff Gordinier, JJ Johnson, New Negress Film Society, Paolo Patelli, Giuditta Vendrame, LinYee Yuan, and presentations by The Rockefeller Foundation Fellows.
Happy to announce that our short The Tump & Jesus Show has been selected to screen within the Comedy/Drama section of Revolution Me Film Festival – “where filmmakers seek independence”. The screening will be held on Sunday, 13 August, 2PM at the Spike Lee Theatre (1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY).
Check out the full festival schedule and get your tickets in advance. Looks like an interesting indie film selection and the best part – our fabulous co-director/producer Todd Letherman will be there to talk about the film and answer any questions you might have!
Human Rights Watch recently released the third project we created for them called IT’S A MEN’S CLUB – an online animated awareness campaign, part of HRW’s report “Discrimination Against Women in Iran’s Job Market”. Laws and policies that discriminate against women interfere with Iranian women’s right to work: their inability to travel, prohibitions on entering certain jobs, and an absence of basic legal protections.
Last year, we created I WAS SOLD on the rights of migrant domestic workers in Oman and TOGETHER TO END MALE GUARDIANSHIP on women’s rights violations in Saudi Arabia in regards to the local male guardianship law. One of the three clips from this campaign was the ‘most viewed HRW online video of 2016’, over 10 million people saw the campaign online with some incredible media coverage from the New York Times, the Independent, Euronews and more. We are exceptionally pleased with the fact that the grassroots movement #togethertoendmaleguardianship has picked up and according to CNN and BBC over 14,000 Saudi women have signed a petition asking for the government policy to be changed.
ANIMADOCS is proud to collaborate with HRW and excited to be part of the much needed waves of change that the organization is creating across the world.
Let’s launch 2017 with some good news: our short animation The Trump & Jesus Show was invited to screen at Shorts On Tap, an award-winning short film festival that supports the spread of awareness on social issues through film and hosts screenings in London, Berlin and Tokyo.
The showcase will take place in London on January 26th under the name TRUMPED: A Selection of Unpresidented Short Films: a bunch of despotic works depicting tyranny, bigotry and the farcical times we live in. The event will start at 7PM with a live performance by ACT ONE, film screening will be on at 8PM (exact address is 93 Feet East, Brick Lane, London E1). Get your tix in advance!
The newly elected commander in chief will not join the Q&As after the screening but our director/producer Maria Stanisheva will, so hope to see ya’ll in London!
A quick update just a day before US Presidential Elections.
The Trump and Jesus Show has reached 33 000 people via Facebook, Vimeo and YouTube. Telling by some of the comments, we’re reaching Trump supporters and managing to stir some Christian debate so thumbs up for that!
We’ve been featured in a bunch of European newspapers, part of the #EUROPEGOESUS media coverage of the 2016 US Presidential Elections: Rebubblica (Italy’s biggest daily), Le Figaro (one of top three in France), Tribune Geneve (Switzerland) and several US online media spots like The Daily Kos, The Curious Brain and numerous Vimeo channels.
We’ve also been shortlisted for the Awardeo Video of the Week competition and invite you to vote for us (please press the green ‘vote’ button and sign in with FB or Twitter), it will only take a second of your time and help us spread the word further. The competition ends on Election Day.
Thanks for your continuous support and please GO VOTE tomorrow!
FATHER – an animated-documentary produced by Maria Stanisheva while at Compote Collective and awarded 28 international awards, will be part of a very special event this week: the Animation Nights New York (ANNY) monthly screening. Looking at this moth’s selection, it looks like FATHER will be in good company so please join us for an exciting screening, followed by a Q+A with Maria and some of the other filmmakers.
ANNY will start at 8PM on Oct 26 (Wed) at 180 Maiden Lane, NY 10038. The location is quite unusual – a huge glass skyscraper in the middle of Seaport District featuring a renovated atrium plaza with a great screen, projection and sound system. Admission will be free. And if you are one of the people who don’t want to admit that Summer is now gone, feel free to bring a blanket to lounge on the indoor grass and come join us for a great selection of animation and a glass of wine or beer. Please don’t forget to RSVP for the event via Eventbrite and see you at the screening!
We’ve got some great news: ANIMADOCS is now part of NEW INC – the first museum-led incubator for art, design, and technology. This means we have a new office space and some amazing collaboration projects on the way!
An experimental initiative of the New Museum, NEW INC is a shared workspace and professional development program that brings together more than 100 cultural practitioners and creative entrepreneurs. NEW INC is dedicated to supporting innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship across art, design, and technology. It occupies eight thousand square feet of dedicated office, workshop, social, and presentation space, and each year selects an outstanding interdisciplinary community of one hundred members who are investigating new ideas and developing sustainable practices. Check out the 2016 members cohort!
The program will run for twelve months, members engage in business and entrepreneurial training sessions with seasoned experts and mentors; group critiques; peer-to-peer learning; and critical discourse about the changing nature of culture, technology, and entrepreneurship. Biannual Demo Days and the End-of-Year Showcase offer members opportunities to present their work to the public, while the annual Versions conference, copresented by NEW INC and Kill Screen, investigates how new developments in digital media are challenging and expanding our notions of perspective, perception, identity, and reality. Members also benefit from developing their ideas under the umbrella of the New Museum; they work in close proximity to Museum programming, affiliates IdeasCity and Rhizome, and anchor tenant, the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) Incubator.
We are so excited abut the program and our new Lower East Side space!
This week we are at an unusual event – IdeasCity Athens – a five-day residency that brings together emerging practitioners working at the intersection of community activism, art, design, architecture, and technology in cities around the world. The aim is to develop ideas and strategies to overcome the pressing challenges facing urban centres today.
IdeasCity Fellows (among which Maria Stanisheva) live and work in the Athens Conservatoire and transform the space into a multifunctional hub of cultural activity. The program’s taking place from the 19th to the 24th September 2016, and will culminate in a free daylong public conference featuring internationally acclaimed speakers from the fields of art, architecture,design, policymaking, and urbanism.
Spekares will include Yašar Adanalí | John Akomfrah | Sophia Al-Maria | Tania Bruguera | Nadina Christopoulou | Thomas Doxiadis | Vere van Gool | Joseph Grima | Rosanne Haggerty | dream hampton | Elina Kountouri | Lisa Phillips | George Prevelakis | Nick Srnicek | Hito Steyerl | Pelin Tan
If you happen to be in Athens check out the public conference and stop by on Sat!
MASSIVE thanks to all 88 backers who supported us so far! We are now aiming to break our minimum goal. All additional funds we collect will be used to hire extra help with the dissemination of the short film among conservative religious communities in key swing states. So – only 3 days to go – please support, tweet, blog, share, care and tell everyone you know!
Rosi is now almost done with designs and we are moving on to production.
Let’s make this indie project go viral and #DumpTrump + using this to share our latest favorite #TangerineNightmare ;)
Thank you all once again, you rock!
The #TrumpJesusShow team