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At the New York International Children’s Film Festival, pt.3

Pt.3 from Keisha L. Wilkerson-Gammage, Cataloging technician at the library and SVA alumna:
My co-workers say that I practically live at the school. Well, ever since the festival has picked us as a venue, camping out at the SVA Theater from 11am-9pm, sure feels that way. Surprisingly there was plenty of “free” food being passed around. Whole Foods, Stonyfield, Organic Valley and Ms. Meyers were some of festival’s sponsors who attended passing out an endless supply of goodies. To quote the flyer:

“Get your snack on with FREE TASTY TREATS to keep you from talking during the movie! All day at SVA Theater.”

Talk about making a kid’s day. Made my day – it’s not everyday you get yogurt pouches pushed on you by hunky guys. Nothing but organic snack foods for the whole day. For the cow bean-bag toss I thought they had to play for chocolate milk. I found out that the cow toss was just to get kids active. The raffle was for $50 worth of free Organic Valley products. After the milk was gone, in came the string cheese.

Topping off this weekend were three special film entries.

“It’s not nice to mess with Aunt Hilda”:
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Known in it’s native France as “Tante Hilda!“, the film was produced by studio Folimage, and directed by Jacques-Remy Girerd (A Cat in Paris, Mia and the Migoo – click the links to see the SVA Library’s copy information) and Benoit Cheiux. Aunt Hilda! tells tale of a woman named Hilda who lives as a botanist far away from the world of polluted cities, dust cropping fields and GNO (OGNs). She’s a “flower child”, literally. Her life is at peace with nature. However that peace becomes short lived when a genetic experiment, headed by the corporate conglomerate DOLO, goes awry. The end result gives life to the ultimate Frankenplant that could very well destroy Earth’s eco system. It’s up to Hilda to save the day. The animation style of this feature harkens back to what they called the “flower power” classics. The retro 70’s animation style of rough lines and color can clearly be seen in this film. Considering this film was made in the 2000s. Despite it’s small use of CGI, this film could still be displayed alongside a animated film from the 70’s and feel right at home. The one thing I found interesting about this film is that it has a more complex narrative than previous films by Girerd, as it deals with touchy subjects, like GMOs, corporate greed and politics. Like Mia and the Migoo, both films deal with issues of preserving nature and the dangers of what happens when man treads too far, disrupting the natural order of things. All and all it’s a wonderful film to see and a grand piece of work. The families that attended seemed to enjoy the film as well. The Frankenplant had quite a few children on the edge of their seats. This film definitely deserves a DVD release here. Mia and Migoo and A Cat in Paris are available at the SVA Library. So come check them out. I highly recommend them.

Jacque-Remy Girerd was not available for this screening but was available the previous weekend for the film’s debut. Sadly I could not attend due to a clash in the scheduling.

This film also contains the 7 deadly sins, massive honey consumption and attack bees. “Go Bees!!”

“Are you afraid of falling to the ground or falling into the sky?”

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This weekend, crowds got to see the North American premier of the anime feature ‘Patema Inverted’ (Sakasama Patema), directed by Yasuhiro Yoshiura. This is possibly the 5th work by the director and screenwriter. Yoshiura is best known for his sci-fi work; ‘Time of Eve’ (Ebu no Jikan) series which was screened back in 2010 as part of the festival’s “adult” segment. Like ‘Time of Eve’, ‘Patema Inverted’ was originally produced as a four part ONA (Online Net Animation), which streamed online in Japan back in 2012 under the title Patema Inverted: Beginning of the Day. In 2013 it was compressed into a full length feature film.

The story follows a girl named Patema, who lives in a underground civilization. Or is it? Due to her curiosity of trying to explore and find other worlds, she accidentally finds herself falling into another world where she’s upside down and they’re right side up. Or are they? She meets a young boy her age, named Age. The world in which he lives, is controlled by totalitarian society the likes of George Orwell’s, 1984. Where the freedom to think and dream are to be cast out and accept what you’re told. People who have fled the surface due to the great past catastrophe are known as the “inverted” or “sinners”. But which is the “real” world? Yoshiura’s take on using perspective to tell the tale is somewhat original and a different take on another beloved Ghibli classic film Castle in the Sky, by Hayao Miyazaki. It’s like taking a classic work and re-creating it in different way, but the similarities are almost uncanny. Some years ago director, producer and screenwriter, Makoto Shinkai, creator of Voices from a Distant Star, did a feature titled ‘Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below, which was screened back in 2012 (which is now available on DVD). This film while different in it’s plot held many influences from Castle in the Sky. However Patema Inverted’s plot shares a much stronger connection with visuals and pacing that is right on the same level as Castle in the Sky. The only thing missing is the “blue” stone. It’s still an excellent film. In a way I’d say it pays homage to past Ghibli works. The reaction from the crowd pretty much summed it up. I sat between two mothers who’s daughters held different reactions. The one on my left had her knees up to her chin with her eyes covered, while the girl on my right, who was a little older, held onto her mother for dear life. Yet it was her mother who felt the movie was so intense. Did she enjoy it? I did. Hopefully this title will see a release here.

Time of Eve, is currently streaming on Crunchyroll and has since been available on DVD.

“One part history, one part fiction, connecting the beauty of Ghibli and Kenji Miyazawa.”
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The last entry was the North American premier of the anime feature ‘Giovanni’s Island’ (Gionvania no Shima), directed by Nishikubo Mizuho.

Released in theaters in Japan on February of this year this film came as an unexpected but highly welcomed entry to the festival. This was a very heartfelt film. I tell you there was not a dry eye in that theater. Screenwriter Yoshiki Sakurai (see photos below), was available for the debut, and did Q&A after the film. Sakurai is best known for his work on the Ghost in the Shell series. Produced by studio Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell, Jinroh, A Letter to Momo, Blood the Last Vampire, etc…) Giovanni’s Island tells the story of two young boys Junpei and Kanta, who dub themselves Giovanni and Campanella, characters from the popular classic children’s novel ‘Night of the Galactic Railroad’, by Kenji Miyazawa, published in 1927. Their story takes place on the Japanese island of Shikotan, which became part of the Sakhalin Oblast during the Soviet occupation after WWII. This is a feature that deals with the hardships of war and and an occupied territory. While these elements are part of the plot the main point of the film revolves around the friendships created by the children during those troubling times. The downside is the reality one has to face that your friend is still one with the enemy. Director Nishikubo felt that this was a story that needed to be told. Sakurai during the Q&A, stated that while the film does contain fictional elements, some of which revolve around Kenji Miyazawa, they wanted the film to still be true to telling the history of a past event. Originally, conceived as a live-action film, the producers had to take a different approach due to the restrictions regarding the actual place of events. He stated that only residents born of Shikotan are allowed to return to their homeland. So they decided to make the film into a 2D animated feature allowing them the freedom to produce such a work. Another plus, was finding and speaking to past survivors that could give them historical details on the events on that time. The casting for this film features both Japanese and Russian speakers playing their respective roles giving it an authentic flavor of diversities trying to overcome the language barrier. Giovanni’s Island is a grand piece of work, of an untold story. One woman stood during Q&A, as she addressed Sakurai and her voice cracked as she stated how much she loved this film. She stated that “we need to see more films like this” not only to entertain but used as a way to teach history reaching a wider audience. One man asked if there was any influence with Isao Takahata’s ‘Grave of the Firefiles‘ and Mark Hermans’ ‘Boy with the Striped Pajamas’. Sakurai agreed that there were indeed strong influences to this film, especially Isao Takahata. I feel this film will be elected for an award and a license for a DVD release. Only one more week until the awards ceremony that will decide which films will receive an Academy Award, and possibly a North American releases.

President and co-founder of the NYICFF, Eric Beckman, is ever-present, as always:
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Screenwriter Yoshiki Sakurai:
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Beckman & Sakurai:
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Pictures attached of the event. President and co-founder Eric Beckman, of the NYICFF is ever present as always. Shaking hands and speaking with parents who have either been with the festival in the past or are first timers.

Tomorrow night: Strong Female Protagonists: A Panel Featuring Women in Comics


Can’t wait for MOCCAfest this weekend but looking for somewhere to put that energy this week? Consider Strong Female Protagonists: A Panel Featuring Women in Comics tomorrow night at 7pm in the auditorium at 209 E. 23rd St, for a discussion of women’s roles in comics, professional advice, and a Q&A with the audience.
The panel will feature: “Shelly Bond, Executive Editor of Vertigo comics, Diane Noomin, creator of Glitz-2-Go and editor of the seminal Twisted Sisters anthologies, Alitah Martinez, creator of Yume and Ever, and artist for Marvel and Papercutz, and Raina Telgemeier [SVA alum], creator of Smile and Drama.”
In the library:

Glitz-2-go / Diane Noomin. – PN6727.N66 G55 2011


Twisted sisters. 2, Drawing the line / edited by Diane Noomin – PN6726.T875 1995


Drama / Raina Telgemeier – PN6727.T294 D73 2012


Smile / Raina Telgemeier. – PN6727.T294 S65 2010


Graphic women : life narrative and contemporary comics / Hillary L. Chute. – PN6714 .C49 2010


The Big feminist but : comics about women, men and the ifs, ands & buts of feminism / edited by Shannon O’Leary & Joan Reilly. – PN6720 .B88 2013

Celebrate the release of “World War 3 Illustrated” #45 – Before and After

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World War 3 Illustrated Facebook page: >>With its latest issue, BEFORE and AFTER, World War 3 Illustrated again devotes an entire issue to comic book stories on a crucial topic: our mortality.

–Comic book stories about death? Not easy material, but World War 3 Illustrated has never set out to gather and anthologize soothing entertainment; rather the magazine’s editors (Peter Kuper, Scott Cunningham for Issue #45) continually strive to serve up illustrated narratives that relate to real concerns beyond the page, issue after issue. It was only a matter of time before the comic book artists and writers of this decades-strong collective focused in on death, Before and After.

Meet the artists behind this notable issue. See and hear comic book stories about death and the lives that go on, often triumphantly, in spite of our universal mortality.

Performing live comic book material at the event: Peter Kuper, Hayley Gold, Sandy Jimenez, Mac McGill, Paula Hewitt Amram, Steven Brodner, Sabrina Jones, Thomas Woodruff, Anthony Freda, Seth Tobocman (featuring music by: Eric Gonzalez Blitz, Andy Laties, Ben Barson, Jenny Gonzalez Blitz, La Femme Natal, and others,) and a special screening of “Death and the Mother,” an animated film by Ruth Lingford

Event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC<<

In the SVA Library:
World war three illustrated – Location: Underground Comics collection: v.14, 19, 30, 32, 34, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40
Rare Book Case: v. 1-3, 5-43

Library Book Sale – This Week!

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The notice is short, the prices are low (everything is $2 or $5), but the picks are good (we have a bunch of great art books donated by the Metropolitan Museum that were already in our collection).
For two days only: Wednesday Dec. 4 through Thursday, Dec. 5., from 9am to 5pm.

Library Closed for Thanksgiving Weekend


The SVA Library will close early, Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 1pm and will remain closed through the Thanksgiving holiday and weekend, until Monday, Dec. 2nd, when we will reopen to our normal hours.

But you still have until 1pm tomorrow to come in find some books and films for your break.


Charlie Brown Thanksgiving / V-AN S385 Tha DVD


Planes, trains & automobiles / written, produced and directed by John Hughes. – V-F H845 Pla DVD


Rivka’s first Thanksgiving / Elsa Okon Rael ; illustrated by Maryann Kovalski – PZ7.R1235 Ri 2001

Working in the Vicinity of Narrative: Todd Hido and Darius Himes – SVA Theatre


Tonight (Monday 9/23/13) SVA’s photography magazine DEAR DAVE, and the BFA Photography department are hosting Working in the Vicinity of Narrative: Todd Hido and Darius Himes from 7-9 pm at the SVA Theatre (333 W. 23rd St). We have Hido’s new book, Todd Hido: Excerpts from Silver Meadows, on order for the library’s collection. Below are other titles by Hido and Himes to explore in the stacks.


Publish your photography book / Darius Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson – Z286.P47 H56 2010


Night studio [videorecording] / Todd Hido. – V-P H536 Nig DVD


Between the two / Todd Hido. – TR647 .H534 2006 [Oversize Stacks]


A Road divided / Todd Hido ; text, Jean Baudrillard – TR660.5 .H525 2010 [Oversize Stacks]


House hunting / Todd Hido – TR659 .H53 2007 [Oversize Stacks]

New CD Shelving #svalibrary

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Returning library users may have noticed that we downsized our Catalog computers from six to two over the summer. The change was made to clear room for new CD shelving, that was just installed this week and now holds our Audiobook and music CD collections, which in turn frees up more space for our ever-growing DVD collection.

The categories/music call number headings in order:
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B – Opera
C – Choral Music
D – Vocal Music
E – Orchestral Music
F – Chamber Music
G – Solo instrumental
HHd – Hip Hop/Rap
Jd – Electronic Music
Kd – Broadway Show Tunes
Ld – Soundtracks
MCd – Country
MJd – Jazz
MRd – Rock
Pd – Folk
Qd – World Music
Sd – Spoken Word
C-FX / Yd – Sound Effects