As we start 2009, I continue to be inspired by what independent artists and developers are able to create with limited resources. Here's one example.
Roger Ebert recently posted a thoughtful review of animator Nina Paley's independent feature Sita Sings the Blues. Paley is still in a small bit of copyright trouble with the songs and is trying to creatively find a way out. The copyright problem was news to me. I subscribe to Paley's blog but haven't been keeping up with it lately.
Early in 2008 I invited Paley to screen her films at STAPLE!, but she was busy finishing Sita and preparing for its premiere in Europe. She has some great older shorts too, including one of the first Flash to QuickTime animated shorts I remember seeing, Fetch, which was linked years ago off Hotwired's defunct animation site.
(Speaking of STAPLE!, Stan Sakai will be our guest in March. If you are in the Austin area, please stop by.)
Sita Sings the Blues will find an audience eventually. I gave some money as Paley was soliciting donations to finish the feature, and I know I'm not the only one inspired by what she's created. Making an indie feature film is an amazing accomplishment.