Sita

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”:http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2008/12/having_wonderful_time_wish_you.html 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”:http://blog.ninapaley.com/2008/12/28/sitas-distribution-plan/. 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!”:http://www.staple-austin.org/, 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”:http://www.staple-austin.org/guests/ 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.