Animation Speak/Easy Vol 8

Vol. 8 is coming up!

Exciting news! Our next edition will be held as part of FIAF's Animation First Festival on Thursday, January 25th. Join us for another round of inspiring animated shorts and a lively exchange of thoughts and ideas with our guests and our audience.

FIAF Tinker Auditorium
55 East 59th Street - New York, NY 10022
Doors at 7:00pm – Screening at 7:30pm

**No cover. RSVP required.

Please get your free tickets here:

Our next guests

Janet Perlman

Janet Perlman

Janet Perlman is an animation director, writer, and illustrator known for her absurdist sense of humor and unique animation style. Her short films have gained global recognition, including an Oscar nomination and the coveted “Best Bad Taste” award at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. In addition to her films, she has written and illustrated four children’s books. Her latest work is The Girl with the Red Beret, based on a song by Kate and Anna McGarrigle. She most recently completed her interpretation of Pinocchio—in which she shrinks the oft-told story into a one-minute runtime—for a compilation called The One-Minute Mistake.

Joël Vaudreuil

Joël Vaudreuil

Joël Vaudreuil is an independent multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Montreal.
When Adam Changes (Parce que Films, 2023) is his first feature film. In addition to directing music videos, he has also directed several animated short films, including La vie magnifique sous l’eau (2015), Le courant faible de la rivière (Jutra Award, 2013), L’enfant aux 6 hot-dogs (2011), Un vortex dans face (Jutra nominee, 2010), and La récréation du midi (2009). Vaudreuil is also a musician and member of the bands Avec pas d’casque, Moussette, Le Diable (comme l’outil) and Cheval Fou.

Maya Edelman

Maya Edelman

Maya Edelman is an NYC-based animator and illustrator who was born in Kyiv and moved to New York in 1993, where she studied at Pratt Institute. She is best known for her collaborations on award-winning projects, including the "Mushrooms" episode of Broad City, for which she received an Emmy Award for Excellence in Motion Design. “Dream City,” her 52-channel installation for the MTA's Arts & Design program, was recently on view at Fulton Center in Lower Manhattan. She was the Animation Director and Designer for the short film, More Than I Want To Remember, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award in the Animated Short category, and for which she received an Emmy Award for her color design in the "Individual Achievement in Animation" category. She currently works as a visual development artist and animation director, and teaches at Parsons and Pratt Institute.

Here's what our first guests had to say

Congratulations for this great first event to bring together the animation community. I loved that you choose three artists from different backgrounds and interests. It made for surprising discoveries! Also the discussion was well prepared and really made it particularly interesting...

It was exhilarating and I’m so thankful for the chance to share something I’m passionate about with others, as well as be included with two amazing animators I had never had the pleasure of meeting before...

Such a treat to go in depth (if ever so briefly) on the pieces that were picked, get to hear why and see how they resonated with other people there. And really just so swell to be around live humans in real space and time talking the walk and walking the talk.

Who are we?

Andy London

Andy London is a graphic novelist, director and animator. Since the mid nineties, he’s been writing graphic novels and making independent animated shorts. In addition to making films and comics, Andy runs an animation program at Hostos Community College in New York City and is a Visiting Lecturer in the AFVS Department of Harvard University. He is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Anna Samo
Anna Samo

Anna Samo was born in Moscow, Russia, lived and studied animation in Berlin, Germany and is currently based in Brooklyn. As an independent filmmaker she uses a variety of analog animation techniques to create emotional and poetic work. Her most recent films OBON, The Opposites Game and Conversations with a Whale have been screened and awarded at film festivals around the world.

Lisa LaBracio

Lisa LaBracio is a freelance animation director who specializes in handmade animation techniques. As part of the founding production team at TED-Ed, Lisa has directed dozens of educational shorts in a variety of styles, and as an educator, has taught 100+ animation workshops to communities all over the world. Lisa is based in Brooklyn, where you can find her mediating an argument between her stop motion studio and her plant children regarding how much sunlight to allow into the home studio.

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