Animation Speak/Easy Vol 9

Vol. 9 is coming up!

Animation Speak/Easy is coming back to Rullo’s on Wednesday, March 27th! Join us for another round of inspiring animated shorts and a lively exchange of thoughts and ideas with our guests and our audience.

Rullo’s Bar - 560 5th Ave - Brooklyn
Doors at 7:00pm – Screening at 7:30pm

**No cover. RSVP required.

Our next guests

Luz Batista

Luz Batista

Luz Batista is a Dominican-American, Director, Storyboard artist, Writer, Illustrator, and Animator from the East Coast. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2014 with a BFA in Animation and has been working in animation since. She worked as a Director, Animator, Story Artist, and Character designer on various projects before joining Disney Television Animation in 2018 as a Storyboard Revisionist and Story Consultant for The Owl House. There, she moved up to Storyboard Artist and Writer before joining the Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur team as a Storyboard Artist. After leaving Disney in 2023, she began teaching at the School of Visual Arts. Her first illustrated children’s book, Angelica and the Guira, will be released this Fall. Past clients include Kokila, Shadowmachine, Netflix, Sony, Buzzfeed and FOXADHD.

Roman Muradov

Roman Muradov

Roman Muradov is an Armenian artist and author of moderate renown, currently living in Brooklyn, NY. He has received numerous awards from various institutions like the Art Directors Club and the Society of Illustrators, and his books have been translated into a number of languages. His clients include the New Yorker, the New York Times, Penguin Random House, Criterion, Vogue, Paris Review, Wired, NYC Opera, Lucky Peach, Apple, Google, Notion.

Signe Baumane

Signe Baumane

Signe Baumane is a Latvian born, Brooklyn-based independent filmmaker, artist, writer, and animator. She has made 17 award-winning animated shorts. Her first animated feature Rocks In My Pockets premiered at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2014 where it received a FIPRESCI Prize. The film went on to over 130 international festivals. Signe's new animated feature My Love Affair With Marriage (2022) premiered in June 2022 at Tribeca Festival and has screened at over 110 festivals winning 25 awards. It was nominated by the European Film Academy as Best Animated Feature and was released in the US in October 2023.
Signe is a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow in Film for New York Foundation for the Arts. She has a degree in Philosophy from Moscow State University.

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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