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Rocks in My Pockets is an animated movie for adults that poses the question, “How do you stay sane in this crazy world?”  While this particular line of thinking is nothing new, the film, funded by over 800 Kickstarter contributions, searches for answers via five women and their personal battles with depression and suicide. Creator Signe Baumane, a Latvian-born, New York-based artist, uses both hand-drawn and painted animation paired ... Read More
Nathan W. Pyle is the author of NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette, a collection of illustrations that adorably and accurately depict the unwritten laws that will keep you outta trouble in good ol' New York. As the book description entails:  "Living in New York City for five years as a transplant from Ohio, illustrator and T-shirt designer Nathan Pyle was fascinated by the unique habits and unspoken customs New Yorkers follow to make life bearable in a city ... Read More
  “Women do not do any of the creative work in connection with preparing the cartoons for the screen, as that task is performed entirely by young men,” wrote the Disney company in 1938 in response to a female animator. It’s hard today not to treat Walt Disney worshipfully, as the Disney film “Saving Mr. Banks” might have done, but remembering the Disney legacy must include honest reflection on his mistakes, mainly his sexism and ... Read More
  The activists of the global movement V-Day are ringing in the new year by rising against gender-based violence and abuse. About one billion women around the world are raped in their lifetime. On February 14, 2014, the world is invited to share stories of survival and support and cry for justice as part of the One Billion Rising campaign. Each year, one billion men and women will rise and participate in the action.  V-Day calls us to action, stating, ... Read More
Rad poetry columnist for BUST and former BUST covergirl Amber Tamblyn, in collaboration with filmmakers Beans & Bueller, has made the most uniquely amazing video for the latter’s web series segment, “This One Time.” As the Beans & Bueller website states, the segment “brings the intimate, funny, disturbing, often wasted tales of interesting people to life through puppetry”—a genius idea with hilarious, but also ... Read More
Have you noticed how few female characters there are in recent Disney movies? In an interview with Fanvoice, animation supervisor Lino DiSalvo explains why it’s supposedly super duper hard to make a movie like Frozen that features women: “animating female characters [is] really, really difficult, ’cause they have to go through these range of emotions, but they’re very, very – you have to keep them pretty and they’re very ... Read More
Menstrupedia is a self-defined "friendly guide to periods which helps girls and women to stay healthy and active during their periods." That description couldn't be any more perfect! The website is simple yet incredibly informative; it treats the subject of menstruation both frankly and warmly. Needless to say, I wish I had access to something like this when I was 11 years old (I like to think the various Kotex websites that were 90% friendship-bracelet tutorials ... Read More
I’m convinced that the French band Ödland is made of pure magic. Comprised of members Alizée Bingöllü, Lorenzo Papace, Lea Bingöllü, and Isabelle Royet-Journoud, their sound is at times ethereal and haunting--conjuring up images of ghosts and fairies in foggy fields--and at other times childlike and playful, reminiscent of hopscotch and make-believe. With the use of a variety of instruments, including the musical saw and ... Read More
 Evelyn Evelyn, AKA Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley, recently released an animated music video to their track "Sandy Fishnets." The dark, haunting tune tells the story of the encounter between the conjoined twins, Evelyn and Evelyn, and tragic character Sandy Fishnets. The beautiful, flickering animation - which also includes amazing light painting - is a perfect companion to the song. Palmer and Webley chose director and artist Vince Mascoli to create the ... Read More
When I found out Disney had reopened their hand-drawn animation studios and announced plans to do another 2D feature in the tradition of their old classics, I was SUPER excited. So I braved the weekend crowds on Saturday to check out The Princess and the Frog, Disney's first 2D feature since 2004's Home on the Range, and was pleasantly surprised by how much fun I had watching a movie whose target audience is about 15 years my junior. Tiana is the 'princess' in ... Read More
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