October 20, 2009

Sita took Stony Brook!

And it came to pass.

Nina Paley came this evening to SUNY Stony Brook's Wang Center with her animated marvel Sita Sings the Blues.

Original artwork ©2008 Nina Paley Productions, L.L.C.

The Projectionist came, and videotaped the Q & A session (some forty–five minutes worth).

Many students and members of the SUNY Stony Brook University community came. They included students who were either "forced" to watch Mme. Paley's masterful interwoven retelling of the Luv Kush story — or who declared that they came freely to see it.

One of the scheduled guests, Sanjeev Javeri, couldn't make the screening, but Aseem Chabra (who is one of the narrators in the soundtrack, and the one who urges us not to challenge these stories…) more than made up for the absence of his colleague.

And a splendid time was indeed had by all.

Left to right: Nina Paley, Aseem Chabra, your Projectionist, and SUNY Stony Brook–Wang Center's Sunita Mukhi.

Blessings to all — especially Mme. Paley and Mme. Mukhi — who made it all happen. Special thanks to both ladies for allowing the Projectionist to record the talk on video.

It will take a while to get it up, let alone polished, but you won't have too long to wait.

Oh, and if you still haven't downloaded this one, what are YOU waiting for?

[UPDATE 2009.10.21: Everything has been imported into Apple's iMovie®, and the editing should begin soon.]

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