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in Filmmaking
on Dec 3, 2008

Congrats to all the Gotham Award winners receiving awards last night. I was really happy to see Filmmaker cover-story Frozen River take the Best Feature, and I was also glad to see Trouble the Water, which we’ve covered in our magazine too, take Best Doc. Lance Hammer’s Ballast nod for Breakthrough Director, and the ensemble tie to Synecdoche, New York and Vicky Christina Barcelona were well deserved too. Finally, as noted below, we were happy to award the Best Film Not Playing at a Theater award to Sita Sings the Blues, Nina Paley’s indescribable, charming and completely original animation that the filmmaker describes like this:

Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Set to the 1920’s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues earns its tagline as “The Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told.”

Paley blogs here, and you can check out her many postings on the journey to make and exhibit her film.

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