Producing the illusion of motion is a heady task, but not for the San Francisco International Animation Festival. A feast of artistic expression, a hearty dinner of commercial media, and a guilty midnight snack of experimental film, this orgiastic celebration brings cutting edge technology and creativity to the same table for a weekend of innovation and epilepsy. The festival includes runt-friendly adaptations of Maurice Sendak stories by maverick animator Gene Deitch, the newest feature from darkly humorous maverick Bill Plympton, and a wild and woolly program of music videos created by secretive Bay Area maverick collective Encyclopedia Pictura. Opening night features the epic and award-winning illusion Sita Sings the Blues, Nina Paley's sumptuous and personal re-imagining of the ancient Sanskrit Ramayana.
Sita screens 7 and 9:15 p.m. (a reception with Paley starts at 8 p.m.) at Landmark Embarcadero Center Cinemas, S.F. Admission is $20.
Nov. 13-16, 2008