SVA’s long-running After School Special film and animation festival showcasing the work of its most accomplished alumni in film, television, animation and visual effects is back, kicking off on Monday, September 11 and running through Sunday, September 17. For the first time since its inception, the free festival at SVA Theatre has been extended for a week to feature a curated roster of premieres and screenings that underscore the high caliber of talent produced by SVA’s nine film-related academic programs.
Below is a look at five of the many outstanding movies that will be shown throughout the week, from the New York premiere of Bill Plympton’s (1969 Cartooning) newest feature-length, animated film about a low-rent bounty hunter, to a documentary about bringing electricity to a small village in Nepal directed and produced by two MFA Social Documentary alumni.
Monday, September 11
7:00pm Art of the Prank (2015)
SVA is pleased to present the godfather of the media hoax and one of America’s greatest living satirists, Joey Skaggs (BFA 1982 Media Arts), in this documentary about his famous media fictions, which were all reported as fact by prestigious journalists. Preceded by Hello Norman (2014), co-written by Maëlle Doliveux (MFA 2013 Illustration as Visual Essay). Click here to RSVP.
Wednesday, September 13
7:00pm Revengeance (2016)
Bill Plympton (1969 Cartooning) is back with his newest feature-length, animated film, which follows a low-rent bounty hunter named Rod Rosse, The One Man Posse. Following the screening, Plympton will discuss his process of making the film. Preceded by the award-winning animated short Late (2014), by Christi Bertelsen (BFA 2002 Animation). Click here to RSVP.
Thursday, September 14
7:30pm Doctor Strange in 3D (2016)
Join visual effects artists Jesse Flores (BFA 2010 Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects) and Paul Liaw (BFA 2002 Computer Art) for a screening and inside look at this Marvel Entertainment blockbuster. Preceded by the world premiere of the short film End of the Line, Inwood (2017), written and co-directed by Efraim Acevedo Klein (BFA 2012 Film and Video). Click here to RSVP.
Saturday, September 16
5:00pm Landline (2017)
Indie director Gillian Robespierre (BFA 2005 Film and Video) and editor Casey Brooks (BFA 2005 Film and Video) will be on hand to screen and discuss their Sundance Film Festival darling, which was released by Amazon Studios this past summer. Preceded by the first episode in Elisa-Sofia Fioretti’s (MPS 2016 Directing) short-film series, Through Your Eyes (2017). Click here to RSVP.
Sunday, September 17
5:00PM Tashi's Turbine (2015)
If you’re a documentary fan, you won’t want to miss this evening, with Amitabh Joshi (MFA 2013 Social Documentary) and Erik Spink’s (MFA 2013 Social Documentary) remarkable feature about bringing electricity to a small village in Nepal. Preceded by the short documentaries Hali (2016) by Peter Hristoff (BFA 1981 Fine Arts) and Skull + Bone (2017) by Victoria Rivera (BFA 2011 Film and Video). Click here to RSVP.
Q&A sessions and panels will accompany select screenings and guests who arrive early will also be able to enjoy virtual reality and music video experiences in the lobby. For more information and the full schedule, click here.