Hello. Here's a quick run down of what we did in 2009, and what we're still doing. I'll fill in more later...
We did our first series of 10 short enviro-stickgirl films for Planet Green ("My Place", which can be seen on Planet Green and on www.Planetgreen.com and www.Treehugger.com). Hopefully, there'll be more to come. This was written, designed, storyboarded, produced and directed by amf and animated by a bevy of people. (Eric Cheung, Yumiko Sasakawa, Sarah Jargsdorf, Jason Campbell, Ben Meinhardt, Tim Stuby, Steve Jeeves and Mark Ingram). It's just up now (web: november, tube: december)
We also made a little animated film to a story by radio personality Sook-Yin Lee for "Definitely Not the Opera"'s web-site (see www.cbc.ca) called "I Won", a creepy little story about a little thing she learnt not to do as a child. Again, this was directed, designed and storyboarded by amf and animated by Tim Stuby. (It went up on the web this september.)
We also made a karaoke video, "Window Horses", supported by the BC Arts Council. Hopefully, that will be hitting the festival circuit soon. (just completed Dec)
Ann Marie spent a year or so writing and designing (with kevin langdale) a feature script where stickgirl (aka "rosie ming") goes to a poetry festival in shiraz, iran, tentatively called "Ming Rose: Slammer" it's been a crazy year, over there, in iran, and rosie may be going to china, instead, to follow the footsteps of amf's ancient poetic ancestor, Du Fu. (a new discovery). This script started out in Germany (as did the karaoke song). No matter where it is situtated, it explores the issues of relationships: of families, of diasporas, of stories not told. of discovering the world through poetry. of discovering yourself through the world.
Sleepy Dog Films held a poetry contest... to develop an iPhone haiku/oracle snowglobe. Kellie Ruth Mercier won, and the animation to her poem can be found on this site, if you want to check it out, or download it. (up as of end of Nov). The app is still expected by Christmas.
amf has been working on an adaptation of Bernice Eisenstein's powerful illustrated memoir "I was a child of holocaust survivors" for a few years now, for the NFB. Production was finally green-lit this spring and animation is very close to finishing. We are working with fabulous animators Howie Shia and Kevin Langdale and Lillian Chan. Bernice, herself, is the voice-over. Should be finished by summer 2010. Normand Roger will be doing the sound/music. He is someone amf has been hoping to work with for ove 20 years.
Long Tack Sam, the book, the film, the entity... had a big year. He was in China... and amf was part of a 5 part mini-series on him for the satellite Travel Channel over there. He was also in Linz, Austria...as part of "Zauberkuenst", an exhibit that plays around with high and low art forms in terms of the magicians who came from that area. He also is part of the permanent exhibit of the new Museum of Chinese in America in NYC. amf went there to show the film and speak about him, as well.
2010 should see the poetry feature, "Ming Rose: Slammer" in production... more stickgirl films for planet green...the dramatic feature of Long Tack Sam, "shanghai follies", and a short documentary on the local magician and paramedic... Jamie D. Grant (who is featured in Ripley's "Believe It Or Not"). We'll see how it all goes!
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season. amf is looking for: investors, collaborators, inspirers, poets of the kitchen, cooks of the soul and world peace.