Media Release — The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes award-winning cartoonist and animator Nina Paley for an opening reception celebrating her exhibition Before Sita Sang The Blues: Spotlight on Nina Paley on Thursday, July 29 from 7:00-9:00pm. This retrospective will feature a selection of Paley’s syndicated comic strips, illustrations, and a series of prints, paintings and behind-the-scenes materials from Paley’s film Sita Sings the Blues. Please visit our website for more information about our upcoming fundraiser screening of Sita Sings the Blues at San Francisco’s Delancey Street Theater on Tuesday, July 20.
About Nina Paley:
Nina Paley is a longtime veteran of syndicated comic strips, creating Fluff (Universal Press Syndicate), The Hots (King Features), and her own alternative weekly Nina’s Adventures. In 1998, she began making independent animated festival films, including the controversial yet popular environmental short, The Stork. In 2002, Paley followed her then-husband to Trivandrum, India, where she read her first Ramayana. This inspired her first feature, Sita Sings the Blues, which she animated and produced single-handedly over the course of five years on a home computer.
Sita Sings the Blues has screened in over 150 film festivals and won over 35 international awards including the Annecy Grand Crystal, The IFFLA Grand Jury Prize, and a Gotham Award. Paley’s adventures in our broken copyright system led her to copyLeft her film, and join QuestionCopyright.org as Artist-in-Residence. She is now re-releasing all her old comics under a Creative Commons Share-Alike license.
A 2006 Guggenheim Fellow, Paley is currently producing a series of animated shorts about intellectual freedom called Minute Memes.