New York City Animation
and Avoid Eye Contact Compilation DVD
New York City is a place of constant change, invention and chaos; Avoid
Eye Contact sums up these urban qualities in animated terms. Avoid Eye Contact
Volume 2 continues to explore the thriving contemporary independent scene
going on in New York City. Starting in the 1960s, a close-knit community
has formed, fueled by small screenings, studio visits, local festivals,
social events, and perhaps most consistently by the monthly events presented
by Asifa-East; an intimate exchange of ideas, techniques and stories has
These Artists don't seem to follow any trends
and, although savvy, are not beholden to any technology. Avoid Eye Contact
Volume 2 offers a new program of acclaimed films spanning the last five
years. Young animators join seasoned masters in a show that is surely to
become another important part of the animation enthusiast's library. All
films are international award-winners, each with a distinct look, united
only by genre and the gritty soul of New York City.
-David Levy, President, ASIFA-East
Bill Plympton, Signe Baumane,
George Griffin, and Patrick Smith talk about the state of independence in
New York City.
Signe Baumane, an artist
in control of her own distribution, as part of Square Footage Films.
Mike Overbeck, John Canemaker,
PES, and Alex Budovsky discuss the philosophy behind "Avoid Eye Contact"