Industry insider panels and free festival entry for #AfterSchoolSpecial 2015: #SVA’s Alumni Film & Animation Festival

SVA’s 2015 Alumni Film & Animation Festival takes place from September 18th through the 20th. The event features some of School of Visual Arts’ most accomplished film, television, animation and visual effects alumni, and includes screenings, premieres of new work, and behind-the-scenes looks at cinema & television hits and classics. All events will feature special Q&As with industry insiders. All events are free and open to the public and take place at SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street in New York City.

Friday, September 18th

8:00 PM A Tribute to Bill Plympton
Join renowned animator Bill Plympton (1969 Cartooning) for a special screening of his Academy Award-nominated short Your Face (1987), the NYC premiere of his new short film The Loneliest Stoplight (2015), his award-winning feature film Cheatin’ (2013), and sneak previews of his upcoming films Hitler’s Folly and Revengeance. Preceded by the NYC premiere of the short film Dime Crimes #34, by director Ed Hellman (MPS 2013 Live Action Short Film) and alumni from the MPS Live Action Short Film & BFA Cartooning departments. Following the screening and Q&A, a special signing with Bill Plympton will be held in the SVA Theatre lobby.

Saturday, September 19th

2:00 PM Amazon’s Transparent (2014)
Join NewFest & New York Women in Film and Television for this special presentation of Amazon’s Emmy-nominated comedy series, featuring one of the show’s associate producers and actresses, Zackary Drucker (BFA 2005 Photography). Drucker, who will be on hand live via Skype from Los Angeles on the eve of the Emmy Awards, will present two of the show’s Season One episodes, alongside some behind-the-scenes footage and a special webisode produced in conjunction with the series. Preceded by the award-winning short film Away (2012) by Elisa Bates (MFA 2012 Design) and the experimental video How to Not Get Raped (2014) by Cat Del Buono (MFA 2008 Photography, Video and Related Media).

4:30 PM Disney Pixar’s Monsters University (2013)
Bring the whole family and join past and present Pixar artists and animators Ye Won Cho (MFA 2002 Computer Art), Andrew Dayton (BFA 1998 Computer Art), Christian Haniszewski (BFA 2009 Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects), Nancy Kato (MFA 1991 Computer Art), and Maria Lee (BFA 1988 Media Arts) as they present the hit film on the big screen in 3D. Preceded by the animated short Quiet (2015) by Kyle Samuels (BFA 2012 Animation).

8:00 PM Pacific Rim (2013)
Join visual effects supervisor John H. Han (BFA 2003 Computer Art) for a screening and inside look at the monster hit film. Preceded by the short film Brink (2011), featuring visual effects by Luke DiTommaso (BFA 2001 Computer Art) and SVA BFA Computer Art alumni-artists from VFX studio The Molecule.

11:59 PM The House of The Devil (2009)
Join director Ti West (BFA 2003 Film and Video) and producer Peter Phok (BFA 2003 Film and Video) for a special midnight screening of the cult horror film, shown in 35mm film. Preceded by the world cinematic premiere of The Hate My Day Jobs’ music video Double Vision (2015), by creative director Daniel Giachetti (BFA 2002 Advertising) and alumni from the BFA Illustration and BFA Photography departments.

Sunday, September 20th

2:00 PM FOX’s Family Guy & Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)
Join Kara Vallow (BFA 1985 Media Arts), executive producer of two of Seth MacFarlane’s hit shows, for a special presentation of the two shows as you’ve never seen them before — on the big screen! We’ll screen the Season One pilot episode of Cosmos and a special extended sneak preview of the never-before-seen, soon-to-air Season 14 premiere of Family Guy. Preceded by The Dirty Birdy Redux (2014) by Academy Award-nominated animator John Dilworth (BFA 1985 Animation).

5:30 PM Thank You For Playing (2015)
Join co-director David Osit (MFA 2011 Social Documentary) for a screening of this widely-praised documentary, which was recently featured at the Tribeca Film Festival. Osit and co-director Malika Zouhali-Worrall will join us live via Skype. Preceded by the Sports Emmy Award-nominated documentary short The Perfect 18 (2014) by Mickey Duzyj (BFA 2004 Illustration) and Kyle Stecker (BFA 2011 Illustration).

8:00 PM The 67th Annual Emmy Awards
Come watch the show, hosted by Andy Samberg and broadcast via FOX live on the big screen, and root on SVA alumni nominees and their nominated shows.

During the Festival, there will also be video art installations on rotation in the theater lobby. Check out Sacrifice v18 (2013) by José Carlos Casado (MFA 2001 Computer Art) and Girls in 4/4 (2009) by Katie Murray (BFA 1997 Photography).

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