1st trailer of The Prophet animated feature film written and directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King) and based on classic book by Kahlil Gibran.
With animated chapters from award-winning animation directors :
- Tomm Moore (Song of the Sea) - Bill Plympton - Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues) - Joan C. Gratz - Mohammed Saeed Harib - Joann Sfar (The Rabbi’s Cat) - Michal Socha - Gaëtan Brizzi & Paul Brizzi (Fantasia 2000)
In Impro, Keith Johnstone writes that when improvisers try to be original, they fail. “Don’t be original; be obvious.” When you state the obvious, you actually seem original. Paradoxical, eh? Likewise, the more specific the feelings, experiences, stories – the more universal they appear. The trick is, what’s completely obvious to you isn’t obvious to anyone else. Many people can tell exactly the same story about exactly the same event, but if each speaks from their authentic point of view, each story will seem “original.”
Written and directed by Roger Allers, the film—which premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival—intersperses Gibran’s poetry within stunning animated sequences by filmmakers Tomm Moore, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar, Michal Socha, Gaëtan Brizzi, Paul Brizzi, Joan C. Gratz and Mohammed Saeed Harib, and features music by Damien Rice, Glen Hansard and Yo-Yo Ma.
Set in a Mediterranean sea-side village, Kamila (Hayek) cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa (Neeson), but the more difficult job is keeping her free-spirited young daughter, Almitra (Wallis), out of trouble. The three embark on a journey meant to end with Mustafa’s return home - but first they must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in his words will incite rebellion.
Since tonight’s both the second night of Hanukkah and the eve of Cephalopodmas, it seemed the perfect time to link to Nina Paley’s animations of the three monsters of Jewish mythology, which she’s working on for her upcoming film Seder Masochism.
Ziz the air monster appears above, Leviathan, the water monster, below. You can also click here to see a video of her extra-stompy land monster, Behemoth.
Paley, a comic artist and intellectual copyright activist, is best known as the creator of Sita Sings the Blues, an animated feature-length retelling of the Ramayana that she distributes under a Creative Commons license.
Watching Sita Sings the Blues. It’s a great movie, highly recommended. Watched for Intro to Mythology class, but would watch anyways. The animation, music, and style are beautiful. Visually stunning. It is a unique a modern spin on the ancient Indian-Hindu myth of the Ramayana. Watch it for free here. Created by Nina Paley.
Nina Paley is a brilliant filmmaker who, if you ever saw it, came to my friends’ and my attention with a great short film called “Sita Sings the Blues,” a modern re-telling of an excerpt from the Hindu romance of Rama and Sita.
This short is something else again, a rapid-but-thorough depiction of the history of the chunk of land between Jordan and the Mediterranean. The song is the theme song to the Sixties movie “Exodus,” about the creation of the state of Israel.
Nina Paley The Golden Calf (Return of the Goddess) US (2015) [Source]
Animator Nina Paley’s hard at work on Seder Masochism, her reimagining of the Book of Exodus. Key to her interpretation is the theory that the worship of the Abrahamic God - a conventionally male deity - involved a vanquishing of mother goddesses and a reining in of women’s freedoms.
She illustrates that pretty damn well in the sequel to this vid, in which an angry Moses comes down from Sinai and necessitates a trigger warning for violence.
It’s got her trademark
charm and slick animation; irreverent humor and cool character design—if you
didn’t realize it after watching Sita Sings the Blues, then this sneak peek
might enlighten you: Nina Paley’sSeder-Masochism is going to be really, really
After you watch, go relax on our Facebook with
us, you’ve been working too hard.
Nina Paley, copyleft advocate and creator of the ever lovely Sita Sings the Blues, takes on the history of Israel/Palestine in this animated short.
Starting with with the first human settlers of the region to the Egyptians, Assyrians and Romans who each controlled it throughout the millennia, she navigates her way down to current day Israelis and Palestinians while focusing on a a fairly simple theme: it’s a perpetual and ongoing battleground.
No Safe Harbor, released January 24th 2012, is a collection of political essays, texts, and discussions that help explain and educate about Pirate Party positions…
…Topics covered include notes on the 4th Amendment, the history of copyright, biopatents, and corporate personhood.
The book is released under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY-NC-SA) and sharing of it is strongly encouraged. To further that, the book is available in a number of DRM-free formats, free of charge. In addition a paperback edition can be purchased through Amazon.com for $9.99
Images: Mimi and Eunice by Nina Paley. Select any to embiggen.