Calendar of Events

March 27, 2014

Animation Meet & Greet

Spring 2014 ASIFA Portland
Animation Meet & Greet!

Thursday, March 27th 7pm
Lucky Lab Beer Hall
1945 NW Quimby St.

It’s time for our first Meet & Greet of 2014! Join us at the Lucky Lab Beer Hall (In Northwest) to grab a pint, share some stories, catch up on things and maybe meet some new faces. We’d love to hear what fun stuff you’d like to see ASIFA Portland make happen this year. Everyone is welcome! Let’s hang out and all talk about animation.

Start: March 27, 2014 7:00 pm
End: March 27, 2014 11:00 pm
Venue: Lucky Labrador Brew Pub Quimby
1945 NW Quimby St, Portland

December 18, 2013

Persistence of Vision

On Wednesday December 18th at 7:30pm, the new documentary Persistence of Vision screens at the Hollywood Theatre. Advance tickets are here.

Striving to make the best animated film of all time, visionary animator Richard Williams (Oscar-winning animation director of Who Framed Roger Rabbit) toiled for more than three decades on his masterpiece, The Thief and the Cobbler – only to have it torn from his hands.

Filmmaker Kevin Schreck has woven together mind-blowing animation, rare archival footage, and exclusive interviews with key animators and artists who worked with Williams on his ill-fated magnum opus to bring this legendary, forgotten chapter of cinema history to the screen for the very first time.

A tale of creative genius gone horribly awry, Persistence of Vision is the untold story of the greatest animated film never made.

Persistence of Vision
Wednesday December 18
7:30pm – one night only!
Hollywood Theatre
4122 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97212

Start: December 18, 2013
End: December 18, 2013
Venue: Hollywood Theatre
4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR, United States, 97212
Cost: $8 general admission

December 7, 2013

How to Finish an Animated Film: Featuring Mike A. Smith’s “Cooped”, Temris Ridge’s “Zombie Fairy”, work from Sam Niemann, and more!

ASIFA Portland presents:

How to Finish an Animated Film:
Mike A. Smith’s “Cooped”,
Temris Ridge’s “Zombie Fairy”,
work from Sam Niemann, and more!

Saturday, Dec 7th, 7pm
5th Avenue Cinema

510 SW Hall St, Portland

Cost: Free!*

Come enjoy a screening of works in progress and a discussion of the process of starting and finishing an animated film on your own time. The evening will include: a screening and discussion by Mike A. Smith on his film “Cooped”, a presentation by Temris Ridge on her film, “Zombie Fairy”, and work by Sam Niemann. More presenters to be announced in the near future. Please join us for ASIFA Portland’s last get-together of the year!

*This presentation is free and open to the public. Please consider supporting ASIFA Portland by joining or renewing your membership, bringing a few dollars donation, or buying a T-shirt.

Visit the Facebook event for updates!

From Mike A. Smith's "Cooped"

From Temris Ridge's "Zombie Fairy"

Start: December 7, 2013 7:00 pm
End: December 7, 2013 9:00 pm
Venue: 5th Avenue Cinema
510 SW Hall St, Portland

November 19, 2013

Ernest & Celestine screening with Benjamin Renner

GKIDS and ASIFA Portland proudly present ERNEST & CELESTINE, the César Award-winning animated feature and Official Selection of the Cannes International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and Los Angeles Film Festival. Based on the popular books by Belgian author Gabrielle Vincent, ERNEST & CELESTINE tells the tale of an unlikely friendship that spans worlds and species, recreating the books’ lush and expressive watercolor illustrations.

Director Benjamin Renner is flying in from France to give a unique presentation about the making of the film. This exclusive, one-time-only event takes place prior to the American release of the film.

Ernest & Celestine Screening with Benjamin Renner
Tuesday Nov. 19 @ 7:00pm
Cinema 21
616 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209
ASIFA Portland members only – FREE!

This members-only event is FREE for current ASIFA members — which includes all employees of LAIKA, Bent Image Lab, SuperGenius, and PNCA animation students. If your membership card is past-date, be sure to rejoin now: click here to join ASIFA Portland.

watch the Ernest & Celestine film trailer

The Story: Celestine is a young mouse who lives in the underground world of rodents. At the orphanage where she lives, the caretaker tells scary stories about the evil nature of the bears that live in the outside world, though Celestine doubts the stories are entirely true. She loves to draw but must soon study dentistry, the occupation all rodents hold. In preparation, she must travel above ground to collect bear cubs’ lost teeth from underneath pillows. On one such occasion, the cub’s family catches Celestine in the act and chase her into a trash can where she spends the night. The next morning, a destitute and starving bear named Ernest discovers Celestine and attempts to eat her. When she convinces him not to and leads the way to a cellar full of food, an unlikely bond forms between the two. But as they soon discover, not everyone – above ground or below – is so accepting of their unprecedented friendship.

About the Film: Ernest & Celestine (French: Ernest et Célestine) is a 2012 French-Belgian animated filmdirected by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner. The film is based on a series of children’s books of the same name published by the Belgian author and illustrator Gabrielle Vincent.

The film was selected to be screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, as part of the TIFF Kids programme at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and at the 2013 Hong Kong International Film Festival. It was selected for the grand competition at feature film edition of the 2013 World festival of animated film Animafest Zagreb and was screened as the opening film. The film will be released in the United States in 2013 by GKIDS.

(source: wikipedia)

Start: November 19, 2013 7:00 pm
End: November 19, 2013 9:30 pm
Venue: Cinema 21
616 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR, United States, 97209

November 9, 2013

ASIFA presents an Evening with David Daniels

On Saturday Nov. 9, please join us for a stirring presentation about the art, business and life-in-animation of local pioneer David Daniels. He’ll present personal work history with verbal and visual stories, and bring some displays of his own innovative methods for making things move in unusual and utterly fascinating ways. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to take in some living local art history and get inspired about the future of art in animation!

$3 General Admission
FREE for ASIFA members

Start: November 9, 2013 7:00 pm
End: November 9, 2013 9:00 pm
Venue: 5th Avenue Cinemas
510 SW Hall St, Portland, 97201

November 6, 2013

Animated Arts PDX: Gallery Show and Drink & Draw

Come join us for a celebration of art, animation and drawing! Animated Arts PDX is a one-night-only exhibition of creations by local animators and illustrators — PLUS a fantastic revue of live performrs gathered together for a unique “drinking and drawing” party upstairs. There will be hoopers, a juggler, a contortionist and Aikido demonstrations!

(Don’t forget to bring along your own art supplies to participate in all the fun!)

Animated Arts PDX
Wednesday November 6
@ Analog Cafe
720 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

8:30pm Opening Reception
9:30pm-12midnight Inebriate and Animate

FREE admission
Drink and Draw (upstairs): $10

Gallery Show features artwork by:

Drink & Draw features live performances by:

  • Austin Wilde
  • Bridgetown Revue
  • Erin Nilles
  • Surreal DeSade
  • Trip the Dark
  • Valkyrie Macabre

Hooping by:

  • Rage Hoops
  • Shell Bell
  • Shpongled Hoops

And also:

  • Contortionist Brittany M. Walsh
  • Juggler Curt Carlyle
  • Aikido Demontrations by Multnomah Aikikai

Visit the Animated Arts PDX Facebook Event Page
Visit the “Drink & Draw in Portland” Meetup Page

Start: November 6, 2013 8:30 am
End: November 6, 2013 11:55 pm
Venue: Analog Cafe
720 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR, United States, 97214

November 3, 2013

2013 Animation Show of Shows!

It’s that time of year again! Ron Diamond is bringing a cream-of-the-crop batch of new animated shorts to Cinema 21. The show takes place at 10:30am this Sunday, November 3…. Don’t forget about Daylight Savings Time!

FREE! Come for the animation, migrate to McMenamins afterwards for a nosh. For more info on what you’ll see, click the pic!

Start: November 3, 2013 10:30 am
End: November 3, 2013 11:55 am
Venue: Cinema 21
616 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR, United States, 97209

October 12, 2013

More About Goofy: Pinto Colvig, Oregon Animation Pioneer

ASIFA Portland and Oregon Cartoon Institute present…

More About Goofy: Pinto Colvig, Oregon Animation Pioneer

“I didn’t know when I was going to school whether I wanted to be a clown, draw cartoons, write, hobo, or be a musician. So I wrapped it all up and made stew out of it.” Pinto Colvig

Born in Jacksonville, Oregon in 1892, Vance DeBar “Pinto” Colvig is best known for providing the voice of Goofy, Bozo the Clown, Practical Pig in The Three Little Pigs, and Sleepy & Grumpy in Snow White. His fame as a voice artist during the second half of his life overshadows the pioneering animation he created at the beginning of his career. He died in 1967.

Medford historian Ben Truwe is coming to Portland on Oct. 12 to tell us what he knows about Pinto’s early life and career. He will share selections from his collection of Pinto’s work, and Oregon Cartoon Institute film archivist Dennis Nyback will do the same.

Admission free for ASIFA members and for students.

Admission $3.00 for non-ASIFA members and for non-students.

Pinto began performing on stage as a child in Jacksonville and Medford. He dropped out of OSU to join a circus, then worked as a newspaper cartoonist in Nevada and in San Francisco. Performing chalk talks in vaudeville prepared him to enter the brand new field of animation.

Nothing survives of his 1915 animated feature, Creation, except five 35mm frames, housed in the Southern Oregon Historical Society. His animation also made early use of color film, as in his 1919 Pinto’s Prizma Comedy Revue. Pinto moved to Hollywood in 1923, working first for Mack Sennett, then Walt Disney.

The evening will contain films and a presentation by Ben Truwe. Dennis Nyback will supply archival back up. As with all Oregon Cartoon Institute events, the presentation will be followed by Q & A.

Saturday October 12 @ 7:00pm
5th Avenue Cinema
510 SW Hall St.
Portland, OR 97201

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Start: October 12, 2013 7:00 pm
End: October 12, 2013 9:00 pm
Venue: 5th Avenue Cinema
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510 SW Hall St., Portland, OR, United States, 97201