For those of you who have only seen Sita Sings the Blues on your computer or from a DVD you have missed half of the experience. It really deserves to be seen in all its glory on a big screen with a good sound system to appreciate what a tour de force Nina Paley has accomplished almost singlehandedly.
For those who have never had the opportunity to see that Nina calls “the Greatest Break-up Story Ever Told” this is about to be rectified in some cities.
If you live in the Bay Area you are in for a double treat because you can see a great film while supporting a wonderful neighborhood theatre that still believes in screening independent films and isn’t afraid to program films that other cinema won’t touch because they are not blockbusters.
I’m not going to write about the film’s story line because I (along with many other writers) have already written so many words about it. If you are unfamiliar with the film and Nina’s long battle to gain the rights to use some of the songs as sung by 1920’s jazz vocalist Annette Hanshaw visit her web site:
The story behind the making of the film is almost as exciting as the animated film itself.
On a personal note, Nik and Nina have collaborated on several films and Nik contributed music for Sita Sings the Blues. Nik and I also have a very warm spot in our hearts for the Red Vic since we performed there regularly when we lived in San Francisco. One of the things that I really miss from the Bay Area is the Red Vic’s popcorn. Take it from me, as a true popcorn aficionado; they have some of the best popcorn that I have even eaten in a theatre!
SITA SINGS the Blues will screen at the Red Vic for 5 days:
May 8th through the 12
Show Times: 7:15, 9:15; also Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 4:00
Tickets: Advance tickets available via http://www.redvicmoviehouse.com
Regular admission $9; Tuesday evenings and 2PM Matinee $6, Seniors (62 and older_ and children (12 and younger) $6 at all times
RED VIC MOVIE HOUSE
1727 Haight Street (between Cole and Shrader) San Francisco, California 94117
GETTING THERE IS EASY: The Red Vic is served directly by Muni Routes 7, 33, 37, 43 and 71. Muni Routes 6 and N Judah come within a few blocks
IF YOU DON’T LIVE IN THE BAY AREA YOU CAN STILL SEE Sita Sings the Blues
Columbus, Ohio – April 17 – 23 – Drexel Theater
Chicago, Illinois – May 1 – 7 – Gene Siskel Film Center
Portland, Oregon – May 8, 9, 12-15, 18, 21 and 22 – Van City Theater
Wilmington, Delaware – May 15 – 17 – Theatre N at Nemours
Lake Worth, Florida – May 15 – 21 – Lake Worth Playhouse
Boston, Massachusetts – June 12-14 – Brattle Theater
Notre Dame, Indiana – July 23-25 – DeBartolo Performing Arts Center