NIK & NANCY are having a garage sale (surprise, surprise!!!!) . . . Come see
what new treasures will be unearthed in our basement . . .Something for
everyone . . . from an opera Supernumery Breast Plate to vintage clothing
and household gadgets (a couple we are still trying to guess what they are).
WEATHER PERMITTING!!!!!! CANCELED IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER
2066 30th Avenue (between Pacheco & Quintara)
If you don't need anything just come by and say hello . . .
AND don't forget Thanksgiving Dinner here! -- bring something to eat or
drink to share and non perishable food for the food bank barrel!!!
If you receive this and ARE NOT interested in animation PLEASE NO NOT come
to the party!!!! This is an ASIFA event and everyone is welcome... but if
you just want to come to a party at our house - wait until Thanksgiving
Nik and Nancy
Thursday, November 3 8:15 PM
San Francisco State's Coppola Auditorium, Fine Arts 101 Free and Public
to a special
SCREENING OF ANIMATION BY
ONE OF NEW YORK'S HOTTEST ANIMATION DIRECTORS
Our reception and screening for PES will include his award winning ROOF SEX
plus several amazing stop-motion commercials (and we do mean amazing!!!).
His "Coinstar Shoe" ad just won Best Animated commercial at Ottawa. You can
see lots of work by PES at eatPES.com, but the excitement will be greater on
a big screen at SF state with a receptive audience.
Each year when Nik and I arrive in Annecy, France for the 45th Annecy International Festival of Animation, I cast longing looks at the beautiful blue waters of Lake Annecy with the back drop of majestic alps and I know that for the next 6 days I will only get fleeting glimpses of the scenic
wonders that have made Annecy world famous as a vacation destination. The sacrifice is well worth it, however, to have the opportunity to see 230 films representing 36 countries. With all of the festival's problems (and there are many!), it is still a rare opportunity to view animation that will never be seen in the United States.
Although I thought that the overall quality of the films was not as strong as in some past years, there were certainly some exceptions. John Canemaker's autobiographical film The Moon And The Son: An Imagined Conversation utilizes drawing on paper to let us become totally immersed in the turbulent terrain of a father/son dynamic as seen through John's relationship with his father. Although very different in style, this film had the same emotional impact on me that Dennis Tupicoff's works have.
Each year the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, held at Annecy, France in June, plays host to two Junior Juries. Ranging in age from 10 to 15 years old, four young people traveled from Vold, Norway to France with Gunnar Strom from the Vold University College/Vold Animation Workshop to spend the week watching films with the adult audience.
The 2005 Norwegian group was comprised of Tale Burgess Øyehaug and Ragnhild Dybdal Øie, who judged short films, and Asne Burgess Øyehaug and Ashild Dybdal Øie, who viewed graduation films, two pairs of sisters who have worked with the Vold Animation Workshop as part of their studies at the Amas Primary School. For the past 15 years, the Vold Animation Workshop has arranged workshops around Volda on an irregular basis, and all four girls have attended the one week work shop that Strom conducts annually. Following in the footsteps of the first Junior Jury from Russia and France in 2000, they were joined by an equal number of French students from the AAA (l’Atelier de Cinema d’Annecy et de la Haute-Savoie). Representing the AAA were Thibault Allombert and Louise Garcia in the short film category and Vincent Blanc-Tailleur and Quentin Deronzier in the graduation film category. Channel J and AAA sponsor the attendance of the Junior Jury at Annecy. Ingeborg Dybdal Øie, older sister of Ragnhild and Ashild, traveled from London where she studies to act as translator. The older jurors were able to use English as their working languages, but the younger members did not feel that they could fully express themselves in a foreign language according to Ingeborg and so she acted as the interpreter. She was amazed that it took the younger jury over two hours of intense debating to reach their decision, while the older jury reached their decision relatively quickly. The final Junior Jury decisions must be unanimous, so after many votes and vetoes, a unanimous decision was finally reached. In the end the young jurors realized that compromises had to be made so that everyone would agree on one film and after they finally reached a decision all four students felt that they had learned a great deal about listening to one another and putting their own strong opinions aside to come to a consensus.
Nik and I will leave 15 September for two weeks in the Ukraine for the
KROKInternational Festival of Animation. We will also spend a week
performing in the Boarders Area of Scotland and be guests of the
Co-Operative Young Film Makers Festival in the Lake Country of England
where we have been invited to present a program of music driven animation
and play some intense rounds of Mini Golf before we head back to San
The following two articles which I wrote will appear in the September issue
of the ASIFA newsletter and if you are not part of our animation community I
won't be upset if you skip them.
To our European friends -- I hope we cross paths in our travels and to SF
pals -- see you in October.
ASIFA-SF, SCREEN 360 AND CATAPULT PRODUCTIONS (KATY KAVANAUGH) INVITE YOU TO
A RECEPTION - SCREENING - PARTY
HONORING GERMAN ANIMATOR FELIX GONNERT
Friday, July 29, 7:30 PM
Felix is a guest of SCREEN 360: FILMS FOR CHILDREN OF THE WORLD (for
audiences of all ages) at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Saturday, July 30.
His work Lucia (9-minutes) will be shown at 1 PM with Tornehekken (Hedge of
Thorens, an animated short from Norway) and Bazi (Play from Iran).
Please join us as we welcome Felix to San Francisco at the home of Nik and
Nancy Phelps, 2066 30th Avenue, SF. Food will be catered by Botany Bay.
Guests are invited to contribute something special to drink, like German
beers, wines and mineral waters.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY ONLY -- July 8th & 9th -- Nik and Nancy are bringing
out treasures that are looking for a whole new life at your home. Quite a
bit of everything and something for everyone -- or just come by to say Hi!!!
2066 30th Avenue
San Francisco (between Pacheco & Quintara in the lovely Sunset District)
We've been in Europe for a month but while we were gone the trash didn't
stop piling up, so it's time for all of us to go out and make Mother Earth
smile!!!! Sunday, July 10th we'll take to the tarmac to discover what
wonders the highway drivers have left for us. Meet at our house at 9:00 AM
for brunch, the watching of the safety film, and suiting up into our "safety
Info: call Nancy at 415/681-3189.
P.S. Garage sale here on Friday and Saturday!!!!
CELEBRATE THE 4th OF JULY IN THE MOST PATRIOTIC STYLE!!!! Join Nik and
Nancy for a picnic in Dolores Park and watch the new SF Mime Troupe show.
Picnic starts at 11:00 AM, the Mime Troupe show at 2:00 PM. Bring something
to eat or drink to share -- we'll arrive at 9:00 AM to meet the Mime Troupe
truck and stake out prime real-estate... so look for us in the center of the
crowd. See you there!!!!
THURSDAY, JUNE 30 7:00 PM. NIK PHELPS AT THE BALBOA THEATRE
SPROCKET ENSEMBLE'S NIK PHELPS TO PROVIDE ORIGINAL MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT FOR
1919 Shackelton Endurance Expedition film.
On Thursday, June 30, Nik Phelps will provide a unique musical accompaniment
to SOUTH, the amazing movie made in 1919 by Ernest Shackleton about his
Endurance Expedition to Antarctica. The screening and performance will be at
the Balboa Theatre at 7:00pm.
Also on the program will be the Oscar nominated PEOPLE OF THE WIND.
SOUTH: Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition (1919)
When the Endurance was trapped by pack ice, the crew drifted on ice floes
for months before Ernest Shackleton and five of his men made a miraculous
850-mile boat journey to safety. One of the greatest epics in the history of
exploration, this is the original 1919 film produced by Shackleton and Frank
Hurley. (88 min)
(3:05), 7:00 Nik Phelps provides live musical accompaniment at the 7pm
PEOPLE OF THE WIND (1976)
To survive, the Bakhtiari tribe must make an eight-week, 200-mile trip to
the mountain pastures. An astonishing epic of the one of the most grueling
migrations in the world, "People of the Wind" was an Oscar® nominee for Best
Documentary. (110 min)
(12:55), 4:50, 8:45
Nik and Nancy are back from the Annecy International Festival of Animation -- it was wonderful to see old friends and make lots of new ones -- I'll write a separate article about Annecy in a week or so so that anyone who isn't interested in animation (although I can't imagine who that would be) won't have to read it.
We return to San Francisco just in time to host a party for renowned Australian animator Dennis Tupicoff. THIS IS A PARTY FOR ANIMATION PEOPLE - NOT ONE OF OUR MASSIVE PARTIES, but if you are from the animation world, please come and meet Dennis. He has been in Los Angeles where a retrospective of his work was screened and is coming up to visit Nik and I for a few days.
NIK PHELPS PERFORMS HIS SCORE FOR WINGS!!!! SUNDAY, MAY 15th at the
If you missed it at the Balboa Theatre, in Point Arena or on our performance
tour of Scotland, you have one more chance to see and hear Nik and pianist
Frederick Hodges perform Nik's score to the 1926 Academy Award winning film
WINGS, staring Clara Bow, Buddy Rodgers & Richard Arlen, is still as strong
an anti-war film as it was when it was originally made, with exceptional
acting by a superb cast.
Dr. Hal Robbins will MC the evening, giving us all an added treat with his
remarkable and witty store of knowledge.
ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY!!! 8:00 P.M.
COME CLEAN THE HIGHWAY WITH NIK & NANCY -- Spring is here so let's take to
the highway to do something for Mother Nature (and ourselves too!!!
Sunday, April 24th. We meet at our house at 9:00 AM for brunch, watch the
safety film and then take to the highway for a couple of hours of good clean
fun!!! Be sure to save time afterward for the Bar-B-Que in our beautiful
back yard and even stick around for the evening film. Be sure to wear long
pants and good walking shoes. Questions??? meeting address???? call Nancy
at 415/ 681-3189
Nik And Nancy need a house-sitter during Annecy May 24 - June 15. To all of
our friends around the world - here's your chance to come to San Francisco.
It's time to roam Europe in search of new animation, and while we're away in
France, we need a dependable person to enjoy our house and great back yard
in these times of global warming. We will be gone from May 24 until June 15,
and basically need for the person to walk our elderly dogs a few times a day
and feed them. Other than that, there will be some great weather to sit in
our back yard and create, party, or whatever.
Get in touch with us soon if you would like to take advantage of a great
house in the Sunset District of San Francisco.
Sunday, March 13, 2005 SPROCKET ENSEMBLE- HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP
Expand your spring cleaning to the stretch of highway 35 that the Sprocket
Ensemble has adopted. Have fun, meet your fellow Sprocketeers
and give nature a hand.
Call Nancy at (415) 681-3189 for details.
SUNDAY, February 27th Celebrate 79 years of Movies at the Balboa Theatre
Don't miss the rare opportunity to hear Nik Phelps perform his new original
score for the 1926 Greta Garbo classic TORRENT. Accompanying Nik will be
the incomparable pianist Frederick Hodges. In true 1926 movie fashion there
will be a vaudeville show featuring magician James Hamilton, Ms. Suzanne
(Kitten on the Keys) Ramsey on piano and witty vocals, a newsreel and Nik
and Frederick having musical fun with a cartoon.All this and prizes and
Birthday Cake too!!!!
SUNDAY, February 27 1:00 PM
Balboa Theatre - 3630 Balboa Street (at 37th Avenue) in San Francisco
The sun is out, and we're over the flu - SO... we're doing our next big yard
Sat. and Sun. 9 til 4.
Speaker stands, furniture, bike, books and all - they're out and ready to
2066 30th Ave. at Quintara in San Francisco
Nik and the Ensemble have two public performances coming up:
Feb. 27 at the Balboa theater at a gala celebration of the 78th anniversary
of the theater, Nik and pianist Frederick Hodges will perform Nik's new
score to the Greta Garbo film Torrent.
March 4 and 5 Nik and the Sprocket Ensemble will perform to new European
animation in San Francisco and Oakland - March 4 at Varnish Gallery in SF
and March 5 at 21 Grand in Oakland. More details later.
Hello to all our friends here and abroad. Sorry to say, but Nancy has the
flu that's going around San Francisco right now, so we're postponing the
sale til next good weather. Sorry we'll miss you this weekend.
Nancy and Nik
Saturday and Sunday, January 22 and 23 look like they will be beautiful so
Nik and Nancy are taking to their front lawn and driveway with lots of good
stuff . . .Treasures range from speaker stands and a microwave table to
costumes, cookware and lots of fun stuff.
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM SALE CANCELLED IN CASE OF
RAIN OR COLD WEATHER!!!!!!!!!!
2066 30th Avenue(Pacheco & Quintara)
Due to the continuing reports of impending rain for the weekend Nik and I
are holding our first house sale -- vintage hats, gloves, selected clothing
, costumes, kitchenware and many other household items. This sale is only
for our mailing list NOT FOR DEALERS OR THE PUBLIC AT LARGE!!! PLEASE DO
NOT POST TO CRAIGSLIST!!!!!! If you have been to our parties and have had
you eye on something special in our house this might be your chance to take
it home with you.
Saturday and Sunday, January 8 & 9 (yep Nik's birthday!!!)
12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM (dear friends, PLEASE Do Not arrive early)
2066 30th Avenue
San Francisco (between Pacheco & Quintara)