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iFFY 2023 is Just Around the Corner

Award-winning animator Gary Schwartz will present ‘Kinda iFFY’ – his ‘Overhead Projection Shadow Puppet Animation Workshop,’ a hands-on lab for creative inquiry into time-based media; the Independent Film Festival Ypsilanti runs April 19-22.

Independent Film Festival Ypsilanti (iFFY) 2023 is an annual event that draws and develops diverse audiences for mind-expanding, independent movies in downtown Ypsilanti, MI. The event runs from April 19-22 at the Riverside Arts Center; the program schedule and tickets are now available on the iFFY website.

In a nod towards the growth and nurturing of the local filmmaking community, festival goers will have a chance to learn the tools and tricks of the trade at various talks and classes - don’t miss the recently announced workshop:

"Kinda iFFY" - Overhead Projection Shadow Puppet Animation Workshops:

Saturday, April 22 | 2:30-5:30 pm | $30 – get tickets here.

Sunday, April 23 | 2:30-5:30 pm | $30 – get tickets here.

Led by award-winning animator, director, artist, and educator Gary Schwartz, the workshop will immerse participants in the theory and practice of animation in a hands-on, process-oriented laboratory for creative inquiry into time-based media. It will cover direct and handmade processes/techniques, and students will develop animation concepts and skills through the course's focus areas. In addition, students will complete a collaborative short film. Teens are welcome.

* Editor’s Note: Don’t forget to ask Gary about the 3D photos he took of Don Knotts years ago at the Toronto airport.

About the instructor:

A director, artist, and educator, Schwartz conducts intensive hands-on Kinetic Visual Storytelling Animation workshops for elementary, middle, and high schools, and undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, and professional training. In addition, he has also led his workshop in various settings, including film festivals; museums; summer camps; community centers; N.G.O.s; prisons; and psychiatric hospitals.

Through Single Frame Films, Schwartz’s company, he has produced, designed, and directed animation for Disney, Sesame Street, MTV, Fox Television, and The Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In addition, he is a lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Art & Design. His kinetic cinema sculptures, installations and films have been exhibited internationally in major museums and galleries.

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.