There are not too many must-attend animation events for animation history buffs in New York, but tonight promises to be one of them. ASIFA-East and the School of Visual Arts will present a retrospective celebration of Perpetual Motion Pictures, one of the major NY commercial animation studios of the 1970s. The event is bittersweet because both of the studio’s founders—Buzz Potamkin and Hal Silvermintz—passed away in the past year.
The event begins at 7PM at the SVA theater (333 West 23rd Street, between 8th and 9th Ave in Manhattan). Admission is FREE!
Tom Warburton (creator, Kids Next Door) will moderate the panel of Perpetual Motion veterans, including Mordi Gerstein (who also worked at UPA-LA), and four other artists who got their starts at Perpetual: Russell Calabrese, Candy Kugel, JJ Sedelmaier and Thomas Schlamme (exec producer, The West Wing, Studio 60). Photos of many of the artists can be viewed on the ASIFA-East website. Other Perpetual veterans, including NY legends like Vinnie Bell, Rose Eng and Doug Crane are also scheduled to be in attendance. In other words, DON’T MISS THIS!