Joanna Davidovich Premieres ‘Monkey Rag’ Online

Joanna Davidovich is a freelance animator based in Atlanta, Georgia. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, she has been working as an animator, designer, and storyboard artist on commercials, on-air content, and TV shows since 2005. Her animated short film “Monkey Rag”, which debuts online this afternoon, has been making the festival rounds since it was completed last July.

Animation Breakdown’s Alex McDonald and Kevin Sukho Lee on Launching A New Festival

The Los Angeles indie animation event of the season takes place tomorrow, Saturday March 8th, at The Cinefamily. Animation Breakdown Roundup! is a collection of over two dozen shorts by seasoned indie stars (Vince Collins, Emily Hubley), current filmmakers (Kirsten Lepore, Takeshi Murata, Devin Flynn, Allison Schulnik, Galen Pehrson, Amy Lockhart, Matt & Paul Layzell, Garrett Davis, Charles Huettner, Caleb Wood, Alex Schubert) and next-wavers (Peter Millard, Sean Buckelew, Quique Rivera Rivera.)

Listen to Lotte Reiniger and Rebecca Sugar Discuss Animation

For those of you still feeling sedentary after the holidays or just looking for some weekend inspiration, listen to these two interviews with Lotte Reiniger and Rebecca Sugar. They each have accomplished an important first in animation: Lotte Reiniger was the first woman to direct an animated feature, and Rebecca Sugar was the first solo woman creator of a TV series at Cartoon Network. These milestones are separated by 87 years, which says a lot about both how far animation has come and how far it still has to go.

“Croods” Directors Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders on Making An Ensemble Film

When the server enters the drawing room of the Crosby Hotel, Kirk DeMicco’s eyes begin to dance, “Mini desserts are coming! Many, many mini desserts!” Both DeMicco (“Racing Stripes,” “Space Chimps”) and Chris Sanders (“Lilo & Stitch,” “How to Train Your Dragon”) are in New York to take part in a presentation on the making of “The Croods,” the animated film that they directed for Dreamworks earlier this year, which went on to gross nearly $600 million worldwide.