On June 15th, Chewbone Animation sponsored a private screening of Independent Chicago animation. This was quite an event - probably a few hundred folks showed up, which really showed that there is a strong interest for independent work. "Alien for Christmas" showed, along with 8 other great films. Check out Ben Chow's blog to see the great poster art done for the show.
Here's the marquee. The Portage is a vintage theater, restored recently to preserve it's grandeur.
Here's some of the poster art - B.J. Crawford's wonderful film - "A Time for All Seasonings" and my film.
There was some selling of Sketchbooks and art in the lobby - Here's a shot with Artist Bruno Werneck, Artist Sam Aquino, Artist Jasmin Segarra, and programmer Daren Ng.
A bunch of friends showed up too! Here's a random group in the audience, First Row: Animator Mike Feeney, Animator Kurt Kanellos, Animator Jeff Williams, Programmer Daren Ng, Second Row: Animator Marco Plantilla, Animator John Juarez, Animator Bob Rissetto and his sister Sam. Back Row: Animator John Griffin and friend munching on popcorn.
I really want to thank Joe Merideth, B.J. Crawford, and Lisa Barcy for their hard work putting this together and their consistent passion and support for independent animation. If you have time, check out Mike Owens' blog where he continues to put the Animation community in awe, and expresses the purpose behind Chewbone Animation.