Newsletter 31

Lime is my new favorite flavor of popsicle. I attribute the change to my maturing taste buds. I used to go straight for root beer or cherry but now that I’m a little older and more experienced I
know that lime is the best. It’s funny how tastes change. I wonder if I’ll ever like grape.

Ok, that was a little pointless. It’s just that I’ve developed a Lime fruit bar obsession this week and I can’t seem to think about much else.

Maybe I’ll make a film about limes.

Summer Film Festival

It’s almost time for the JUMP Society Summer Film Festival! The show will run from July 13th-16th at the Silverbow Backroom and feature films created by.. hmmm.. I’m not sure yet.. I hope you’re working on something! The submission deadline is July 1st. Submission forms and guidelines can be found on the following page:

Free tickets for the show will be available the week of July 5th!

Bill Plympton

One of the world’s most talented and successful independent animators, Plympton has a biography that’s difficult to capture in a small newsletter blurb. His short films “Your Face” and “Guard Dog” have been nominated for Academy Awards and he’s created both live action and animated features. He has worked as an illustrator and cartoonist for The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Penthouse, and Rolling Stone and recently animated a music video for Kanye West’s “Heard ‘Em Say.”

Plympton is whole helluva lot of creative accomplishment jam packed into one man and we’re lucky to have him come share his work and speak to us. He gets here on July 28th and we’ll get around to announcing ticket prices and the event location soon so keep your ears to the ground.

In the meantime, check out his cool cartoony website:

Home Grown Animation

This Thursday, June 29th at 7:00pm, there will be a free screening of animated shorts created by students of visiting Vermont animator Meredith Holch. The show will also feature the Alaska premiere of “documation,” a new short film Meredith made about the changes in the landscape and rural lifestyle of Northern Vermont.

Come join Meredith and her class at the Silverbow Bakery Backroom for this special screening!

Philosophers Explore the Matrix

Christopher Grau is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Florida International University who will be hosting a lecture on the philosophy behind films during his visit to Juneau this summer.

He wrote a paper titles “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and the Morality of Memory” and has recently edited the book, “Philosophers Explore The Matrix,” a collection of essays about the underlying philosophical questions in the Matrix trilogy.

The lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, July 25th at the Juneau Public Library. It sounds like a very interesting discussion. I of course mean interesting in the good way, not in the way it is used when describing an uncomfortable blind date.

Film School Report

We’ve been trying to round up stories from the locals who have managed to crawl out of our little fish bowl and explore the world of filmmaking beyond the Juneau. In the first of what we hope are many, Brice Habeger reports back on bright lights, sleepless nights, and the dating scene at film school.

Film School Report – Brice Habeger/


If anyone needs a deadline extension please drop me a line! I’ll send out some more info on the Plympton event and the Summer Film Festival soon so until then keep frantically reloading your inbox.