Independent animation distributor GKIDS is set to host a benefit event for the “insanely talented” Nina Paley with a work-in-progress screening of her new animated feature, Seder-Masochism, at the IFC Center in New York City on Thursday, April 21, the day before Passover. Targeted towards the more mature market, the event will be held on Thursday, April 21 at 7.30 pm and will treat audiences to free matzoh (happy Passover!) and a Q&A with Paley, the multiple award-winning indie animation director behind ‘Sita Sings the Blues’. All proceeds from the event will help assist Paley complete her ambitious and highly admirable project.
Following in the style of ‘Sita Sings the Blues’, Paley’s second feature-length project is an animated musical epic derived from the story of the Exodus and narrated with real-life recordings of Passover Seders. The IFC screening will feature over 40 minutes of the so-far completed core musical scenes, promising goats, plagues, death, idols, commandments and “unsubtle phallic imagery.”
Info and tickets are available here. You can also make a tax-deductible donation to the project and get sweet benefactor swag like an “Angel O’Death” t-shirt, signed prints, on-screen credit for the completed film and entry to a semi-kosher VIP Seder with Paley (on April 22) through the Seder-Masochism Kickstarter campaign.