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MUSIC: Phish Celebrates NYE & 30 Years on David Gallo's JEMP Truck at MSG 

Jam band Phish rang in 2014 at Madison Square Garden on New Year’s Eve, playing atop a recreation of their JEMP truck set designed by featured stated artist and contributor—and renowned scenic designer, David Gallo.

Gallo shared the video above from the show in his New Year’s greeting this week, offering…

With a nod to the past and a glimpse into the future, the band played atop their famous JEMP truck in the center of MSG enveloped by their loyal fans.  May we all be surrounded by such love in 2014.

Be sure to check out our profile interview with David Gallo, where he touches on his work with Phish and beyond, as well as his “Scenic Designers’ Roundtable” series here on stated.


FILM: Eric Power Completes 'Path of Blood' Full-Length Cut Paper Animated Feature

Nearly two years ago, we profiled self-taught animator and fillmaker Eric Power, who was then in the middle of work on his first full-length, “cut paper” animated feature, Path of Blood. We were thrilled to hear from Eric last week that he’s completed the film in its entirety. We’re honored to share the first trailer here and if you haven’t yet witnessed his fascinating, visceral (and sometimes graphic) style of animation, take a peek. Also be sure to check out his other projects at, including a recent animated save the date for his own wedding

Congratulations to Eric—on his engagement and on completing this exciting project.

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MUSIC: 2013 Exit Zero International Jazz Festival Wraps Successful 2nd Edition

Exit Zero(Marc Cary Focus Trio)

The 2nd annual Exit Zero International Jazz festival bowed Veteran’s Day weekend in Cape May, NJ highlighted by an especially strong Saturday lineup that featured both jazz legends and emerging talents and everything from salsa to vocal jazz to Afrosoul.  

Motema Music, the Harlem-based indie label that has scored hits recently with records by Gregory Porter, Pedrito Martinez Group and others, is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2013, and Motema artists were out in number at Exit Zero. Pianist Marc Cary, fronting a slightly retooled version of his Focus Trio, played a powerful set that showcased his virtuoso chops and his ability to craft rhythmically-complex compositions that marry elements from a wide-range of influences, including post-bop, classical, Indian music and hip-hop.

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MUSIC: 2013 Exit Zero International Jazz Festival Hits Cape May

Bassist Christian McBride and Inside Straight perform at the 2012 Exit Zero International Jazz Festival

Long known for its summertime beaches and gingerbread Victorians, Cape May, NJ now has an attraction to lure visitors in normally blustery November: the Exit Zero International Jazz Festival, which kicks off next Friday 11/8 with performances by Grammy-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves, up-and-coming pianist Aaron Diehl, and others. Reeves and co-headliner Eddie Palmieri, who performs two sets on Saturday 11/9, top a lineup that includes jazz notables Kenny Garrett, Joe Locke, Charnett Moffett, and Henry Butler, along with emerging talents like vocalist Robin McKelle and percussionist and composer Jaimeo Brown, whose 2013 debut Transcendence has critics buzzing. A complete lineup and ticket information is available via the festival’s website at

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FILM: Bushwick Film Festival Opens, Screens 'Sion Fullana: Camera Obscura'

The BFF Team: From LEFT: Alison Underwoood, Social Media Intern; Melanie Balousek, Community Outreach Director; Kweighbaye Kotee, CEO/Director of Programming; Meenakshi Thirukode, Director of New Media; Casey Johnson, Director of Marketing and Social Media

Stated is honored that our short documentary, Sion Fullana: Camera Obscura, was named an Official Selection of the Sixth Annual Bushwick Film Festival.

The Festival runs through Sunday at Lightspace Studios in Bushwick and includes films from over 80 participants.

Saturday’s program includes a presentation and panel discussion of new media projects plus screenings of feature films Boxie, writer/director Nick Frangione’s drama about the complicated relationship between two therapists, and Una Noche, director Lucy Mulloy’s narrative about a Cubano youth’s dream of escaping to Miami. Presented by Spike Lee, Una Noche won acclaim earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival where it captured awards for Best Actor, Best Cinematography, and Best New Narrative Director.

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