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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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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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PERFORMANCE: The Actors' Roundtable: "Talkbacks"

Actors Roundtable
Actors' Roundtable

For 12 weeks, Paden Fallis posed one question each week to a group of professional working actors from a variety of backgrounds in an effort to dig a bit deeper into their artistic working processes.

In this second series of 12, an expanded group of actors explores where their art fits into the larger cultural context.


A “talkback” of sorts happened on January 5th, 1935 in New York City. The Group Theatre was performing Clifford Odet’s Waiting for Lefty to an unsuspecting audience. As Group member Harold Clurman recalls in his book, The Fervent Years, this performance was an event “to be noted in the annals of American theatre.” Actor and audience became one, as the audience hung on every word, shouting their approval, applauding, whistling, and cajoling as they became caught up in the show before them. They left the theatre unified, inspired by what they had just seen, eager to enact change in the world around them. 

We have talkbacks today as well. From where I stand, they are soulless, contrived, and add nothing to the experience. However, they have become a staple in modern theatre. If there is a show, there must be a “talkback” scheduled afterwards for the patrons to ask any and all questions of the actors and design team. These talkbacks appear to be with us until the bitter end.

So, help me here. How do we fix talkbacks? Or, do they need fixing?

- Paden Fallis, Performing Arts Contributing Editor


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Actor Brea Grant: 'I'm usually the bookish girl with glasses.'


PERFORMANCE: The Actors' Roundtable: "Humility" (Part 2)

Actors Roundtable

For the past 12 weeks, Paden Fallis has posed one question each week to a group of professional working actors from a variety of backgrounds. Our goal is not to demystify the work of the actor or explore their careers, but to dig a bit deeper into their artistic working process. This is part 1 of 2 in the final question of this initial series.


If there’s one thing I love to see in the work of an actor, it is sincerity. If there is one thing I hate seeing, it is arrogance. I’ve always believed that the only way to approach the work is with a healthy belief in your own abilities combined with an even healthier dose of humility towards the work. All of you in this roundtable are accomplished, talented, and serious about the work you do. You’ve all experienced great successes and accolades. Your passion and commitment are why you were chosen for this ongoing discussion.

So, the final question posed to you is this: how do you stay humble? 

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