by Jay Blodgett
12, 2008 (ATLANTA) -- The Atlanta Chapter of Association
International du Film d'Animation, aka ASIFA-Atlanta, held its annual
meeting in Atlanta on February 12, 2008. Most of the officers of
the Chapter and a couple dozen members were present for "the opportunity
to fill holes with new blood" according to outgoing president, Joe
Peery. As he proceeded through a list of positions and committees,
discussion prompted a review of the past year, as well as pointed
out goals for the group.
ASIFA Chapters are eligible for non-profit status. However, each
chapter is a separate entity, so it is up to the individual chapters
to pursue this. "Our effort towards non-profit status has fizzled,"
said Peery. However, by the end of the evening, it was decided not
to forgo that goal and they would be taking another go at it. There
was an update from webmaster Jennifer Barclay about plans to update
the ASIFA-Atlanta website (http://asifa-atlanta.com) to provide a way of attaining membership
(currently membership is processed via a printed form and USPS).
The success of the Chapter's participation in International
Animation Day held last October 29 was discussed. The Chapter sponsors
a "Roll Yer Own" program of shorts featuring work from the membership.
This program was submitted to the other
chapters of ASIFA for inclusion in their International Animation
Day screening and the group was pleased to have had their work seen
all over the world. Future screening events were discussed. The
next screening event is a program of WWII shorts, all in 16mm and
curated by C. Martin Croker. The screening will take place on Tuesday,
February 19, starting at 7:30 PM, at the Plaza Theatre on Ponce
de Leon Street.
For the final portion of the meeting, the membership
acted as a caucus to establish the officers for 2008, as well as
filling committees. Brett W. Thompson was selected as President,
and he will be closely assisted by Joe Peery, who continues to represent
ASIFA-Atlanta on the International Board. Vella Torres, who was
unable to attend, will continue in her position as Secretary until
a replacement is found, since she has served in the position for
an exceptional length of time. She will receive significant support
until that time and a successor is announced. Joe Kubesheski will
continue as Treasurer. The Screenings Committee (which is responsible
for the Chapter's screening events) will continue to be manned by
Karl Sigler and Brett W. Thompson.
More information, as well as membership, can be obtained at the
ASIFA-Atlanta website: http://asifa-atlanta.com.