Sita Sings the Blues by Nina Paley

This one is fantastic: cartoonist extraordinaire Nina Paley has just released her animated feature film Sita Sings the Blues, with 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw.

The story revolves around Sita, a goddess separated from her Lord and husband Rama and the present-day break up of animator Nina whose husband left for India and dumped her by email.

Nina Paley wants to release the animation 100% DRM-free, but in order to do so, she has to raise $50,000 to pay the holders of some of the musical compositions used in the film (you can help here at QuestionCopyright).

Official Website | Watch "The Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told" at Reel13: Link | NY Times article about Sita Sings The Blues - via Super Punch

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zav, difference is that the entire feature has recently been released under the creative commons license. It's also noteworthy because it highlights another story in this long messy saga of copyright "protection" and the debate between protecting and profiting from our art/ideas vs freeing them to inspire others to create their own art/ideas.
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