Commentary &Festivals 12 May 2012 05:56 am

ASIFA East – 1980 / Babbitt /

- Howard Beckerman brought a DVD of his home movies of he ASIFA East Animation Festival of 1980. (Actually, I think there are two separate years on this video. People are wearing different clothes in the latter half. However, I can’t be sure.) These are the faces of the crowd who came to those wine and cheese gatherings before the awards. Now, you have sandwiches, wine, beer and soda AFTER the awards. It’s still the place to see a large group of the animation cognoscenti in NY.

I’ve tried to identify as many people as I can and have printed out some stills to do just that. Here are some people to look for.

(L) Candy Kugel / (R) John Canemaker

(L) Russell Calabrese / (R) George Griffin

(L) Carol Millican (center) / (R) John Gati

(L) Tissa David / (R) Sam Magdoff

(L) Nancy Beiman & Dean Yeagle / (R) me, Michael Sporn

(L) Iris Beckerman / (R) Iris Beckerman

(L) Lu Guarnier / (R) Harriette Rauh (right side)

(L) Charles Samu / (R) Will Friedwald & Jerry Beck

(L) Iris Beckerman & Prescott Wright / (R) Sam Magdoff & Irra (Duga) Verbitsky

(L) Francis Lee / (R) Dick Rauh

(L) Don Duga / (R) Joey Ahlbum & Jerry Beck

(L) Dick Rauh / (R) Irwin Lapointe (center w/tie)

(L) Jane Aaron / (R) Charles Samu

(L) Dick Rauh – Pres / Prescott Wright – Guest Speaker

(L) Joey Ahlbum / (R) David Ehrlich & Joey Ahlbum, Chas & Kathy Samu (behind David)

David Ehrlich

Here’s the silent video of the Festival celebrities.
See if you can identify any of those I missed
(and let us know in the comments.)


- Jake Friedman has a blog that’s nothing short of sensational. His entire focus is on the history of Art Babbitt, making the blog’s title, The Art Babbitt Blog, quite appropriate. Having spent some time with Babbitt, it’s interesting to see the picture of the man on this blog.

The material is very meticulous, but there are some really precious pieces on display. I particularly like the drawings displayed from the silent Terry cartoon, “Scene 30″ of the Terrytoon short Chop Suey.


8 Responses to “ASIFA East – 1980 / Babbitt /”

  1. on 13 May 2012 at 8:30 pm 1.morgan said …

    nice clips.

  2. on 13 May 2012 at 10:33 pm 2.Janet Benn said …

    Hi Michael,

    Well, I did see a few more people. I am a checker by trade, after all!

    :04, :47 One I would ask for help with: the woman with the red hair at 0:04 is named Elizabeth: she came to every event and I remember always had to leave to get to her bus to NJ. I believe she was a librarian.

    :19 Ruth Mane first appears at the left side.

    :19, 01:14, and 01:32 (left, behind Lu Guarnier)
    Again, help, the man on the right who always came with Ruth Mane, with the comb-over and beard. He worked at an FX house then went to NBC to do on-air graphics.

    :21 That could be Linda Simensky looking very young on the left edge with a cracker.

    :26 Carol Millican in center.
    Geoffrey Johnson at right, behind her.

    01:17 Bill Plympton, right side.

    01:35, 02:16 Is that Douros on the left?

    01:41 Tony Eastman in the back, looking at the camera

    02:04 Partial Sue Burgos, behind Francis Lee.
    [So good to see Francis Lee – my first film was shot on his stand with Vicky Rosenwald’s help.]

    02:06 Is that Charles Solomon? [Too bad so many heads are cut off.]

    02:33, 02:42 Tony Eastman again, on the left, in profile. He turns. Probably his wife looking at camera?

    03:49 Is that Edward Bakst, with hair and mustache?

    04:00 Judy Price? Or Judy Solomon? Right side near the bottom, third head in.

    04:06 Bryon Moore in profile, very bottom right corner.

  3. on 13 May 2012 at 10:38 pm 3.Michael said …

    Good catch on many of them, Janet. But that’s certainly not Bill Plympton. It was too early for him in animation. He did his first film in 1985, and that’s when he joined ASIFA. In 1980 he was doing his comic strip for The Soho News.

  4. on 15 May 2012 at 10:42 am 4.dee d'andrea said …

    Dick Rauh was in there.

  5. on 25 Jun 2012 at 12:28 am 5.Michael Fleischmann said …

    I’m the one with the beard and combover! Still at NBC after 25+ years. I still think my five years at IF Studios were my most creative and most satisfying.

  6. on 25 Jun 2012 at 5:14 am 6.Michael said …

    Sorry, Michael. You’ll have to give me a bit more for me to ID which photo you’re in. Thanks.

  7. on 25 Jun 2012 at 7:57 pm 7.Michael Fleischmann said …

    I’m at the very end as well, sitting in the audience between Richard Laslo (Cel King) and Judy Price.

  8. on 25 Jun 2012 at 8:10 pm 8.Michael Fleischmann said …

    The blond lady with Lu Guarnier is Ruth Rabbit (as I recall).

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