Produced in 1974 for the newly-established Environmental Protection Agency, by Stan Phillips & Associates, a Denver, Colorado-based commercial/industrial production company, this ten-minute theatrical short was my first full-time animation job.

I started as a storyboard artist and assistant to its brilliant political cartoonist/designer Pat Oliphant (gocomics.com/patoliphant/), and to its lead animator, Mike Sanger, but I quickly moved into animating some of my own scenes. Storyboarding, animating, assisting, xeroxing and painting cels, doing camerawork - for me this film was an invaluable ten-month-long classroom experience where I got paid to learn.

Directed by Stan Phillips, from a story cooked up by Stan and Pat, the film accurately portrays through pantomime the basis of our environmental problems: the choices we make, exploiting our various energy slaves to indulge in wish fulfillment without thinking through what's at stake. Almost forty years later, I am still impressed with the film's prescient point of view. It played various festivals (it was shown at the inaugural Telluride Film Festival in August of 1974), won awards for direction and animation from ASIFA-East in 1975, and was distributed to theaters for free at the time, but has been rarely seen since.

Stan Phillips passed away on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, after a long career that encompassed nearly every aspect of the film business. He was my mentor, my teacher, and my friend; and, thanks to the invention of a medium we could barely even imagine in the 70s, the legacy of this earlier work can live on.

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This is a collection of videos ASIFA-East related. From events to signal films to festival winners. ASIFA-East is the Eastern U.S. chapter of ASIFA, based in New York City. ASIFA-East hosts monthly screenings of animated films along with other events of interest to those in the East Coast animation community, as well as fans of the medium.
ASIFA-East also conducts a yearly animation festival, a unique showcase for the most groundbreaking independent and commercial animation being produced in the industry today.
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