Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Remember that the MAPA blog belongs to you!  If you have a story to share about a project you've worked on or want to promote an event, drop a line to Dylan Dietz at and we'll get it on the blog for you.

Help us promote local animation in every way we can... and don't forget to flex those fingers at the Drawing Frenzy, nearly every Sat. & Sun. at the:

Crossroads Coffee House
310 Southwest Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64108

For more information; got to


Friday, October 26, 2012

Cinema St. Louis Announces Lineup

Courtesy Cinescoop
Cinema St. Louis Announces Lineup
21st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (Nov. 8-18, 2012)
2012 SLIFF posterOctober 25, 2012 - The lights are about to go down, and the stars are getting ready to shine.

The 21st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) will be held Nov. 8-18. SLIFF will screen more than 400 films: 110 narrative features, 73 documentary features, and 226 shorts. This year's festival has a record 209 programs, with 50 countries represented.

The fest will host more than 100 filmmakers and related guests, including honorees Joe Dante (Lifetime Achievement Award), Ross McElwee (Maysles Bros. Lifetime Achievement Award in Documentary), Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (Women in Film Award), and Beau Willimon (Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award).

The festival opens with the St. Louis premiere of "Silver Linings Playbook," a dazzling new comedy by David O. Russell ("The Fighter," "Three Kings"). Starring Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, and Jennifer Lawrence (who's generating significant Oscar® buzz), "Silver Linings Playbook" won the People's Choice Award at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival.

Other prominent films featured in the festival include "A Late Quartet" (SLIFF's Opening Weekend Spotlight Selection), "Hyde Park on the Hudson," "Stand Up Guys," "Jayne Mansfield's Car," "Quartet," "Rust and Bone," "Struck by Lightning," "The Giant Mechanical Man," and "The Sapphires."

The fest schedule, ticket information, and a complete list of films (with descriptions) are available at the Cinema St. Louis Web site (

SLIFF's primary venues are the following theaters:

  • Hi-Pointe Theatre, 1005 McCausland Ave.
  • Plaza Frontenac Cinema, Plaza Frontenac, Lindbergh Boulevard and Clayton Road
  • Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Blvd.
  • Washington University, Brown Hall Auditorium, Forsyth and Skinker boulevards
  • Webster University, Webster Hall's Moore Auditorium, 470 East Lockwood Ave.
  • Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville, Ill.

For more information, the public should visit or call 314-289-4150.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Featurette about "Wreck-It Ralph"

Okay, this film looks interesting, to say the least.

"Wreck-It Ralph" is about a video game character trying to find his own way in the world.

Here's a featurette about the making of the film.

And don't forget to visit your Resident Film Snob to see what I thought of films like "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and, coming soon, "Chicken with Plums."

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

MAPA Animator and Film Maker's Mixer

Just 2 weeks left before the MAPA Animators & Film Makers Mixer at NARA!

Ok MAP-Animaniacs!  It's time for another meeting and this is a BIG one!!! 

MAPA Animator and Film Maker's Mixer
Monday, November 12, 2012
at NARA in the Crossroads
9:00-12:30 p.m.
Hosted by Kansas City's own musician, producer and animator Brodie Rush!
Bring your business cards, best animations and singing voices.  (Karaoke not required.. you can just hang out and find the next voice talent for your animations I guess) 

Nara - A Japanese Robata
1617 Main St. KC, MO 64108

And for those who need a toony fix, here's a sample of Brodie's work----> 

Independent Film Commission of Kansas City Halloween Party

Independent Film Commission of Kansas City Halloween Party
Uptown Arts Bar
3611 Broadway
Kansas City, Missouri 64111


There will be prizes, food, beverages & screenings of horror films by local independent filmmakers.
Party starts at 7:30pm and goes until whenever. $5 cover, or FREE to anyone wearing a costume (preferably as a movie character).

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Contract Flash/AE Job in KC Metro

This is a contract job to cover someone on short term disability. Could be on job for an undetermined period of time. The contractor would need to handle the majority of flash and after effects animation for the shop.

It's a corporate gig so could lead to bigger things.

If your interested in getting more details, call me:

Dylan Dietz
(816) 267-0719