Ten Years of PopCult
Today is the tenth anniversary of The PopCult Blog, written by Rudy Panucci. Every hour, on the hour(sort of), we’re going to bring you one of our favorite posts from the preceding decade. Some are significant “firsts,” while others are deeply touching or overwhelmingly goofy. We’ll leave it to you to figure out which is which.
In 2009 we brought you clips of Nina Paley’s animated feature, Sita Sings The Blues. A year later we brought you the whole film. Sometimes the Sunday Evening Video is an entire, feature-length movie.
You may remember that I posted Nina Paley’s feature film, “Sita Sings The Blues” here in PopCult about a year and a half ago. At the time, I could only post YouTube clips here, and had to put it up in ten chunks.
Now, thanks to the wonders of technology, I can post the entire movie right there above this text in one piece with higher quality.It’s well worth a second, third and fourth look.
Nina has made this film available to everyone through a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License, which means that you can copy, remix, redistrubute at will, without any nasty copyright repurcussions. That means that Nina doesn’t make any money directly off of this work, but if you are impressed enough, you can scoot on over to her website and order DVDs and merchandise, which just happen to make fantastic holiday gifts. That way she can make some money off of this feature film, into which she poured her heart and soul.We’re not kicking off the PopCult Gift Guide until Tuesday, but you can get a head start with some of the cool “Sita’ goodies.
Plus you can also check out her comic strip, “Mimi and Eunice,” which is a kick.
About this film, Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Set to the 1920’s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues earns its tagline as “the Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told.”
I was impressed enough to include a bit of this film in RFC 78. Now go back to the top of this post and watch the whole thing!