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(Woodstock, NY) March 22, 2010: It's a war that's been going on for eons - the Battle of the Sexes: Animated!
Well, finally it will be resolved - mark your calendars! The Woodstock Film Festival
and the IFC Center will present Battle of the Sexes! Monday, April 12 at 9pm, at the IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street, NYC.
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For tickets, visit IFC Center

Screening will be followed by an exclusive Q&A with select animators and programmers.

Famed animators and Woodstock Film Festival Animation Programmers Bill Plympton and Signe Baumane will square off toe-to-toe by showing the funniest, sexiest animated cartoons in a 5-round match to discover which gender makes the hottest cartoons!

And get this - the audience gets to decide the winner! Yes! The paying public will end this age - old controversy, once and for all declaring the winner!

So bring your friends and be there for the "Thrilla in the Village", the "Smackdown in Smacktown," as Plympton calls it. A surprise trophy will be awarded and the winner of this timeless debate will finally be determined.

"This type of program has never been tried in NYC before - it will be a real experiment to see if people will want to express themselves in a sexy screening," expressed animator and competitor Plympton. He and Baumane have traveled around the world, keeping a keen eye on developing trends and artistic gems in independent animation, curating some of America's best programs together. For this showdown, featured animators originate not only from New York City, but from the US and around the world (Czech Republic, England, Latvia, Slovakia, Spain...).

Representing the women of animation:

Teat Beat of Sex by Signe Baumane (WFF 2008)
Vessel Wrestling by Lisa Yu (WFF 2001)
Time for Carla by Saray Dominguez
Carnival of Animals by Michaela Pavlatova
Girls Night Out by Academy Award® Nominee Joanna Quinn

And slugging it out for the men:

Chirpy by John Goras
Roof Sex by PES (WFF 2002)
The Making of Gladiator by Duncan Beedie
Cosmic Honeymoon by Ondrej Rudavsky (WFF 2009)
How to make Love to a Woman by Academy Award® Nominee Bill Plympton

Bill Plympton and Signe Baumane have served on the selection committee for animated film programs at the Woodstock Film Festival since 2003.

Wacky animator Bill Plympton was nominated in 1987 for an Oscar® for his short Your Face. After producing many shorts that appeared on MTV and Spike and Mike's, he turned his talent to features. Since 1991 Bill has made eight feature films-six of them animated; The Tune, Mondo Plympton, I Married A Strange Person, Mutant Aliens, Hair High and Idiots and Angels. In 2005, Bill received another Oscar® nomination, this time for Guard Dog, which is part of the highly successful Plympton dog series that includes Hot Dog, Guide Dog and his most recent Horn Dog.

Animator Signe Baumane's interest in promoting her own and other independent animators' unique work extends into collaboration with festival programmers. She is a programming adviser for New York Exposition of Short Film and Video, Florida Film Festival, Red Bank International Film Festival, and Woodstock Film Festival. She has initiated and curated numbers of independent animation programs and is in the organizing core of Square Footage Films, a New York group of independent animators that self-publishes and self-distributes DVDs of their work. Baumane's recent works include Birth, Veterinarian, the Teat Beat of Sex series and Five Informercials for Dentists. She is also the recent recipient of a tribute at the 2009 Venice Film Festival.

For tickets to Battle of the Sexes at the IFC Center on April 12 at 9pm, visit www.ifccenter.com

Save the date:
Holy Rollers,
screening to benefit the Woodstock Film Festival at Soho House, NYC, May 6, 2010

About the IFC CENTER:

The IFC Center, the ultimate entertainment space for New Yorkers seeking out the best in independent film, opened in June 2005 in the historic Waverly theater. After a four-year renovation, the new complex features five state-of-the-art cinemas with luxurious seating and High-Def digital and 35mm projection. With programs including new independent foreign and documentary features, IFC is also highlighting weekly classics, Midnight Cult screenings and short films before every feature. Located at 323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street, NYC.


The 11th annual Woodstock Film Festival will take place September 29-October 3, 2010.  The “fiercely independent” festival includes more than 150 films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Kingston, Rhinebeck and Rosendale. For more information visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com

Celebrating its eleventh anniversary, the Woodstock Film Festival premiers exceptional films; hosting the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presenting A-list concerts, parties and panels, and creating stimulating, innovative programming year-round.

The Woodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit, 501©(3) organization whose mission is to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promotes artists, culture, inspired learning, and diversity.

For more information please call (845) 679-4265 or visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com

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