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One Night Only: Celestial Navigations back in Chicago
January 31, 2013, 4:12 pm
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Chicagoans, please join us this evening as we screen Celestial Navigations in Chicago for the first time in three years. The details:

The 60 minute screening will consist of shorts from Al Jarnow’s independent work and films featured on public television, followed by a 30 minute documentary that deconstructs his creative process.

Thursday, January 31st


The Hideout

Suggested donation of $10. All proceeds go to the Chicago Underground Film Festival

We don’t trek this out very often, so if you’ve ever been curious about Numero 031, now’s the chance. We’ll have the DVD on hand for sale afterwards, but don’t expect a full crate of LPs to dig through. We’re saving that for our pop up store on 4/20/2013.

Al Jarnow Directs OK Go Video For Sesame Street
January 31, 2012, 11:40 pm
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In a bizarre twist of fate, Al Jarnow, whose films we featured on NUM031 Celestial Navigations: The Short Films of Al Jarnow, returns to Sesame Street for the first time in 25 years this week. Though his films have remained in circulation on the program for decades, “3 Primary Colors”–made with viral video phenom band OK Go, marks his return to the style of experimental, educational stop-motion animation he helped pioneer on the program and other Children’s Television Workshop shows in the 1970s.

For more of his classic work from Sesame Street & 3-2-1 Contact that you grew up watching check out our DVD that also includes, his heady avant-garde independent films, a documentary about his creative process, video playlists for children and adults alike, and a 60 page book that not only goes over Al’s career but also the NYC underground film community of the 60s and 70s.

Al Jarnow’s Navigations Through Time & Light
May 24, 2011, 12:05 pm
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The films featured on our 2010 DVD, Celestial Navigations: The Short Films of Al Jarnow, continue to get stellar reviews.  Here’s a great piece on Al’s shorts from Electric Sheep: A Deviant View of Cinema in the U.K. For those of you not familiar with Numero 031 here’s a trailer to the release.

Al Jarnow @ Chicago Short Film Brigade
October 20, 2010, 12:27 pm
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Al Jarnow’s 1979 Sesame Street short, ‘Skeletons’, that was featured on our DVD, Celestial Navigations, will be a part of the Chicago Short Film Brigade’s screening this Thursday and Sunday at The Hideout.  Here’s the details and links to tickets below.

Murder, Magic, Superstition, & Shut-Ins:

Short film lovers and makers, you GOTTA join us for this wonderfully creepy, kooky, unparalleled selection of international short films. How about a little hypnosis and handbags, some shrimp and kitties, convicts and gods to finish the season?

Please join us for our final shows for a long while.

SEASON FINALE (one show, two chances) Advance Tickets Recommended
Thursday, October 21 at 8:30 PM TICKETS HERE
Sunday, October 24 at 6:00 PM TICKETS HERE

Caramel apples, hot popcorn and cash bar at
Hideout 1354 W Wabansia St (off Elston) Chicago, 21 & Over, $8/door


Jarnow Music Video For Guster
October 4, 2010, 11:42 am
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Our very own Al Jarnow and his son Jesse were commissioned by the band Guster to make a stop-motion music video for their new song, “Hercules.”  You can find more of Al’s stop-motion mayhem on our DVD, Celestial Navigations: The Short Films of Al Jarnow.

Celestial Navigations: Madison Screening This Friday
June 22, 2010, 10:25 am
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We are very excited to head up to Madison, Wisconsin’s fantastic contemporary art museum MMoCA this Friday night for a rooftop screening under the stars of, Celestial Navigations: The Short Films of Al Jarnow.

We have curated an hour of shorts which is made up of both Al’s mind-bending independent films and his memorable shorts from Sesame Street and 3-2-1 Contact, followed by a 30-minute documentary that deconstructs his creative process and hopefully answers some questions we are sure you’ll have about how he made these remarkable films.

Friday June 25th, 2010
MMoCA – Rooftop Cinema Series
Madison, WI

Tickets are $5 at the door

Project Runway: Al Jarnow
May 20, 2010, 11:36 am
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We came across a strange little oddity today in a glowing review for Celestial Navigations on .  The picture above of Al taken at George Griffin’s studio in 1976 had a advertisement rollover that said he was wearing a Jack Shirt by Hentch Men?!?  Clearly the shirt below and “Fenton’s Pick” is not being sported by Al!  To quote Al, “I never even liked that shirt- whatever shirt it was?!?”

Celestial Navigation Bites
May 12, 2010, 1:04 pm
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Celestial Navigations has been getting some rave reviews as of late.  Here’s what the press have had to say about the DVD .

“Celestial Navigations is perhaps the most futuristic thirty five year old work your kid is going to see this year.”

“The Numero Group presents viewers with a carefully researched and compiled catalogue of Jarnow’s stunning body of work…the project has been thoroughly researched and careful attention has been paid to even the smallest detail from production and editing to packaging.  The finished product is creative and precise, perfectly suited to the traits and sensibilities of its subject and his work.”

“Al Jarnow‘s free-association films serve as an astringent antidote to the wisecracking-animal-and-dancing-inanimate-object school of animation practiced by Pixar, Disney, and the other Hollywood studios.”

“Introducing Al Jarnow, the mastermind behind the short films embedded into our collective memory. Celestial Navigations: The Short Films of Al Jarnow compiles a retrospective of Jarnow’s familiar animations from CTW along with his more obscure shorts. Jarnow experiments with geometric shapes, color, scale, and proportion in his films, creating everlasting works that communicate changes through time and space to both young and old.”

Navigating California
April 21, 2010, 12:48 pm
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Two months after our successful screenings in New York and Chicago, we make good on our promise to bring Jarnow’s cosmic clocks and talking yaks to San Francisco and Los Angeles.

If you didn’t score tickets to Conan, join us on Thursday April 22nd at the Red Vic Movie House in San Francisco for an hour of shorts and a documentary about how all this weirdness was made. As an added treat, we’ve conned Al himself to make an appearance and answer your ridiculous questions/pose for pictures. Limited seats are available for the 7PM and 9PM screenings, so don’t count on being able to waltz up the box office on the night of & make any demands so, Just buy the tickets now.

Los Angeles? Are you still reading? Do you like coffee? Let me be more specific, do you like Intelligentsia coffee? Because on Saturday April 24th we’ll have your cel animation and caffeine fix on lock. We may even be able to convince Al to pour you a cup. No promises, but we’ll do our best. There’s only one screening (7:30PM), and we’re not likely to ever make our way back through LA any time soon, so don’t screw around. Seattle, Boston, and Minneapolis, you’re next.

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the DVD, which we’ll be selling at the same price you can buy it from our website at, which is roughly $5 cheaper than you can buy it anywhere else. Do the math, nerdlinger.

Marfa Film Festival
April 16, 2010, 1:21 pm
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We are pleased to announce that there will special screenings of Al Jarnow’s films at the Marfa Film Festival this May.

Not Just For Kids is a special event featuring many of Al’s films for public television, side by side shorts made by 6th grade students from Marfa.  Complimentary cereal and milk will be served at the screening Saturday May 8th at 9am and it is FREE and open to the general public.

Jarnow’s ‘Cosmic Clock’, a 2 minute tour-de-force on the evolution of  Earth and it’s future in the cosmos will play on the big screen before the film, Gasland, which focuses on the pressing matter of natural gas drilling in the Northeast and it’s consequences for the area’s water table.

Many thanks to David Hollaner for helping put together this event and, all of these films can be found on our DVD, Celestial Navigations: The Short Films of Al Jarnow, if you can’t join us in Texas.