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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.

The Art Of Play
April 15, 2010, 6:46 am
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“I think art is a form of play. It’s a tactile experience of experimenting with the world around you, pushing it this way or that way, and seeing what happens. It’s as much for children as grownups.”

There’s a fantastic interview with Al Jarnow and review of Celestial Navigations in this week’s SFBG you can read here.

Tickets are still available for both shows in San Francisco at the Red Vic Movie House next Thursday night with Al Jarnow there for a Q&A after each show.  We hope you can join us!

The Sea Of Sound #27

So, I gotta little jealous last week that we didn’t have something as slick as Josh’s new online ghetto blaster and decided it was time to revive my old podcast, The Sea Of Sound.  This episode below in it’s fancy Flash 1.0 player – give it a few seconds to load – is a healthy mix of past, present, and upcoming Numero tracks, side by side with some old favorites, and a few cuts from various new releases for your listening pleasure. Enjoy, Michael

“Don’t Trade Love For Money” – Jackie Russell

“Woodpiles On The Side Of The Road” – Jack Rose

“Hummingbirds” – Kieran White

“Jane, Jane” – Tia Blake

“Yellow Roses” – Heron

“Lonely Son” – Vernon Wray

“Nobody Wants A Lonely Heart” – Arthur Russell

“Tried So Hard” – The Flying Burrito Brothers

“Never Too Far” – Tim Hardin

“I Found My Music” – Sage

“Every Day We Grow Closer” – Alex Chilton

“The Ballad Of El Goodo” – Big Star

“The Summer Sun” – Chris Stamey

Beaumont, TX Dodge Commercial

“I’ve Got To Get Over” – Syl Johnson

“Bring It Down Front” – Hugh Hawkins

“Lean Lanky Daddy” – Little Ann

“You’ve Got To Steal It” – The Flairs

“I’m Drunk & I’m Real High (In The Spirit Of God) – Ada Richards

“Cosmic Clock” – Shoes

“Love Letter Full Of Promises” (Rehearsal) – Juanita Rodgers

California Street Team
April 6, 2010, 9:11 am
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Hi California Numerophites!  We could you use your help plastering San Francisco and Los Angeles in Jarnow posters for the upcoming screenings at the Red Vic Movie House & Cinefamily @ The Silent Movie Theater later this month.  Above are links to hi-res PDFs you can print out and wallpaper your favorite bus stop, co-workers office, coffee shop, or anywhere you think might be Numero friendly.  Take pictures of your work and send em’ in to  Thanks for your help and tickets are still available for both shows.

Jarnow @ Chicago Short Film Brigade
March 24, 2010, 9:05 am
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If you live in the Chicago area come on out this Thursday night or Sunday afternoon to the Hideout for the spring screening of Chicago Short Film Brigade.  Two Sesame Street shorts by Al Jarnow — Litter Rap & Real Cats Drink Milk — from our DVD Celestial Navigations will be featured on the big screen that are not a part of our theatrical screenings.

We watched almost 300 films from all over the globe to find these dozen films we look forward to sharing with you this weekend so, come on down to watch some shorts with people instead of alone in front of your computer!  Here’s the details on the event.