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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 @ 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.

Al Jarnow On Antique Roadshow?!?
January 19, 2010, 8:42 am
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In a bizarre twist of fate, Al Jarnow has unknowingly ended up back on PBS in the 21st Century via The Antique Roadshow.

Loud Loop Press writer Andy Kahn tipped us off to this evening’s program where a painting Al made for the paperback version of, “Strong Wind”, by Noble Prize winning writer, Miguel Angel Asturias, was featured on the program.  Al’s name was mentioned since he was the only artist of the three painters to sign his name on the featured work.

Going price of a Jarnow you ask, $500 according to appraiser, Ken Gloss. Here’s Al’s recollection of this particular piece and the inspiration behind it.

What I remember most fondly about this cover is spending hours at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden sketching banana leaves.

You can see more of Al’s paintings on his website, and over 25 films he made for various PBS programs on our new DVD, Celestial Navigations: The Short Films Of Al Jarnow.

Now Available: Celestial Navigations
January 14, 2010, 4:17 pm
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Though its official release is still a couple months off, you can now order yourself a copy of Numero’s first foray into the world of DVD. The deluxe single disc package includes a thick 60-page booklet crammed with ephemera, essays, photos, and other miscellaneous weirdness. If you can wait a month, Numero will be doing a handful of screenings across the country where you can watch the documentary, shorts, meet Al Jarnow, and even buy the DVD. I’m sure Al can be persuaded to autograph your gear, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Wallpapers #5-7
January 9, 2010, 2:11 pm
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Here’s a few new wallpapers you can throw up on your desktop.  The first two come from our new DVD, Celestial Navigations: The Short Films of Al Jarnow, and the third is a scan of a hand drawn/collaged greeting card created for the Boddie Recording Studio that we scanned in for an upcoming release.  Reservations are suggested for the best sound in Cleveland!

Pioneering Animator Who Bridges Art & Science in Film
April 22, 2009, 12:24 pm
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Here’s a fantastic article that the NY Times did on Al Jarnow back in ’94.  Thanks to Jesse Jarnow for sending this our way as we continue to research and develop the comprehensive DVD on Al’s short films coming out later this year.