Not singing the blues anymore.
February 27, 2009 1:49 PM Subscribe
Nina Paley's animated film, Sita Sings the Blues
, has been mentioned here several times before
. It's a retelling of the classic Indian epic Ramayana
, featuring the 1920s jazz recordings of singer Annette Hanshaw, interspersed with the story of Nina's own troubled marriage-- and despite critical accolades
, it's been languishing due to copyright issues
surrounding the 80-year-old Hanshaw songs. But things seem to be finally looking up
for Ms. Paley: she has worked out a distribution plan
, the movie will be broadcast on New York PBS station WNET on March 7, and the whole thing is finally available online
, at thirteen.org.
Higher quality versions will be available soon
. The film is, appropriately, being released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License
; according to Nina
"you will be able to watch the film on your computer, make DVDs and distribute them, and hold public screenings (the film will circulate online in high-resolution formats appropriate for screenings). Your activities can be commercial or non-commercial, that’s up to you."