Philadelphia Independents II Animation Festival at Plastic Club

Philadelphia Independents II Animation Festival. (Plastic Club image)

Who says Philadelphians aren’t animated? (Probably nobody, but why pass up the chance at a cheap lead?) On Saturday evening, Feb. 28, the Philadelphia Independents II Animation Festival presents itself at the Plastic Club, the historic Center City institution dedicated to the visual arts. More than a dozen area artists are scheduled to show and discuss their work, including animators from the faculty at the University of the Arts, Drexel and Moore. In addition to the likes of Ross Bollinger, collaborators Lowell Boston and Liz Goldberg, Geoff Beatty (head of Germantown Studios) and the animation collectives Motion Heads  and Juggling Wolf, the program’s roster includes Paul and Sandra Fierlinger, the groundbreaking duo behind the 2009 feature adaptation of J.R. Ackerley’s My Dog Tulip. Fierlinger, of Drawn From Memory fame, is a legend in animation circles, starting his career in Czechoslovakia in the late 1950s.

The Plastic Club, located on tiny Camac Street in the Wash West section of town, is one of those hidden Philly gems. Philadelphia Independent II Animation Festival promises to have a few gems of its own. The Plastic Club, 247 S. Camac St., 215-545-9324. Things begin at 6:30pm. The event is free, but seating is limited.