Nina Paley

Nina Paley is the creator of the animated musical feature film Sita Sings the Blues, which combines the Indian epic Ramayana with 1920's pop recordings of Annette Hanshaw. More recently she made This Land Is Mine, a short about Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant intended for a larger project, Seder-Masochism. Prior to becoming an animator she was a syndicated cartoonist, and still occasionally draws the webcomic Mimi and Eunice. Her adventures in our broken copyright system led her to join as Artist-in-Residence in 2008, where she produced a series of animated shorts about intellectual freedom called Minute Memes. She is currently developing techniques to combine animation with some of her other passions, quilting and embroidery. 

 [bio courtesy of the filmmaker] 


Recent Reviews


I like the music and cat but it wasn't anything except short clips of someones cat with photoshop filters over it. Cute but not clever.


a good giggle


Good lord this woman's imagination is like opening a pandora's box. It's practically sinful. Okay, I'll stop. Love it!


Harold and the Purple Crayon gone berserk! That was wonderful! There's that great Buddhist story about the man on the speeding horse that goes by another man, who asks, "Where...

Sita Sings the Blues

This is by far the coolest film I’ve ever seen. Smart, gorgeous and mind-blowing. I wonder if Thich Nhat Hanh has watched this. Monty Python meets Vishnu. I actually got...