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NYC screening of The End of the Line



Join filmmakers Fredrick Armstrong and James P. Harte at the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn on Saturday, May 6 at 1:30 p.m. There they will be presenting their Telly award winning documentary, The End of The Line - Rochester's Subway, as well as two featurettes from the DVD release.

THE END OF THE LINE focuses on the story of the smallest city in America to build, and abandon, a subway. Service on the Rochester, New York subway began on December 1, 1927 and ended in June 1956.

PRODIGAL SON presents the stories of that subway's only surviving passenger car, and one of the last men to operate it.

MOTHERLESS CHILD is a final salute to the subway's abandoned tunnel and includes a "PHANTOM RUN" through this mile-long underground stretch.

A question-and-answer session with the filmmakers will follow the screening.

New York Transit Museum
130 Livingston Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201-5106
Tel: 718/694-1794

Saturday, May 6, 2006
1:30 p.m.

Directions to the Museum:
The New York Transit Museum is located at the corner of Boerum and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn Heights. On weekends, local subways are the 2, 3, 4 to Borough Hall; R to Court Street; A, C, G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn; A, C, F to Jay Street/Borough Hall. By bus, B25, B26, B37, B38, B41, B45, B52, B57, B61, B65, B67, B75 - all stop within 1 to 2 blocks from the Museum. By car, the Transit Museum is just five blocks from the Brooklyn Bridge. Take the Brooklyn Bridge and proceed straight on Adams Street; Adams Street will become Boerum Place. You will then go two blocks to Schermerhorn Street.

Just a note - as there is work planned on the 4 line through the Fall, the line terminates at weekends at Brooklyn Bridge. So if you will be coming from Manhattan, we suggest you plan to take Westside trains - or if you are closest to the east side you can take the 4 to Brooklyn Bridge and then just hop on the J train to Court Street, which leaves you very close to us. Other plans for rerouted service are often available on a recorded message at 718-330-1234.

For more information about The End of the Line and its DVD release, visit

Animatus News April 2006

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This past Saturday, we were pleased to be involved with the Rochester Philharmonic's presentation of CARTOONED CLASSICS. It was an afternoon of classical pieces made famous (at least to us) through their use in cartoons. Conductor Michael Butterman was gracious enough to invite our fearless leader, Fred Armstrong, to speak about the process of animation and the use of music in cartoons from the golden age. There was also a quiz to test the animation knowledge of the audience.

We'd like to thank everyone at the RPO for the wonderful experience.



This year we're happy to announce the screenings of two Animatus shorts in the Rochester International Film Festival.


Fredrick Armstrong & James P. Harte
After a close-up study of decay, the viewer is taken on a phantom ride through a vacant tunnel where the now-abandoned Rochester, NY subway once ran. A lone piano and the resurrected sounds of the subway accompany the ride. (Color, 9 min)

8pm Thursday, May 4, 2006
Dryden Theatre, George Eastman House
900 East Avenue, Rochester, NY

Admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted.


David Puls
A disconcerting look at the corporate corruption and political collaboration that plague the US. (Animated, Color, 4 min)

4pm Saturday, May 5, 2006
The Little Theatre
240 East Avenue, Rochester, NY

Admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted.


For more about the festival and the Movies on a Shoestring organization, visit

See a preview from Motherless Child at

Find out more about Dave Puls' Fresh Toones at


The Animation Workshop Presents

Advanced lessons in Macromedia Flash

Four Saturdays
May 13 & 20, June 3 & 10
(No class Memorial Day Weekend)

Time: 1-4 PM
Price: $189.00
Limited class size of four.
Pre-requisite: Flash Workshop for Beginners

In this workshop, we’ll be building on the basics of the Flash program (buttons, sounds, and animation tweening) to create an interactive self-contained website for each student.

Students can create menus and set up personalized pages about topics of their choice. Following this workshop session, students will receive a data CD of their work. Their work can be viewed from the CD or transferred to a computer hard drive.

If they wish to post webpages online, we can recommend several free hosting options.

To sign up, give us a call or send a check to:
Animatus Studio
34 Winthrop Street
Rochester, NY 14607
(585) 232-1740