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June 21, 2024
New Social Bees

This summer Buzzco has 2 interns to take over the Instagram account from our previous intern, Arice Liu who graduated from NYU in June. Meet Mateen Nassirpour from CalArts and Nicole Altan from RISD. Both …

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May 22, 2024
Market of Hate

This is our latest film, Market of Hate. In March of 2023 I woke up with a whispered warning—lyrics for a new film. Longtime collaborator Lanny Meyers wrote the music. This whisper turned into a …

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April 5, 2024
Tale of Two Weddings Wins Best Animation

at the Budapest International Film Festival! You can watch it here

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January 31, 2024
Jury for FI:AF Animation First Film Festival

I was delighted when I was asked to be a member of the jury determining the Best Francophone Short in the Animation First Film Festival, now in its seventh year in existence. I was joined …

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October 26, 2023
Audition to be shown at MoMA - November 1st, 2023

Adrienne Mancia was a pivotal curator at the Museum of Modern Art's Film Archive. Early in my career she was not only encouraging to me personally, but she introduced me to some early influences. She …

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October 22, 2023
A gathering to celebrate Ed Koren

On Saturday October 21, 2023 a group of cartoonists and writers met for an intimate celebratory gathering for their wonderful friend and colleague Ed Koren. Cartoonist Michael Maslin wrote about it on his blog including a …

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October 1, 2023
Tale of Two Weddings featured at Woodstock!

A Tale of Two Weddings was selected to be part of the 24th Annual Woodstock Film Festival and was shown on Sunday October 1, 2023. It was a great program curated by Joy Buran & …

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July 12, 2023
InBetweening America showing in Williamsburg!

New York indy animator Willy Hartland curated "Made in NYC: Quality Animated Shorts" including my very first independent film, InBetweening America based on a New Yorker Magazine cover by Saul Steinberg. Made as an homage …

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June 28, 2023
Delighted to be a Legend of NY Animation

SAS, the Society for Animation Studies, held its annual convention in Rowan University. On its final night they held a panel of "Legendary East Coast Animators" including Candy Kugel. The panel consisted of John Canemaker, …

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June 9, 2023
Left Alone Rhapsody

In 2022 Stewart Schulman contacted Buzzco to create an opening for his documentary “Left Alone Rhapsody”  about Leonard Bernstein protégé, John Bayles. At 54, a left-brain stroke immobilized his dominant right side, and this is his …

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March 22, 2023
Tale of Two Weddings at Glen Rock!

Candy Kugel's latest film, A Tale of Two Weddings, had its premiere as part of the Thomas Edison Film Festival as part of the Glen Rock, NJ Art Council on March 4, 2023. Buzzco's Social …

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January 13, 2023
First Film Unearthed!

When animation director Russell Calabrese visited Buzzco he noticed a small 16mm film reel. Asking what it was, I couldn't remember and he brought back to his studio to digitize it. It was my very …

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September 11, 2022
Daddy's Girl continues to please festivals!

After the success of her music video, Wish on the Moon, Broadway producer Jamie deRoy asked me to create a video for another of her songs.

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August 14, 2022
I, Candy is featured outdoors in Vienna!!

I'm so excited that "I, Candy" was included in the dotdotdot festival in Vienna, Austria. Co-sponsored by TrickyWomen-- it was shown in the open air!

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August 8, 2022
Miracle on Central Park West

Miracle on Central Park West was completed just as COVID shutdown festivals and theaters worldwide. As a result, it was shown virtually its first 2 forays out.

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April 20, 2022
Candy Speaks at SVA's MFA Computer Arts Class!

April 20, 2022: Trilby Schreiber asked me to speak to her class this April, and as it's been true for the past few years, I spoke through Zoom! I prepared a Power Point presentation for …

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November 14, 2021
Wish on the Moon

November 9, 2021: Wish on the Moon, a music video I made for Broadway producer Jamie deRoy, made its debut at The Quad Cinema In The Greenwich Village Film Festival. Barry Kleinbort, Candy Kugel and …

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September 13, 2021
Interview for Feminist Media Histories

Alla Gadassik, animation history professor at Emily Carr University of Art +Design, interviewed me for a scholarly article she was writing, "Homeworkers: Independent Animation and the Feminization of Creative Labor 1970-1990". You can read the article …

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February 29, 2020
Athena Film Festival

February 29, 2020: I was asked to be on the Athena Film Festival's panel: “The Present and Future of Women in Animation” and was joined by Claudia Spinelli (Executive-in-Charge at Nickelodeon), Hsiang Chin Moe (Chair …

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February 26, 2020
I Want My MTV

February 26, 2020: at the Museum of Modern Art I was part of a panel discussing the early days of MTV.

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February 1, 2020
In Memory of Bryon Moore

February 1, 2020: I met Bryon Moore back in the mid-1970s when we were both working at Perpetual Motion Pictures, and he went on to work at Buzzco for decades. Not only was he an …

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May 1, 2019
I Want My MTV-- the documentary

May 1, 2019: Tyler Measom and Patrick Waldrop called Buzzco one day to ask who was involved on the initial MTV work-- and they got me! They interviewed me for a couple of hours about …

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January 26, 2019
A Discussion with Michel Ocelot at the French Film Institute

January 26, 2019: The Animation First Festival honored guest French animator Michel Ocelot and I had a conversation about his career, including the 20th Anniversary of the release of Kirikou and the Sorceress which we …

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January 15, 2019

Vashti, a music video made for longtime collaborator composer Lanny Meyers, is completed!

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December 25, 2018
Angela's Christmas has a successful run on Netflix!

December 24, 2018: Angela's Christmas is streaming on Netflix! Angela's Christmas is based on Frank McCourt's picture book, "Angela and the Baby Jesus". Between 2009-2015 it was developed by Buzzco Associates before being sold to Brown …

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September 21, 2018
Women in Indie Animation

September 21, 2018: Sponsored by the New York branch of the Academy (AMPAS), four New York female independent animators presented their work and spoke on a panel at the Metrograph theater: Signe Bauman, Emily Hubley, …

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May 21, 2018
Candy Kugel Awarded "Excellence in Animation Filmmaking Award"

May 21, 2018: Women in Animation NY honored me with an "Excellence in Animation Filmmaking Award" at the 2018 Annual ASIFA-East Award. They said they weren't going to give me a "Lifetime Achievement Award" because …

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May 21, 2018
I, Candy wins prizes and is shown worldwide!

I, Candy won the independent animation prize at ASIFA-East festival on May 21, 2018 and then the Women in Animation prize for Animation Filmmaking! Later that summer it was screened at La Città Incantata festival in Bagnoregio, Italy; …

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April 23, 2018
MoMA: An Evening With Candy Kugel

On April 23, 2018, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City presented An Evening with Candy Kugel. The evening was held in the Titus 2 theater to a sold out audience.

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April 10, 2018
Spotlight on Women in Animation

WIA is thrilled to share some of Candy’s personal experience in this exclusive interview conducted by Tracey Miller-Zarneke.

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April 4, 2017
A Fan of "It's Still Me! A Guide for People with Aphasia and their Loved Ones"

April 26, 2017: It was a bittersweet time at Buzzco: Rick Broas, longtime employee and terrific animator, was retiring to return to his hometown in Maine to see after his aging parents. Then, out of …

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October 1, 2016
Animating for a Museum!

October 1, 2016: Chris Musello Ph.D., President of Sightworks, was preparing an exhibition about the 1897 North Pole expedition of Swedish explorer S.A. Andrée in a gas balloon. When he discovered he needed some animation, he …

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July 25, 2013
Candy Kugel interviewed by Cartoon Brew!

July 25, 2013: I was interviewed by Alan Foreman and Joel Frenzer on the animation podcast, Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum, sponsored by Cartoon Brew.  They were interested in my start in the 1970’s "Mad Men" …

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April 4, 2013
"The Last Time" premiering at Tribeca!

April 4, 2013: The Last Time had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2013 as part of the “Let There Be Light” shorts program. It has since been invited to several more festivals, …

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February 19, 2013
Health Post Wins prize!

February 19, 2013: Buzzco's Two Simple Ways to Treat Water wins a Pixie Award! Buzzco created two health videos for the iHeed Institute, an Irish foundation aiming to place videos on the PDA’s of local health workers …

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May 20, 2012
First Prize!!

May 20, 2012: Buzzco won FIRST PRIZE in the ASIFA-East’s Animation Festival!  It was for the first piece we created for TED-Ed’s launch in 2012, Sex Determination. Even more exciting was the audience’s reaction to …

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January 6, 2012
A Celebration of the Life of Vincent J. Cafarelli

On Epiphany, January 6th, 2012 we held a celebration of Vincent J. Cafarelli's life. Vinny unexpectedly passed away in early December, peacefully in his sleep. He was a mainstay in New York animation since the …

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May 19, 2011
"It's Still Me!" is now available in Spanish! "¡Sigo Siendo Yo!"

May 19, 2011: It's Still Me! is now available in Spanish! ¡Sigo Siendo Yo! is narrated by Maria Hinojosa. Big thanks to ASHA's Grant Program for Projects on Multicultural Activities given to the National Aphasia …

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January 15, 2010
Michael Douglas endorses "It's Still Me!"

January 15, 2010: Michael Douglas, renowned actor, gives testimonial to support It’s Still Me! A Guide for People With Aphasia and their Loved Ones: After my father, Kirk Douglas, had a stroke, I learned how truly frustrating …

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June 8, 2009
The Rainforest at Annecy!

June 8, 2009: The Rainforest, a 3-minute animated song for Schoolhouse Rock: Earth, a DVD release by Disney/ABC, was featured at 2009 Annecy International Animated Film Festival’s “Animation Goes Green” screening.

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June 15, 2008
Emmy winner, Candy Kugel!

June 13, 2008: I won the 2008 Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Children’s Series for my contribution to "Between the Lions"' Polly and the Pirate segments. By serendipitous circumstances, I attended the national Daytime Emmy Awards with …

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January 3, 2005
Command Z

January 3, 2005: Command Z premiered at the Museum of Modern Art to a large and enthusiastic audience as part of their re-opening celebration of their 'Premieres' series . Command Z is based on the Apple computer's keyboard shortcut …

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October 3, 2002
Ottawa International Animation Festival honors Buzzco!

October 3, 2002: Buzzco Associates, Inc. is honored that the directors of the 2002 Ottawa International Animation Festival chose to devote a program to a retrospective of Buzzco's work. They chose a diverse selection of our work and …

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