January 26, 2012

Stereogranimator from NYPL Labs

ANAGLYPH made with the NYPL Labs Stereogranimator - view more at http://stereo.nypl.org/gallery/index
ANAGLYPH made with the NYPL Labs Stereogranimator

by Max Clarke
[Horticultural Hall interiror, 1876 is most likely from the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. ]

Stereogranimator is a new interface for exploring the Robert N. Dennis Collection of Stereoscopic Views at the New York Public Library.
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Project Director Ben Vershbow welcomes new ideas for ways to use the collection and improve the interface.

January 18, 2012

The Moon and Its Closest Associates: A 3-D Slideshow with Gerald Marks

Friday, February 17, 2012, 8pm
The Observatory
543 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Admission $5

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"Moon Viewing," from the series "Artistic, Aesthetic and Poetic Tastes of the Japanese," by Gerald Marks


The Moon and its relationship to earth has been a prominent feature in the work of artist and NYSS member Gerald Marks for the past four decades. Please join us for a 3-D ode to our dear satellite.

Some of the images premiered at the 2000 presentation “Rockets in Sprockets” festival. Also included will be panoramic 3-D images of New York City, taken during the January 2001 Lunar Eclipse, from the top of the World Trade Center.

NOTE: Seating is limited. It is a good idea to arrive early to claim a seat, then enjoy the exhibits in the Proteous Gowanus art complex. Wine and local beer are available for purchase, so you can enjoy the company of your fellow lunatics before the show starts at 8.

December 10, 2011

UPDATE - Digital Darkroom in Los Angeles

Mark Golebiowski observes that the Digital Darkroom exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography also features the stereoscopic work of Chris Schneberger. Chris presented The Strange Case of Dr. Addison and the Crosswell Twins for our Spring 2006 event at AMNH.

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December 5, 2011

Claudia Kunin at the Annenberg Space for Photography

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Impossible Possible - anaglyph

New York Stereoscopic Society member Claudia Kunin will be highlighted in an upcoming group exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography. Digital Darkroom opens December 17, 2011 and runs through May 28, 2012.

The exhibit features 17 artists including Maggie Taylor, Jerry Uelsmann, and Josef Astor. Each artist is considered a master of digital techniques.

Claudia Kunin’s archives are to become a part of the photography collection of the Smithsonian Institution The archive will include her photography, journals, source materials, and the Stereo Realist transparencies shot by her father. Kunin's work incorporates her own photography with daguerreotypes, black & white family snapshots, and her father’s stereo transparencies. Digital Darkroom will present various series including “Ghost Stories”, “Holy Ghost Stories”, “Family Ghost Stories”, “Theoretical Ghost Stories”, and Kunin's latest work in 3D animations.

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Flight of Persephone - anaglyph

A documentary film will premiere at the exhibit in a specially built 3D theater. It explores the history of stereoscopic photography and features selected artists from the show filmed in 5K resolution using Red Epic cameras. The film demonstrates how Kunin photographs her subjects and alters them digitally to prepare her images for exhibition.

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Deconstructing Mommy - anaglyph

November 28, 2011

Step Into The Studio

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Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania
Wednesday, November 30 @ 6:30pm
118 South 36th Street, Philadelphia

Step into the studios of New York School artists with Greg Dinkins of the New York Stereoscopic Society. In this special 3-D presentation, Dinkins will take the audience for a walk through 1950s New York via the stereo photographs of Max Margulis (1907-1996). Margulis, known for his work as a musician, writer, teacher, and co-founder of Blue Note Records, was also an avid stereo photographer. Photographing primarily from 1949 to 1957, he found inspiration in the street life of the Lower East Side, the studios of artists such as Willem de Kooning, and trips to Mexico with his friend Aaron Siskind. Dinkins has restored and remounted hundreds of these stereoviews, presenting them here alongside anecdotes gathered from interviews conducted with family and friends. 3-D glasses will be provided! Admission is free.

October 3, 2011

Fine Art Holography at Hudson Beach Glass


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"Light Rain" Holographic installation by Betsy Connors

Hudson Beach Glass is presenting a group show of holograms from leading artists working in Holography.

Holography, The Art of Shaping Light

Exhibition dates October 8 thru- November 13, 2011
Hudson Beach Glass
162 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508
845-440-0068 

Open Mon-Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm; Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Artists:
Rudie Berkhout 1946 - 2008, USA and The Netherlands
Betsy Connors, MA, USA
Melissa Crenshaw, Vancouver, Canada
Jacques Desbiens, Canada
Mary Harman, Quebec, Canada
Sam Moree, NY, USA
Martina Mrongovius, NY, USA and Australia
Ana Maria Nicholson, SF, USA
Ric Silberman, NY, USA

Curated by Linda Law, Executive Director of the Center for 4D Arts, Beacon, NY

Linda Law is a holographic/digital artist and curator with a long history of working in 3D +Time. She is currently Executive Director of The Center for 4D Arts, a not-for profit arts and technology organization based in Beacon, NY, which is designed to be a full service access and education center to support the exploration and development of the 4D arts (3D+Time). The 4D arts include stereo video, holography, lenticular images and a range of new 3D image making techniques.

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"Hand Defined" Sculpture with Holograms by Sam Moree

This show is a rare opportunity to view the work of a group of artists who are committed to working in a new and challenging medium. Their dedication and vision speaks of the importance of Holography to inspire and convey ideas impossible in more conventional media. Join us for a look at something new, something very exciting, something that challenges us to expand our perception and to see with a different vision.

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"Broken Window" Digital Hologram by Jacques Desbiens

Center for 4D Arts 
Beacon, NY 12508

Contact Linda Law at
centerfor4darts@hotmail.com
845-510-8081

September 24, 2011

Paul Aaron Johnson - 3D Lenticular Shadowgraphs – Oct. 13 thru Dec. 10 at the Kaufman Arcade

NYSS member Paul Aaron Johnson has a show of new lenticular work at A Taste of Art at the Kaufman Arcade, 139 West 35th Street (7th Ave. & Broadway). The opening reception is Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

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July 24, 2011

NYSS Member Sheldon Aronowitz reports on NSA Convention 2011

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I have attended the past 29 NSA Conventions and every year, after the convention, I think the same thing: "Next year's convention will have a tough time surpassing this one!" Funny thing, every year I am wrong! The conventions keep getting better and better and this one was no exception - absolutely SUPER!

This convention in Loveland, Colorado kicked off on Monday with room hopping and ended the following Monday with a full day trip to the Rocky Mountains.

The Convention Hotel was magnificent, a perfect hotel for the NSA convention, an Atrium hotel allowing the attendees, at a glance, to look around the inner circumference and immediately see which doors were open for room hopping. In addition, every room was a suite allowing extra room for the dealers to display their goods or allowing 3 to a room to reduce costs - or both.

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The New York Stereoscopic Society was represented by Ronald Gold and Carol Super, the NSA VPs for Development, Mark Golebiowski, whose show "A Photo-Optical Record of Physical Phenomena Related to Time, Decay, and Death, Part 2" was very well received and myself, repeating the requested "Ellis Island - Island of Hope - Island of Tears" which I produced with Gary Schacker. Gary recently revised and enhanced the show.

Carol Gold won one of the more than 15 Fuji W3 cameras which were given away at every sitting of the Stereo Theatre, at the Awards Banquet, on bus trips, etc. The Fuji Representative was most generous in this regard and most appreciative of the NSA members contribution to the success of this camera. He was very optimistic for the future of Fuji's 3D products but was not allowed to elaborate on new plans or developments.

The Stereo Theatre was the largest ever - with over 130 3D shows in Cinematography, Stills, CGI, Special Effects, Historical, Screenplays, and even a full length film "Dark Country 3D." The shows ranged from a few minutes or less to 20-25 minutes - both amateur and professional.

A little juggling of one's schedule had to be done in order not to miss any films, and I was able to see most but not all. "Dark Country" was an amazing "noir" type film and Ray Zone was the 3D supervisor. Ray had a presentation after the showing of the film where he showed 3D clips and explained how the 3D effects were accomplished, the 3D challenges of making the film, etc. - super enlightening and interesting and a first for the NSA Stereo Theatre.

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The winner of the Paul Wing Award for best overall show was "Diary of a Fridge" - which had its USA Premiere at the BeFilm Film Festival in New York City - where NYSS member Dimitri Athos serves as Program Director.

There were workshops covering every aspect of 3D photography, including topics such as Stereo Photo Maker, Fuji W3 adaptors, 2D to 3D conversions, 3D video editing, Phantograms, turning your PC into a 3D PC, 3D Macros, Hypers, Anaglyphs, Exhibition of 3D work, ProShow, HDRI, projection, etc. There were 2 workshops in every time slot, so you had to choose the ones which interested you most. There was no way around this with the amount of workshops and other events - unless the convention days were extended.

The trade show provided the opportunity to look at and/or purchase vintage 3D collectibles, modern 3D collectibles, new 3D digital products, 3D books, 3D cameras, anaglyphs and phantograms, rare stereo cards, the last of the stereojets, etc.

There was an array of "Special Interest Groups" meetings such as a roundtable meeting for lenticular enthusiasts, Vintage Stereo Slide Group, Medium Format group, View Master Collectors group where Peter Sinclair projected images from his 4 new artistic conversion Viewmaster sets of Norman Rockwell, Renoir, Homer, Vintage Nudes, etc.

Susan Pinsky and David Starkman were honored at the Awards Banquet as the keynote speakers. I am sure Susan and David are long-time members and supports of the New York Stereo Society. Other notable speakers were Rob Engle of Sony Pictures. Mr. Engle was the supervisor of the 3D adaption of "Polar Express" and some of his other projects include "Beowulf", "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs", "G-Force", The Green Hornet, "Pirates of the Caribbean", as well as numerous other 3D films. His speech was very informative.

Most entertaining was Charles Phoenix presenting his "3rd Dimension Show". Mr. Phoenix is a professional entertainer and his appearance at the convention was sponsored by Fuji Film. His performance is a one of a kind comedy 3D slide show. He is a frequent entertainer in Las Vegas and was recently on the Conan O'Brian show. If you are not familiar with Charles Phoenix, author, tour guide, and pop-culture humorist, his show consists of slide projection of vintage slides (3D slides in this presentation - mostly from the collection of Susan Pinsky and David Starkman) and he comments on the images in a highly original and humorous take on American life and style.

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The trips this year were first rate, including tours of bronze art castings gardens, Sculpture Gardens, Greely Freight Station Museum, New Belgium and Anheusur Busch Breweries, Lakeside Amusement Park hosted by Charles Phoenix, this ArtDeco park is celebrating its 103rd year and all the rides are a throwback to your childhood - no photography ever allowed - except for the exception given the NSA members on the tour, and, of course, Rocky Mountain National Park.

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There were many more events and activities which you will be reading about in the upcoming issues of Stereo World magazine. Now is the time to join the NSA if you are not already a member. Plans are already underway for next year's convention in Costa Mesa, California July 25-30th, 2012.

My only disappointment was that so few New York Stereo Society members were at the convention. Let's change this and have a good showing in Costa Mesa.

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– Sheldon Aronowitz

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View larger image of our correspondent in a bear coat


June 14, 2011

Sony Creates Time-Line Chart: Every 3D Movie Ever Made

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OK, this entry is pretty self-explanatory. (Click on the link below for the larger image). It's interesting to view all this information in a time-line format (especially for you fans of Edward Tufte). It beautifully shows what we already know: we are in the biggest production boom for commercial 3D cinema. . . ever.

The unanswered question, of course, is whether this boom will fade or will 3D finally become another strain of mainstream entertainment. And will the home video environment (3D televisions, gaming and cameras) work to establish it, as some predict. Stay tuned.

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May 11, 2011

Special Guest Robert Bloomberg

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Lost Temples of Angkor plus two 3D shorts from Robert Bloomberg
Saturday May 21, 3pm, The Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue

Please join us for a stereoscopic afternoon of polarized projection with 3D photographer and producer Robert Bloomberg. The program is perfect for our host location at the Asia Society. The feature show will be "Lost Temples of Angkor," a 30 minute presentation of photographic and cultural studies undertaken in several visits to Cambodia in the past 10 years. The show is co-authored by Marilyn Freund.

"A thousand years ago the great Khmer civilization arose in the jungles of Cambodia and came to dominate all of Southeast Asia. The magnificent architecture and exquisite sculpture of its temples illustrate the myths, religions and history of this remarkable culture. The ruins are now a World Heritage Site, and include Angkor Wat, the largest religious structure in the world."

The event will begin with Bob's amusing "Frogs and Friends" 3D show (7 minutes).

"Frogs as you've never seen them before, with stereo macro cameras providing stunning close-up detail. This show features some of the world's most colorful creatures--from the tiny jewel-like golden mantella to the giant, cannibalistic Argentine horned frog. The "friends" range from a shy chameleon to a friendly whale."

We will also be treated to the New York premiere of "Wish You Were Here: Postcards from Somewhere Else." This 9 minute gem reflects on Bob and Marilyn's years as consummate travelers in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

All 3 shows feature original music scores composed and performed by Robert Bloomberg.

Between shows we will have a reception to meet Bob and Marilyn and discuss 3D work with fellow members of the society. Refreshments will be served.

Bob Bloomberg has been recognized twice by the National Stereoscopic Association with the prestigious Paul Wing Award. He is regional director of the NSA for Northern California and served as theater director for the legendary 2000 NSA convention in Riverside, CA. (the first ever 3D Swim-In!)

Admission to the event is free, but reservations are required. Please RSVP to info@NY3D.org by May 17.

May 2, 2011

Burder Covers the Royal Wedding

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David Burder (FRPS* and FNYSS**) covered the Royal Wedding in London last week. He managed to capture "The Kiss" from a vantage point just 30 meters outside the gates of Buckingham palace, with flags waving and jubilant crowds in the foreground.

Longtime members will remember David's presentation of stereojets and medical imagery at our Fall 2000 event.

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Burder shot this auspicious moment using the new JVC GS-TD1BEK 3D Video Camera. He also shot still images using the Fuji W3.

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Burder has photographed royal weddings and jubliees since 1981. He collaborated on production of the wonderful lenticular portrait of Queen Elizabeth in 2005. A presentation of some highlights will be given at the annual convention of the The Stereoscopic Society held in Chesterfield, UK, May 13-16.

*Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society
**Friend and Member of the New York Stereoscopic Society

April 30, 2011

BeFilm Festival 2011

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The 8th Annual BeFilm Festival of short films will be held in screening rooms around New York next Week, May 3-7. Program director Dimitris Athos has expanded the Stereoscopic category this year with new 3D films from around the world being projected every night of the festival. Many of these screenings are world premieres. The schedule includes new work from New York Stereoscopic Society members Zoran Zelic and Ryan Suits. NYSS member Paul Johnson will serve as juror of the 3D category
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Tickets are on sale now.

April 27, 2011

Princeton Laptop Orchestra at 92YTribeca

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Friday, April 29th, at 92YTribeca (200 Hudson St).
7:30 Doors
8PM discussion with composers
9PM concert
$10

The Princeton Laptop Orchestra will perform seven new works, each exploring the innovative and infinite realm of ensemble electronic music. The concert will feature laptops as musical instruments, augmented by wireless networks, multichannel speakers, live 3D video created during the performance by New York Stereoscopic Society member Daniel Iglesia, hacked video game controllers, and much more. Please join PLOrk for a pre-concert talk with the composers before the show.

Tickets are available online at 92YTribeca.org

February 28, 2011

Maximus Clarke and Sonic Architexture

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NYSS member Max Clarke is participating in the "Sonic Architextures", event happening on Tuesday, March 1 at White Slab Palace (77 Delancey Street, NYC) as part of Armory Arts Week. More info about the show is available here.

Max's photos will be projected from 9 to 9:45, and he will be taking 3D portraits of event attendees all evening. The images are rendered in anaglyph format, and he will be giving away free glasses for viewing them. A selection of the photos is online at his website

February 24, 2011

3D News Round-Up: Stereoscopic Nazis, Metropolitan Opera's 3D Fractals & YouTube Mobile 3D and the World's First 3D Phone


Two thirty-minute B&W 3D Nazi propaganda films made in 1936 were recently discovered in Berlin's Federal Archives by Australian documentary filmmaker Phillippe Mora. The first is a musical called So Real You Can Touch It (featuring sizzling bratwurst on a barbeque) and the second is titled Six Girls Roll into Weekend. For more info, see this article in the UK's Guardian.

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3D without "goofy glasses" is coming to the Metropolitan Opera next season, according to this article in the New York Times. It will be employed in Robert Lepage's production of Siegfried, the third installment of the Ring Cycle. Unlike twin-lens stereoscopic projection, they'll be utilizing a new system developed by 26 year-old computer engineer Catalin Alexandru Duru that employs fractal geometry and banks of projectors casting images on a 45-ton set consisting of 24 planks that rotate on a single axis and move up and down. The tech was licensed by Duru to a company called Réalisations.

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YouTube's 3D channel will begin supporting 3D mobile uploads according to this piece on the electronista site. The first mobile device to enable this will be the world's first 3D phone LG's Optimus 3D. It has twin cameras and a 4.3 inch autostereoscopic display.

Will this be a major turning point in the acceptance of user-created 3D video? A phone that shoots 3D video is pretty impressive in my book!

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Ray Zone brings Classic 3D Comic Books to the iPad

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Ray Zone, the acknowledged King of 3D Comic Books, is bringing his catalog of classic 3D conversions and restorations to Apple's iPad: Ray Zone's 3D Comics. Ray has done more 3D conversions of comic book material in the modern era than anyone else on the planet including classic material from the 1950s through to contemporary work from the 1980s to the present day. He's also an author, film historian, artist, photographer, filmmaker and all-around swell guy.

To listen to Ray speak on topics stereoscopic from the Consumer Electronics Show in 2010, go here for Larry Magrid's For the Record podcast.

Go to Amazon and buy copies of his two most recent books Stereoscopic Cinema and the Origins of 3-D Film, 1838-1952 and 3-D Filmmakers: Conversations with Creators of Stereoscopic Motion Pictures.

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February 9, 2011

Winter meeting, February 11, 7pm

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Friday, February 11, 7pm
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue at 70th street
RSVP to info@ny3D.org to reserve your seat at this event.

Program is a selection of works by members and friends.
30 minutes of 3D projection plus a break for viewing and visiting.

TIME TO RENEW: Annual membership in the New York Stereoscopic Society is just $25 for 2011. You can renew via paypal (dues@NY3D.org) or send an old fashioned paper check to:

NY Stereoscopic Society
PO Box 250567
New York, New York 10025

February 3, 2011

An Evening in Celebration of the Anaglyph - Monday, February 7, 2011

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NYSS member Gerald Marks will be hosting a projection evening in his midtown loft, in celebration of Anaglyph as a 3-D art-form. It will be Monday evening Feb. 7. Doors will open at 6:30 PM; the presentations begin at 7:30 PM.

There is limited space available for NYSS members to be there. Please RSVP to PullTime3d@aol.com if you'd like to attend. Address and instructions will be sent in return.

Paul Johnson, Terry Wilson, Claudia Kunin and Marks himself will show a variety of their newer work in the medium. Recent trends in the marketing of 3-D have given short shrift to Anaglyph, despite it being the de-facto standard for 3-D on the Internet and the most convenient all-around way to communicate using depth... as well as inherently beautiful.

Excellent red/blue glasses will be provided and you can decide whether they deserve the appellation "dorky" and speculate as to why a hardware-based industry might fear them.

January 10, 2011

ReFEEET Performance - Saturday, Jan. 15 - Two Shows 7 & 9pm

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Eric Drysdale's The Man With F.E.E.E.T. event was so much fun that that a re-premiere is planned with even more comedy, brass ensemble, live narration, and View-Master stereoscopy.

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Two shows this Saturday at 7 and 9 pm at the Producers Club Grand Theater, 358 West 44th Street at Ninth Ave Tickets at brownpapertickets.... (includes 3 reel packet, booklet thingy, and View-Master viewer!)

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Don't forget to renew your New York Stereoscopic Society membership for 2011.

November 19, 2010

The Man With F.E.E.E.T.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010
2 SHOWS! 7:00 and 9:00

Roy Arias Studios and Theaters - Theater 500
300 West 43rd st.
New York, NY 10036

Tickets: $20

NY Stereoscopic Society co-founder Eric Drysdale (The Colbert Report, The Daily Show) premieres "The Man With F.E.E.E.T.," a set of 3 View-Master reels with 21 photographs in eye-popping 3D, accompanied by a 12-page read-along storybook. The centerpiece of the show will be a staged reading of the adventure, which spoofs the TV-licensed View-Master reels of the 1960s and '70s. The reading will be presented by cast members while each audience member enjoys the 3-dimensional images in his or her own View-Master viewer. Between each reel, some of the funny people involved in the creation of "The Man With F.E.E.E.T." will perform bits related to the primary nonsense as well as free-floating nonsense. Ticket price includes a View-Master viewer and the Reel/Storybook packet for you to take home or give to a friend. (no refunds) Additional copies will be available for sale.

The reading will feature some of the stars of the reels, including Christian Finnegan, Rob Lathan, Amber Nelson, and Anthony Atamaniuk. Some of those people and others will also be doing comedy. There will also be music. Should be odd.

Another fine product from the Humor Logistics Corporation.

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