Dubbed "the greatest break-up story ever told," Nina Paley's feature film, "Sita Sings the Blues" is available for FREE DOWNLOAD via www.thirteen.org.
Based on the indian epic "Ramayana," Paley intertwines the story of her crumbling marriage. Paley is the self-taught comic artist behind "Fluff" and "Nina's Adventures," and has been making short films for the past 10 years. Set to the retro jazz vocals of Anne Hanshaw, "Sita Sings the Blies" tells the story of a goddess who is separated from her lord husband Rama. Paley weaves her own personal drama into the trials of the goddess Sita as her real-life romance crumbles and her husband, having moved to India, breaks up with her via e-mail.
Paley breaks ground not just with this edgy, modern, and gorgeously animated film, but in her decision to release it for free through the Creative Commons Distribution-Share Alike Licence. With the future of film / music / video distribution in a major state of flux at the moment, Paley takes a grassroots approach, hoping to clear the rights to licence the copy-restricted songs used in her film through artist support and donation.