Co-Operative Young Film Makers Festival in Bradford, England
Thursday January 19th 2006, 7:03 pm
Filed under: Festivals

Dear Friends:

In October 2005 Nik and I were invited to present a program of the history
of animation through music. The festival turned out to be such a wonderful
experience that I wrote an article about it for our ASIFA newsletter. I
want to share it with our animation community.

If you are not on our e-mail list because you are interested in animation
then just delete this message now. To the rest of you — hope that you
enjoy it.



On October 14 and 15 2005, Nik and I had the rewarding experience of appearing at the Co-operative Young Film Makers Film Festival at the National Museum of Photography, Film, and Television in Bradford, England. The Festival is one of the few non-competitive young people’s film festivals in the world (the films are juried), and is a celebration of filmmaking which allows young people from 6 to 21 to see their works beautifully projected on the big screen and to explore creativity through workshops presented by industry professionals during the two day event.


Wednesday January 18th 2006, 4:55 pm
Filed under: Events

February 4, 2006 at 8PM doors open at 7:30


At TRINITY CHAPEL 2320 Dana Street

between Bancroft Way and Durant Avenue in Berkeley

Information and press inquiries:

Telephone: 415/ 681-3189 e-mail:

Visit our Web Site:

$12.00 General admission

$8.00 Senior, Disabled, Students ALL Ages Welcome

Most people think of animated short films as strictly Saturday morning kiddie fare, but composer Nik Phelps and his producer wife Nancy Denney-Phelps, with their “Ideas In Animation” series, have shown the Bay Area that cartoons are not just kid’s stuff. Nik and Nancy have been planning a permanent move to Gent, Belgium and at long last plans have reached realization and they will be leaving the Bay Area in early April. This concert on February 4 at the Trinity Chapel will be an opportunity for long time Sprocket fans to come say goodbye, and if you have never had the chance to hear Nik’s unique musical scores, this is an opportunity not to be missed.


Sprocket press release for Feb 4 concert and a msg. for all our Bay Area friends
Wednesday January 18th 2006, 4:55 pm
Filed under: Performances

Dear Friends:

Nik and I have reached an amicable settlement with our landlord, and so our
February 4th performance at Trinity Chapel in Berkeley will be our last Bay
Area appearance for a long while.  We must be out of our home on or before
31 March, and our appearance at Trinity Chapel will be the last Nik Phelps
and the Sprocket Ensemble Bay Area appearance for some time.  There will be
a reception after the show.

Please come to the show (there will be a reception following it) and make
our last performance a night to remember.  We will soon be starting our
garage sales in earnest, so if there is something in our house that you have
always had your eye on –JUST ASK if we are selling it!!!

We love all of you, and will especially miss everyone at Thanksgiving and
Christmas but we take with us so many happy memories and beautiful
photographs thanks to Christine Torrington.  We hope you all with come visit
us in Belgium and remember to patronize our garage sales!!!!


Nik and Nancy


There will be several going away parties — we’ll keep everybody posted –


Renowned Swiss Animator and our good friend is actually flying into SF for
the last Sprocket show so that gives us and ASIFA a good reason to have a
party in his honor.  Please  bring your favorite beverage to share — ASIFA
and Botany Bay Catering (AKA:  me) will provide a delicious spread.

We will screen several of Rolf’s works  and give him a real San Francisco

Sunday, 5 February

2066  30th Avenue (between Pacheco and Quintara)

San Francisco

We love all of our friends and all are welcome BUT this is an ASIFA party to
honor Rolf so if you are not interested in animation please wait for our
going away parties!!!!