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May 22, 2014

A Is for Aye Aye

St. Francis Professor Looks to Kickstarter for new Film Project

A 9 year old girl walks in to the New York Public Library and steps out on an alphabetical adventure in the new short film, A is for Aye Aye: An Abecedarian Adventure, planned by St. Francis College Communication Arts Professor Augusta Palmer.

Palmer whose previous work includes the full length documentaries, If You Succeed (2007, co-directed with Chris Arnold) and The Hand of Fatima (2009), as well as the award winning short film, Nugatory (2012), has already produced a teaser version of Aye Aye to help raise money via Kickstarter for the new project.

The film has become a sort of community effort at St. Francis College, with current students, alumni and professors doing their part to help cast, shoot, edit and promote the movie.

“An ‘abecedarian’ is defined as a person learning their ABCs, or a beginner in all things,” said Professor Palmer. “My film will combine live action and animation, pointing towards traditional alphabet books and evoking the boundless imagination of a ‘beginner in all things’.”

The A-Z elements of Aye Aye are culled from the New York Public Library’s Picture Collection, an alphabetically organized treasure of over 1 million image clippings dating back to 1915.

Professor Palmer hopes to have her film finished in time for the 100th anniversary of the collection.

The deadline to donate to the Kickstarter campaign is this Monday, May 26 at midnight. (

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City’s five boroughs and beyond.


St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

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