Earlier this week we introduced the Japan-related feature films in the upcoming Philadelphia Asian-American Film Festival. As promised, we’re back to profile some of the short films and introduce our ticket giveaway contest. Before we get to the shorts, I failed to mention the opening night reception. Following the screening of Someone I Used to Know is a free reception for ticket holders with sushi, beer and (presumably) movie loving people, so check that out if any/all of that sounds appealing. On to the shorts!
On top of its slate of feature films, PAAFF is hosting three short film programs – SciFi/Horror,Family Friendly & Animation, and Odds & Ends. All three programs are free. The Family Friendly & Animation screening is at Asian Arts Initiative, and the others are at International House. Amongst these 3 screenings you’ll find 6 Japanese films:
Memory Sculptor is a 17 min sci-fi film from Director Ken Ochiai (who you might recall from Tiger Mask) about people with the power to erase memories. But what happens when people fight to keep their memories?
The Odds & Ends program features a trio of unique films. People Aren’t All Bad is a short interview with a Japanese American Internment Camp Survivor from Director Matthew Hashiguchi. In No Longer There, a dental prosthetic technician day dreams about the young woman whose dentures he is creating, developing complicated feelings for this woman he has never met except for in the intimate imaginary world of his own creation. But what happens when this man and woman meet in the real world? From Director Nobuyuki Miyake. The last of the trio is Honorable Journey a short documentary about the generation Japanese Americans who came of age during World War II. Directed by Stephen Menick and narrated by George Takei the film explores the conflicts of loyalty brought on by the war.
The Family Friendly & Animation program features Cycloid – Director Tomoki Kurogi’s touching hand drawn animation showing the interconnectivity of our planet. And Box of Hearts from Director Asako Ushio in which Jenny gives her single father Cody dating tips while he makes her an elaborate bento box lunch.
We’ve only covered the Japanese connections, but check out PAAFF’s website for more programs, information and trailers.
Still with me? Good. Next week, we’ll have 3 trivia questions posted to our facebook page. First correct and complete response will get a pair of tickets to all three Japanese features – Hafu, Tiger Mask, and Sake Bomb. You never know when these questions may strike so be on the lookout.
We’ll also be raffling off a pair of tickets for each of these films to JASGP Members. The raffle will be open to all members current as of October 4. You can learn more about JASGP membership here.
That’s all we have for today. Start gearing up for an exciting few weeks of film.