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September – December 2014

Sep
3
Wed
Synesthesia Film Festival: Screening #6
Synesthesia Film Festival: Screening #6
September 3, 2014

Welcome to the Synesthesia Film Festival!

This is a once a night monthly film festival that screens independent short films, student films, web series, documentaries, music videos, experimental films and animations from around the world.

The goal is to bring an eclectic mix of media and filmmakers together to mingle, share ideas, and collaborate on future projects.

The screening night starts at 6:30 PM in the lobby where the filmmakers, writers, producers, directors, actors, and editors of the short films can get to know each other.

Then the show begins at 7:00 PM and ends at 9:00 PM, followed by a short Q&A with the key filmmakers.

Afterparty at 9:30 PM down the street at a local bar or restaurant where we will tally up the scores and announce the winners of the Audience Choice Awards.

Sep
18
Thu
FRAMELINE ENCORE: LADY VALOR – THE KRISTIN BECK STORY
September 18, 2014

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FREE to ALL!!

In Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story, former U.S. Navy SEAL Christopher Beck embarks on a new mission as Kristin Beck. Kristin’s journey in search of the American ideals that she protected have a whole new meaning as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman.

LadyValorKristin served for over 20 years as a member of the elite special forces Navy SEALs on SEAL Team 1 as well as the United States Special Warfare Development Group – what many in the public refer to as SEAL Team 6. She retired in 2011 with the rank of Senior Chief and continued high-level clearance work for the United States government and the Pentagon. But Kristin hid her true identity throughout and after her service knowing she would lose it all if anyone were to know her secret. In 2013, a year and a half after retirement, Kristin came out publicly first on LinkedIn and on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 soon thereafter. Many friends, colleagues and family were taken by surprise.

This film brings exclusive interviews from Kristin’s family and friends about her service, as well as their reactions to her coming out. It also includes exclusive footage of Chris Beck in training and combat. The documentary was filmed only a few months after the AC360 piece had aired, and the truth is still fresh and emotional for those closest to her. While many people have been supportive, some in the public have expressed more bigotry than she ever expected. After a lifetime of service, Kristin has learned that her fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness did not end on the battlefield.

OFFICIAL TRAILER

Directed by Mark Herzog, Sandrine Orabona, 90 Minutes, U.S.A., 2014

Sep
25
Thu
NIPPON NIGHTS 〜 Neon Tokyo : Anime World #3 – TAMALA2010 a punkcat in space & Wake Up!! TAMALA
September 25, 2014

NIPPON NIGHTS is monthly series of Japanese cinema bridging different genres, styles and generations.

NIPPON NIGHTS 〜 Neon Tokyo : Anime World #3 – TAMALA2010 a punkcat in space & Wake Up!! TAMALA 

 

Thursday, September 25th

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The 3rd program of the special series “Neon Tokyo” is “TAMALA”, Japanese animated film about kitten from the Planet of Cats, who sets out to solve the mystery of her birth.

With large eyes and a cherubic face. She is cute enough to make go crazy for her until she opens her mouth that is. Don’t be fooled by her innocent face; TAMALA is a real hell-on-wheels, bitter-sweet punk cat.

Playful, one year old, female cat. She played the heroine in the theatrical film ”TAMALA 2010 a punkcat in space” in 2002.

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Originally Written, and Directed by t.o.L  / Music by t.o.L & trees of Life  /

Voice Over : ATSUKO HARASIMA, SHINJI TAKEDA, TAKESHI KATO, SATO(54-71),

BEATRICE DALLE

Producers : t.o.L & SEIICHI TSUKADA & KAZUKO MIO /  2D Animation : KENTARO NEMOTO /

3D CG Direction :MICHIRO TSUTSUMOTO & KENJI OKADA / Editor : KENSUKE KAWAMURA & DAISHIN SUZUKI

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92 mins. /2002 / English Subtitled

Presented by CULTURE PUBLISHES

“Wake Up!! TAMALA

 In 2010, the new “TAMALA” film project started cooperated with one of the world most famous environmental preservation fund, WWF Japan. 『Wakeup!! TAMALA』 depicts the vision of the crisis which has been destroying the biodiversity by human civilization during the poetic time travel with TAMALA. The subject of death and rebirth, as the place of origin of its concept, has been set in this film with the perspective of the nature conservation.” -

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Animation Creator : Kentaro Nemoto

Production : Tokyo News Service,Ltd

Executive Producer : Takashi Okuyama(Tokyo News Service,Ltd)

Producer : Akira Takeuchi(Tokyo News Service,Ltd)

Associate Production : Team From JP.

http://www.myspace.com/fromjp

Voice Over :  Atsuko Harashima, Chiaki Kuriyama

17mins. /2010 / English Subtitled

☆Other NIPPON NIGHTS lineup

Endorsed by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco /
Co-Presented by CAAM / Promotional Partner: btrax

Oct
1
Wed
Synesthesia Film Festival: Screening #7
Synesthesia Film Festival: Screening #7
October 1, 2014

Welcome to the Synesthesia Film Festival!

This is a once a night monthly film festival that screens independent short films, student films, web series, documentaries, music videos, experimental films and animations from around the world.

The goal is to bring an eclectic mix of media and filmmakers together to mingle, share ideas, and collaborate on future projects.

The screening night starts at 6:30 PM in the lobby where the filmmakers, writers, producers, directors, actors, and editors of the short films can get to know each other.

Then the show begins at 7:00 PM and ends at 9:00 PM, followed by a short Q&A with the key filmmakers.

Afterparty at 9:30 PM down the street at a local bar or restaurant where we will tally up the scores and announce the winners of the Audience Choice Awards.

Oct
8
Wed
BAY AREA DOCS: TONGUES OF HEAVEN
October 8, 2014

FILMMAKER ANITA CHANG IN PERSON!

“You already know the importance of saving a language. You know the reason, but not the motivation to save it,” admits Anchi Chen, one of the collaborators for TONGUES OF HEAVEN. With 96% of the world’s population speaking only 4% of the world’s languages, what does it mean today to speak your mother tongue?

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To put it another way, what do you lose when you lose your native language? Using video as the primary medium of expression, four young indigenous women from the Austronesian language territories Taiwan and Hawai’i share their questions, desires and challenges of learning their native languages.

Dir: Anita Chang. 2013. 60 min.

Anita Chang is a Bay Area independent filmmaker, educator and writer. Her award-winning works have screened internationally and broadcast on U.S. and Taiwan public television. She has taught in community centers and film departments in San Francisco, Nepal and Taiwan’s College of Indigenous Studies at National Dong Hwa University. Honors include grant awards from the Fulbright, San Francisco Arts Commission, and KQED Peter J. Owens Filmmaker programs.

Artist website: anitachangworks.com

Tongues of Heaven is a Creative Capital and National Geographic All Roads Seeds funded project.

BAY AREA DOCS is a monthly program featuring the best films made in the mecca of documentary filmmaking.

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Oct
9
Thu
FRAMELINE ENCORE: THE CIRCLE
October 9, 2014

FREE TO ALL!!

381717lPart love story, part thriller, and all astonishingly true, The Circle weaves a gorgeous 1950s period drama around a documentary to reveal the story of Zürich’s groundbreaking gay magazine Der Kreis—and its network of readers, friends, and lovers, who formed one of the first modern homophile societies.

In the years following World War II, a small band of Swiss writers dared to publish their bimonthly magazine Der Kreis (The Circle), smuggling it into countries throughout Europe. It provided subscribers with news and erotica (in German, French, and English), “artistic” physique pictorials, and—perhaps most importantly—a sense of community. The magazine’s sumptuous galas helped give Zürich a reputation as the gay capital of Europe. At one of these balls, in 1958, closeted schoolteacher Ernst Ostertag meets local drag celebrity Röbi Rapp—who is very much out of the closet (his loving mother sews his gowns for him). This encounter is the beginning of a love affair that endures today: in 2007, Ostertag and Rapp became Switzerland’s first same-sex civil partners. The film follows their relationship and the challenges faced by the controversial magazine after a gay prostitute murders a prominent client, igniting press hysteria and police crackdowns that threaten to end Zürich’s era of freedom.

Directed by Stefan Haupt, 102 Minutes, Switzerland, 2014

Oct
23
Thu
NIPPON NIGHTS #4 : IDOL IS DEAD
October 23, 2014

NIPPON NIGHTS is monthly series of Japanese cinema bridging different genres, styles and generations. In the 2nd season of the series, we introduce Japanese cinema themed with Music.The 1st title is “IDOL IS DEAD”, musical horror comedy stared by real Japanese idol group, BiS.

 

Iimgresn Japan, beautiful pop pin-up Idols rule the music scene. Frustrated in her dreams of being a star in Tokyo, Rui ended up a hostess in a provincial bar. When her former rival Momoko returns home a successful Idol singer, Rui flips out and kills her and the rest of her pop group. In order to hide the crime, she and her friends take the dead girls’ place, creating BiS (Brand-new Idol Society). But when a mad scientist reanimates Momoko as a half-robot half zombie, she retaliates on the new starlets and their fans. A strikingly original part-horror, part-comedy, part-music-video starring one of Japan’s freshest pop sensations. (in Japanese with English subtitles) 

 

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Once, Rui has aimed at a singer. However, now, she was frustrated and was doing the hostess’s work in the country. When Rui goes home together with a friend’s Tsunko, She met Momoko, the rival at the time of her having aimed as a singer. Momoko became an idol singer and was successful. On the grounds that Momoko has ridiculed Rui, Rui killed two friends, her and her. In order that Rui may escape a crime, She formed the idol group together with Tsunko pretending to be Momoko and others.

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Director/Screenwriter : Yukihiro Kato, JAPAN, 2012, 63min. 

Casts : BiS (Brand New Idol Society)

 

 

Nov
6
Thu
FRAMELINE ENCORE: REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG
November 6, 2014

FREE TO ALL!!

RegardingSusanSontagREGARDING SUSAN SONTAG is an intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Passionate and gracefully outspoken throughout her career, Susan Sontag became one of the most important literary, political and feminist icons of her generation. The documentary explores Sontag’s life through evocative experimental images, archival materials, accounts from friends, family, colleagues, and lovers, as well as her own words, read by actress Patricia Clarkson. From her early infatuation with books and her first experience in a gay bar; from her marriage in adolescence to her last lover, REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG is a fascinating look at a towering cultural critic and writer whose works on photography, war, illness, and terrorism still resonate today. More than any other thinker of her day, Sontag was watched, viewed, photographed and stared at. She was gazed at, and she looked back, very carefully, particularly at language and metaphor and at photography and what she called “the ecology of images.” PhotosInGlass-1024x682REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG gives viewers the chance to watch Sontag while she examines the world. REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG has been made in partnership with HBO Documentary Films and will be broadcast Fall 2014.

Directed by Nancy D. Kates, 100 Minutes, U.S.A., 2014

Dec
4
Thu
FRAMELINE ENCORE: EAT WITH ME
December 4, 2014

FREE TO ALL!!

shapeimage_1A middle-aged Asian woman leaves her bland marriage and winds up crashing in her gay son’s apartment. Mother and son attempt to reconcile their estranged relationship and rediscover their zest for life in this hilarious food-centered dramatic comedy.Food becomes a metaphor for relating through deep nourishing sustenance in Eat With Me. Filmmaker David Au has cooked up a laugh-out-loud poignant dramedy—and a food lover’s dream. This Frameline Encore screening is free and open to the public.

shapeimage_1-1Emma only knows how to add spice to her life in one way… by squirting it from a bottle of hot sauce. The rest of her life is cushy but bland: scrambled egg whites, decaffeinated coffee and her husband, Ray. She’s had enough and runs away from home. Her estranged son, Elliot, finds her lurking outside his restaurant with suitcase in hand. They try to start over again as mother and son in this odd-couple living situation. But she’s old-fashioned. He’s gay. Between them are years of awkward moments and unspoken tensions. Feeling lonely, Emma accidentally befriends the lady next door who’s so eccentric that Emma’s way over her head. Meanwhile, a passionate encounter with a man in a bar turns Elliot’s fear of commitment on its head. With dumplings, dessert, whiskey, and even Ecstasy in front of them, will they give into their indulgences? And can mother and son reconcile while struggling to discover their own appetites for life?

Directed by David Au, 95 Minutes, U.S.A. 2014

Dec
16
Tue
NIPPON NIGHTS #6: WONDER FULL!!
December 16, 2014

 NIPPON NIGHTS is monthly series of Japanese cinema bridging different genres, styles and generations. In the 2nd season of the series, we introduce Japanese cinema themed with Music.

I heard Mizue is making animation. How exciting! I can’t wait to see!!  

                                                                                                    —Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)

s_wonder_omoteInternationally Noteworthy, Japanese Animation Creator : Mirai Mizue! His works have been screened and judged at many international film festivals and he continues to forge the future of the Japanese independent animation scene. Since 2002, he has been creating abstract animations, known as his ‘cell animations’, in which cell structures form the central motif.

In 2011, Modern No.2 was nominated to the Orizzonti section at the Venice Film Festival and to the Spectrum section at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, enthralling audiences with its vivid colors and dynamic, delicate movements synchronized with music. In 2012, Modern No.2 won the SACEM Award for Original Music Prize at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, the world’s biggest animation festival. With his vast experience and boundless energy, Mizue is in his prime as a filmmaker.
In “WONDER FULL!!”, a film that Mirai selected and joined some films from his works himself will be screened.

Director’s statements

wonderfull_making03Getting this pleasant opportunity to show many of my films first time, I take into account of the order, music and screen size of my works since 2003 to make those like one long-animation film. I believe it will help you to enjoy and understand all films naturally and smoothly.

(As life and death is never-ending and have existed since extremely long time ago, it is probably just one tiny piece what I can feel.)
s_wonderfull_wonder1Our body is composed of over 60 trillion cells. Surprisingly, it is way much more than the number of all stars in the solar system. Needless to say, each of our cells is alive and both life and death take place for each cell again and again and again until our lives will end. The world is always full of WONDER.
If you feel wonder, miracle, surprise, and a mass of happiness through my masterpiece, I am very much satisfied.

wonderfull_playg■Modern No. 2 –We went for it without any hesitation. We’ve formed the world at a quickening pace. What on earth is this world that we have created?

■JAM– The sound is piled up. The image is piled up as well. Before long, the screen becomes chaotic.

wonderfull_lostu■Minamo– Made by a frame-by-frame shooting of ink streaming on the surface of water.

■FANTASTIC CELL– This animation is Mirai Mizue’s debut film.vThe birth of ‘cell animations’.

■METROPOLIS– This film was requested from the Seoul International Cartoon And Animation Festival, and produced for the appeal of Seoul City, South Korea.

■TATAMP– wonderfull_devourdEach living object has its own sound.a Thus the sounds varied when there are more living objects. It becomes chaotic, and at the same time, melodic.

■TRIP! TRAP!– An expression of a chaotic world. A mixture of different techniques.Graduation film.

■MODERN– The hexahedron keeps changing shape. Besides, anything doesn’t happen.

wonderfull_jam■LOST UTOPIA– The tale of the Biblical Adam and Eve is used as the motif in this anthropomorphic phantasmagoria of animated images.

■DEVOUR DINNE– Various dinners made with different living things…

■Adamski– A subjective view of an UFO. Shot frame-by-frame along the Tama River.

wonderfull_making01■Playground– An improvisation that combines several images: the innocent world-view of a child, the continuousness of life, order and chaos, unity and division and the real streaming world.

■AND AND– It is born. It dies. They repeat. The mandala of a life. Hypnotic patterns by Mirai Mizue for Toru Matsumoto’s And And.

 

Mirai Mizue Director/Animator

He was born in Tokyo, 1981. People around him was surprised by his drawing a perfect circle when he was three. He started making animation by himself when someone told him that his illustrations looked like it was moving in his study at the Department of Graphic Design, Tama Art University.

His high quality pictures that he drew by hand on paper and his method to make animation by computer with scanning all papers with his original drawings attract people beyond the border or stereotyped animation.
His first work “FANTASTIC CELL”(2003) debuted on the world stage after received recommendation of the jury at Japan Media Arts Festival.
The short animated films he made has been always beloved around the world.
His graduation film “LOST UTOPIA”(2007) has screened over eighty film festivals in the world.
In 2011, “MODEERN NO.2″ was screened in the Orizzonti section of the Venice International Film Festival,
and he became the first Japanese who received SACEM Award(an award for best music)
at Annecy International Animation Film Festival in the next year.
Director : Mirai Mizue Produce : Shuma Hirose Ad & Pub Advisor : Keiko Kusakabe DCP : Makotoya Co.,Ltd./Silk Purse Enterprises
ORIGINAL TITLE ( JAPANESE ) : ワンダー・フル!! / ENGLISH TITLE : WONDER FULL!! / GENRE : ANIMATION / PRODUCTION YEAR : 2014 / PRODUCTION COUNTRY:JAPAN / SCREEN SIZE : 16:9 / VISUAL : Color / SOUND : Stereo / SCREENING FORMAT : DCP, Blu-ray / LENGTH 79min /Distributed by Makotoya Co.,Ltd + CALF / ©2014 CALF