November – December 2014

Jingle Bell Rocks!
November 29, 2014 - December 1, 2014

mitch-and-santa-directors-notesPop music tackles tough subjects like war, racism and inequality. Music evolves with the times, helping frame our vision of the world. So why, when Christmas rolls around, are we still stuck roasting tired old chestnuts with Nat King Cole? Are there any songs that embrace our modern, eclectic,conflicted, but still beloved Christmas celebration? Is there no music to inspire our slightly cranky, somewhat jaded, yet sincerely searching souls?

images-3There is! But these scrappy slices of vinyl can be hard to find. Jingle Bell Rocks! will take you on a trippy, cinematic sleighride to unearth to unearth twelve of the most amazing Christmas songs ever recorded. With titles like, “Green Chri$tma$,” “Santa Claus Was a Black Man” or “Merry Christmas Someone” these funny, sad, satirical, and scathing songs explore the flipside of the Yuletide: racial inequality, religious freedom, nuclear war, family angst, conspicuous consumption, or just the yearning sadness of being alone at the happiest time of the year.

images-4Jingle Bell Rocks! follows Christmas music junkie Mitchell Kezin as he unveils twelve of his most cherished, alternative Christmas songs. Hitting the road to uncover the stories inside the grooves, Mitchell hangs with his holiday heroes — musicians, deejays, record execs, radio hosts, composers, critics and fellow collectors — who share his passion. NYC’s hip hop archivist & music writer Bill Adler, Chicago rock promoter Andy Cirzan and LA Water Works laborer Tim Sewell are three of the world’s legendary Christmas music fanatics who will open up their hearts and their astonishing collections.

images-9We’ll feature exclusive conversations with the artists behind the music: from hiphop legend Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons of RUN DMC, to late 60s folk pop family The Free Design, from alt pop chanteuse Erin Moran of A Girl Called Eddy to “Schoolhouse Rock” creator & genuine hillbilly bebopper Bob Dorough, who wrote and sang the caustic “Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern)” — a landmark collaboration with jazz giant Miles Davis. Amid this merry mayhem, we’ll hear irreverent and insightful commentary from figures including L.A. DJ and musicologist Dr. Demento, and Canadian radio legend David Wisdom.

Through rollicking live performances, intimate interviews and a kaleidoscope of touching and kooky archive, we’ll journey deep into the Christmas cosmos, uncovering the remarkable stories behind twelve of the weirdest, wildest, most poignant Christmas songs you’ve never heard. Equal parts social history, pop culture pilgrimage and revealing character study, Jingle Bell Rocks! follows this motley crew of merry misfits as they confront the Christmas music mainstream, reinventing the seasonal soundtrack for the 21st century.

Jingle Bell Rocks Trailer HD from EyeSteelFilm on Vimeo.

PULP: a film about life, death & supermarkets
November 29, 2014 - December 4, 2014

1398116883775“I felt that the film was a triumph—moving, funny, sweet, eccentric—and the reaction from the audience, well, it’s the kind of thing that makes you feel like you are smiling with your heart. Two people who I spoke with were moved to tears. How many rock docs can you say that about?” - DANGEROUS MINDS

1398098008684PULP find fame on the world stage in the 1990’s with anthems including ‘Common People’ and ‘Disco 2000′. 25 years (and 10 million album sales) later, they return to Sheffield for their last UK concert. Giving a career best performance exclusive to the film, the band share their thoughts on fame, love, mortality – & car maintenance. Director Florian Habicht (Love Story) weaves together the band’s personal offerings with dream-like specially-staged tableaux featuring ordinary people recruited on the streets of Sheffield. PULP is a music-film like no other – by turns funny, moving, life-affirming & (occasionally) bewildering.

90min, Directed by Florian Habicht, 2014, U.S.A.


December 11, 2014 - December 13, 2014

The Filipino Arts & Cinema, International or FACINE, a nonprofit media arts organization, is committed to develop and promote Filipino American media arts and advance the interests of cinemas from the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora.

For its main activity, FACINE organizes the annual filipino american cinefestival in San Francisco.

MV5BMjIzNTg3NTgzNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTYxNjUwMTE@._V1_SX214_AL_December 11, 2014, Thursday, 7:00 p.m.  Opening Film

THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG (Documentary, In English and in Tagalog with English subtitles, 92 min, Australia, 2013)
A loving tribute to Philippines’ littlest action hero, two feet nine Weng Weng (real name: Ernesto de la Cruz), a poignant look at stardom, ephemeral and tragic
Directed and written by Andrew Leavold
Filmmaker in attendance

Bamboo Flowers posterDecember 11, 2014, Thursday, 9:00 p.m.
BAMBOO FLOWERS (Film Development Council of the Philippines/Productions 56, Narrative feature, In Tagalog with English subtitles, 130 min, Philippines, 2013)
The chandelier-shaped bamboo flowers blossom presages death; through the lives of small people in Bohol, dreams shattered, lives fulfilled. In a way.
Directed by Maryo de los Reyes and written by Aloy Adlawan
Stars Ruru Madrid, Mylene Dizon, Orlando Sol



Ang_Kwento_ni_Mabuti_posterDecember 12, 2014, Friday, 7:00 p.m. Gala Screening

ANG KWENTO NI MABUTI/The story of Mabuti
(tv5/Cinelarga Productions, Narrative feature, In Ilokano with English subtitles, Philippines, 2013), 2013 Cine Filipino Festival Best Film, Screenplay, Director
A lowly medicine woman in the hinterlands of Nueva Vizcaya finds a bag containing P 5 million and faces a most conflicting decision to keep the money or return it to its owner.
Directed and written by Mes de Guzman
Philippine Superstar Nora Aunor in the lead role with Ama Quiambao, Arnold Reyes, Mara Lopez, Sue Prado

Himpapawid Manila Skies posterDecember 12, 2014, Friday , 9:00 p.m.
Special Tribute to Raymond Red, FACINE/21 Ginto Ani Awardee
HIMPAPAWID/Manila Skies (International title)
(Pelikula Red, Filmex, Ignite Media, Pacific Film Partners, Pelipula Productons; Narrative feature, in Tagalog with English subtitles, 96 in, Philippines, 2009-2010), Gawad Urian 2010 Best Supporting Actor (Soliman Cruz), Best Supporting Actress (Sue Prado); Young Critics Circle 2011 Best Film, Editing, Cinematography & Visual Design, Performer (Raul Arellano), Screenplay
Directed and written by Raymond Red
Stars Raul Arellano, Sue Prado

Anino posterTo be preceded by ANINO/Shadows (12 min, 2000), Cannes Film Festival 2000 Best Short Film Filmmaker in attendance!

December 13, 2014, Saturday, 3:00 p.m. Shorts Program: LOST SOULS, STRANGE TIMES (TRT: 89 min)

A collection of short works about the Filipino in the here and now – in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda, overseas foreign workers in London, Japan, New York, Los Angeles – struggling for survival, dreaming of better life, finding true love
WHEN ABSENCE BECOMES PRESENCE (Angel Velasco Shaw, producer;
15 min, Philippines, 2014)
Directed by Angel Velasco Shaw
JOSEPHINE (12 min, In Bisaya, Tagalog, Japanese with English subtitles, Philippines, 2014)
Directed and written by Akie Yano
CHARLES CLOWN (19 min, Philippines, 2014)
Directed by Malaya Ronald Pasion, written by Tomi Uisinco, Ronald Pasion
HOME (5 min, Philippines, 2013)
Directed and written by Therese Cayaba
TNT (Global X, Triple MP Productions, 23 min, USA, 2014)
Directed and written by Roberto Reyes Ang
ALL THE DIFFERENCE (Suspect Device Productions, 19 min, USA, 2014)
Directed and written by Jeremy Munsayac

Aberya posterDecember 13, 2014, Saturday , 5:00 p.m.
ABERYA (CinemaOne Originals, Dream Arts Productions, Epicmedia, Panumduman Pictures; Narrative feature, In English and in Bisaya, Tagalog with English subtitles, 110 min, Philippines, 2012), Cinema One Originals Festival 2012 Best Supporting Actor (Nicholas Varela)
Directed by Christian Linaban and written by Ara Chawdhury, Christian Linaban
Sex, drugs and Catholic guilt
Stars Mercedes Cabral, Will Devaughn, Iwa Moto



Kamera Obskura posterDecember 13, 2014, Saturday 7:00 p.m.

Tribute to Raymond Red, FACINE/21 Gintong Ani Awardee

KAMERA OBSKURA (Cinemalaya, Pelipula Productions, Filmex; 76 min, Philippines, 2012), Cinemalaya Festival 2012 Best Director, Original Music Score (Diwa de Leon)
Directed by Raymond Red, written by Raymond Red, Pen Medina
Stars Pen Medina, Joel Torre, Abe Pagtama
To be preceded by ANG MAGPAKAILANMAN/The eternity (25 min, 1982)
Filmmaker in attendance

RekorderPoster_oct7December 13, 2014, Saturday , 9:00 p.m.
Closing Film
REKORDER (Cinemalaya, PelikulaRed, Filmex; Narrative feature, 90 min, Philippines, 2013), Cinemalaya 2013 Best Production Design (Ronald Red); Barcelona International Film Festival 2014 Excellence in Acting (Ronnie Quizon); Vancouver International Film Festival Best New Director
Directed by Mikhail Red, written by Mikhail Red, Ian Victoriano
A video recorder unwittingly gets entangled in a murder investigation when he shot the tragedy on his camera
Stars Ronnie Quizon, Mike Lloren, Belle Mariano
To be preceded by Pamela Reyes’s HARVEST

IN MEMORIAM: Pio Candelaria
Special screening of Pio Candelaria’s BALITA/News

Co-presented with Global Filipino Network and West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center. Major sponsor: Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. (PAWA)


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

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Endorsed by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco & Japan Foundation