August – November 2014
Here & Far: A collection of short films born to the screen by some of the bay areas most enthralling emerging filmmakers. Curated by Sarah Marie Flores
When Gravity Changes (2009)
Written and Directed by Noel Von Joo and Ariel Dovas
Featuring the Talents of Mike Ross, Joel Goulet, Rory Bartle, Hilary Von Joo
The moon has moved closer to the Earth causing an array of surprising side effects.
Being stuck on your roof at the end of the world (as we know it) might have its perks. Spend some time with an apathetic white male stuck on a suburban rooftop on an Earth that is forever night. Strange creatures, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll carry this strange story. Intoxication is a must for this enticing take on cinema.
From the group of artist that brought you The Secret Alley Workshop in San Francisco
Shot in 2005 On Marvelous MiniDV
Vacation (2014) Written and Directed by Tracy Brown
“An unconventional young man, wheels, deals, and steals his way through the city grind, all in the pursuit of the one thing that will bring him happiness: That is, to escape.
As Long as There is Plenty (2013) Written and Directedby Kenneth Vaughn
Penniless and alone, a man struggles to marry his aspirations to reality while living in poverty. Propelled by his own delusions of what our most widely held ideals of success are, the nameless protagonist, a man debilitated by a fantasy of success which eludes him in his waking life, attempts to circumvent economic poverty while neglecting to maintain his physical and mental well-being, resulting in a body living squalor with a mind living in a dream. Isolated in a dilapidated home, his mental state begins to reflect his surroundings. The film’s nameless protagonist accommodates his delusions with his circumstances by cutting every corner, avoiding social contact and compulsively notating his physical and financial losses. To save money, he has chosen to detach himself from the outside world, his isolation, morphing into mania, leaves him with a mindset that feeds into his delusions. As time progresses, the protagonist’s meticulous obsession with his pursuit of success begins to show its self-destructive toll on his physical well being: loss of weight, lack of sunlight and malnourishment, all become apparent as his appearance disintegrates. Fighting through the problems of failing mental and physical health, our protagonist, Armed with little more than blind determination and misguided concepts of success, takes a shot at the American dream.
Chaos Directed by Natalie Eakin
An experimental work using direct cell animation featuring a score by the filmmakers’ grandfather.
Bequeath the Heart By Zack Von Joo
Filmmaker Zach Von Joo: “Blood is scrutinized through time. My father’s gaze and mine are bound together using optical printing and hand processing. Time changed to steam and a new essence extracted.” (16mm, super-8)
Million Year Check-up By Davenzane Hayes
A classic take of an old man at the doctor looking back on his life. Animation (2014)
God Help The Girl is a musical feature film, written and directed by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of the group Belle and Sebastian. It was produced by Barry Mendel and stars Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray.
Stuart aspired to tell the story of “a better summer, or at least a summer when something happened. It happened to a boy and a girl and a girl in a city roughly the same size and population of Glasgow. Perhaps the canals were a bit grimier, the high-rise buildings taller, the streets emptier when you needed them to be, and the beat clubs busier than the ones around here. But on the whole the city was this one.”
According to Barry Mendel, “It’s a simple story – about the brief moment after you’ve realised what you want to do with your life, before your dream settles into becoming your job, when you’re filled with enthusiasm, meeting like-minded friends and the possibilities are endless.”
The film was shot, edited, scored and mixed in Glasgow over the course of 2012-2013 and is be released in cinemas around the world in 2014.
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Director: Stuart Murdoch, 111 min. 2014
Official Site is here.
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.
In 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)
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.
(C) Copenhagen Theater 2013
Director/Screenwriter : Yukihiro Kato, JAPAN, 2012, 63min.
Casts : BiS (Brand New Idol Society)
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.
This is a documentary about Japan’s law regulating entertainments.
Noon, a venerable Osaka club, was busted in April 2012 for violating Japan’s law regulating entertainment establishments. This documentary covers the music event held in July of the same year by over 90 artist teams, who rallied in protest. The law regulating entertainment businesses makes it illegal to allow patrons to dance, but the law went into effect in 1948, and in many ways is out of step with contemporary society. This film delves into problems in Japan’s music industry with interviews of performers like Ito Seiko and Hanaregumi, who have their doubts about the law.
Dancers displeased with the anti-dance law and the shutdown of a popular club in Osaka are taking their arguments to the screens this month in a documentary titled “Save The Club Noon.”
Noon, located in the Nakazaki-cho district of Osaka, was forced to shut down in April 2012 after local police claimed the club violated the 1948 fueihō entertainment business control law. Eight were arrested in the case, their charges being that the club allowed approximately 20 people to dance on its premises “without permission.” The 65-year-old law was created when so-called dance clubs were used as hotbeds of prostitution. Clubbers have been quick to rise up against a recent crackdown that has caused some lawmakers to push for a reform of the law.
Directed by Moriro Miyamoto, the film’s title derives from an event held in July 2012 in which more than 90 artists gathered to protest Noon’s closure. The film features prominent media figures including novelist Seiko Ito as well as the manager of the club. -Japan Times
Directed by Moriro Miyamoto, 93mins., 2013, JAPAN, English Subtitled.
SAVE THE CLUB NOON」Production Committee.