NIPPON NIGHTS is monthly series of Japanese cinema bridging different genres, styles and generations.
Neon Tokyo : Anime World #1 – SHORT PEACE
Wednesday, July 16th
The 1st program of the special series “Neon Tokyo” is omnibus animations including Oscar nominated short film “POSSESSION” and “COMBUSTIBLE” by Katshuhiro Otomo, the creator of “AKIRA”. Four amazing directors created four astounding animated films.
In 1995, Katsuhiro Otomo’s epic anthology MEMORIES showcased the work of upcoming superstars of the anime world. Now, Otomo’s spotlight shifts to a fresh generation of master creators with an all-new anthology of visionary films: A lone traveler is confronted by unusual spirits in an abandoned shrine in the 2013 Academy Award® nominated POSSESSIONS (TSUKUMO), directed by Shuhei Morita (COICENT, KAKURENBO). A mysterious white bear defends the royal family from the predations of a red demon in the brutal GAMBO, directed by Hiroaki Ando (FIVE NUMBERS!) from REDLINE’s Katsuhito Ishii’s original story with character designs by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (NEON GENESIS EVANGELION). The focus shifts from supernatural to science fiction for the action packed A FAREWELL TO WEAPONS (BUKI YO SARABA),as MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM designer Hajime Katoki helms Otomo’s tour-de-forcesaga of men battlingrobotic tanks in apocalyptic Tokyo, while grandmaster Otomohimself assumes the directorial reigns for a spectacular tale of love, honor and firefighting in ancient Japan with the multi-award winning COMBUSTIBLE (HI-NO-YOUJIN). Prepare your senses for the animated films that are taking the critical world by storm as a new era in anime is ushered in with Katsuhiro Otomo’s SHORT PEACE!
Director: KATSUHIRO OTOMO
- Akira (1988) – Steamboy (2004) – Memories (1995) – Mushishi (2006)
Character Design: Hidekazu Ohara
Voice Cast: Saori Hayami, Masakazu Morita
Director: SHUHEI MORITA
- Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek (2005) – FREEDOM (2006 – 2008) - Coicent (2010)
Original Story/Concept Design: Keisuke Kishi
Character Design: Daisuke Sajiki
Director: HIROAKI ANDO
FILMOGRAPHY: – FIVE NUMBERS! (2011)
Original Story/screenplay – KATSUHITO ISHII
- The Taste Of Tea (2004) – REDLINE (2010) - Smuggler (2011)
Original Character Design: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
Voice Cast: Mutsumi Tamura, Daisuke Namikawa
“ A FAREWELL TO WEAPONS”
Director: HAJIME KATOKI
Original Story: Katsuhiro Otomo
Character Design: Tatsuyuki Tanaka
To learn more go to http://www.elevenarts.net/th_
Endorsed by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco /
Co-Presented by CAAM / Promotional Partner: btrax
Co-presented by Fandor
SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE! FILMMAKER and FANDOR CEO TED HOPE IN PERSON!
Mother dead and wary of the authorities, 11 year-old Atticus flees deep into the forests, relying on whatever food and shelter he can find. He latches on to Carter, a pot-smoking drifter, and as their interdependence grows, neither is sure they made the right decision.
Dir: Tom Gilroy. 2014. Digital. 101 mins. 7pm.
Join us for drinks next door at Dalva following the screening. Courtesy of Fandor.
Free for members!
The Roxie and HBO present the sneak preview of the highly anticipated world premiere of Love Child!
Director Valerie Veatch in person for Q&A after the screening.
Love Child 사이버사랑 documents the first tried case of Internet Addiction. A young couple in Seoul, Korea, were immersed in the virtual world raising a fairy child in an online fantasy game while their real life baby – whose name means Love in Korean – died. What follows set International precedent in a ruling in the first case where Internet Addiction caused a fatality. This eulogy locates our humanity in a world where virtual is the new reality.
Director: Valerie Veatch / Producer: David Foox. English and Korean with English subtitles, 2014, 75 minutes, South Korea/U.S.A. Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 2014.
“Director Valerie Veatch wants to raise questions about how — and how much — a virtual-world experience could influence real-life human senses and decisions.” – The Wall Street Journal
“Love Child illustrates the difficulty in defining how much time online is too much. Can we really be addicted to the web if that’s where we work, learn, and socialize? The question is already hard to answer, and Love Child points to a future where it will only get harder.” – Wired Magazine
“While Love Child closely examines one case in South Korea, it also comments on the global growth of online gaming, the economic impact of the industry, particularly in places where it’s very popular like South Korea” - Entertainment Weekly
Love Child never attempts to cheapen the tragedy of Sarang’s death, the story won’t feel that outlandish to anybody who counts the Internet among the spaces in which they feel most social. You won’t forgive The Couple in “love child,” but you’ll understand the environment that helped set the tragedy in motion and maybe you’ll look at your own online-heavy environment in a different way.” - Hit Fix
“Instead of provoking cheap outrage, Love Child picks apart the culture surrounding the case. This is a stylish, deeply unnerving look at the direction culture might be heading.” - LA Magazine
HISTORY OF FUTURE FOLK – Screening & Live Performance!
Thursday, July 17
LIVE Q&A + PERFORMANCE FOLLOWING THE SCREENING! “Proudly low budget and just as proudly absurd, this comedy directed by J. Anderson Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker tells what happened when General Trius (Nils d’Aulaire), whose planet was on course for a catastrophic collision with a comet, came to Earth looking for a new home for his people.
His mission was to kill earthlings and take over the planet, but when he heard music, something unknown on Hondo, he became an earthling-lover, as well as a banjo player. Kevin (Jay Klaitz), sent from Hondo to take over the general’s mission, is equally captivated by music, and he and the general, performing in their spacesuits, win over the New York club scene and save both planets.
All this is presented in flashback, a story General Trius tells to his young Earth-born daughter (Onata Aprile) at bedtime. It may not make much sense in a brief plot summary, but it makes perfect, daffy sense on the screen.” – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
Dirs: John Mitchell & Jeremy Kipp Walker. 2012. Digital. 85 mins. 7:00pm
SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE!
During the seven years chronicled in the film, artist and one-man-band musician Llyn Foulkes creates, destroys and recreates a pair of large-scale, three-dimensional paintings, one that costs him his marriage, while trying to keep afloat in the fickle art market. With music written and performed by Foulkes on a massive, fanciful, self-invented musical instrument he calls “The Machine,” LLYN FOULKES ONE MAN BAND is an intimate portrait of an artist battling his own demons as well as the perceived demons of the art world.
Dirs: Tamar Halpern & Chris Quilty. 2014. Digital. 82 mins. Nightly at 7pm.
Free for members!
Starts Friday, July 18
From executive producer Zach Braff comes an epic feature length documentary chronicling the meteoric rise of video games from nerd niche to multi-billion dollar industry. Featuring in-depth interviews with the godfathers who started it all, the icons of game design, and the geek gurus who are leading us into the future, VIDEO GAMES: THE MOVIE is a celebration of gaming from Atari to Xbox, and an eye-opening look at what lies ahead.
Featuring interviews with Zach Braff, Sean Astin, Chris Hardwick, Wil Wheaton, Nolan Bushnell, Hideo Kojima, Cliff Bleszinski & Alison Haislip. Dir: Jeremy Snead. 2014. Digital. 100 mins.
JOHN HUBLEY AT 100
Sunday, July 20
Q&A WITH NOTED ANIMATOR – AND DAUGHTER OF JOHN AND FAITH – EMILY HUBLEY AFTER THE 6PM SHOW! A traveling program of films by animators John and Faith Hubley, all in new 35mm prints, celebrating John Hubley’s 100th birthday.
ADVENTURES OF AN * – A baby, represented by the “ * ” symbol, delights in the visual excitement of the world. As he matures, his ability to see diminishes. Eventually, his own child freshens his vision. Produced and Written by John and Faith Hubley in collaboration with James Johnson Sweeney. Dir: John Hubley. 1956, 11 mins.
TENDER GAME – A jazz version of the song “Tenderly,” provides the soundtrack for a delicate tale of love. Produced and Written by John Hubley Music Performed by Ella Fitzgerald and the Oscar Peterson Trio: Ray Brown, bass and Herb Ellis, guitar. 1958, 6 mins.
MOONBIRD - In a magical adventure, two brothers hunt an imaginary bird. Their dialogue is improvised. Produced and Written by John and Faith Hubley. Voices of Mark and Ray Hubley. Dir: John Hubley. 1959. 10 mins.
THE HAT – Two soldiers patrol the border between their counties. When one accidentally drops his helmet over the line, the other refuses to give it back – setting the scene for a witty exploration of peace through world law. Music and Voices by Dizzy Gillespie and Dudley Moore. Produced and Written by John and Faith Hubley for The World Law Fund. Dir: John Hubley. 1964. 19 mins.
URBANISSIMO – A comic allegory depicting a runaway “city” devouring its environs. A farmer has an encounter with the “city” and deserts his rural home for the imagined joys of urban life. Produced by John and Faith Hubley for Expo ’67, Montreal. Music by Benny Carter. Dir: John Hubley. 1967. 6 mins.
WINDY DAY - An improvised dialogue of two little girls is the background for the expressive visualization of their view of marriage and babies, love and death. Voices of Emily and Georgia Hubley. Produced and Directed by John and Faith Hubley. 1968. 9 mins.
OF MEN AND DEMONS - A simple fisherman faces the challenges posed by climate and modernity as personified by three resourceful demons. Music by Quincy Jones Produced and Directed by John and Faith Hubley. 1968. 9 mins.
EGGS - Mother Nature bickers with Death over control of humankind before a fateful decision is made. Music by Quincy Jones. Voices of David Burns, Anita Ellis, and Grady Tate. Produced and Written by John and Faith Hubley
Dir: John Hubley. 1970. 10 mins.
STORY OF RELEASE
Organized in collaboration with the Hubley family, Cinema Conservancy’s centennial tour coincides with The Believer Magazine’s 2014 Film Issue. The issue will feature a DVD with a number of the Hubleys’ films, including “Cockaboody” (1973), “The Hole” (1963), and “Date With Dizzy” (1958), as well as commercials, home movies and storyboards.
Visually striking, playful and innovative, the selected films address a wide range of topics – from urbanization and overpopulation to two boys’ search for a pet bird – and feature the voices of Dizzy Gillespie, Dudley Moore, and the Hubleys’ children (Emily, Georgia, Mark and Ray), as well as music from Benny Carter, The Oscar Peterson Trio and Quincy Jones.
John Hubley began his training at Disney (where his participation in the studio’s famous 1941 strike caused him and other animators to be fired and later blacklisted) and went on to the Army’s Motion Picture Unit and UPA. The personal and creative partnership between John and Faith (Elliott) Hubley lasted from the 1950′s until John’s death in 1977. True to their marriage vow to finish one independent film per year, the Hubleys created over 20 animated films together, winning three Academy Awards (for “Moonbird,” “The Hole,” and 1966’s “Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass Double Feature”), in addition to taking on ads, commissions and segments for TV shows such as Sesame Street and The Electric Company. Faith Hubley went on to make 23 more films after 1977.
Breaking new artistic ground and exploring urgent topics in their films, the Hubleys rebelled, as John told animation historian John Canemaker, “against the sweet sentimental chipmunk and bunnies idiom of animation.” They favored a modern aesthetic, using techniques such as wax-resistance, oil painting and bottom-lit watercolors. In their experimentations with improvised dialogue and music, the pair found inspiration everywhere, from conversations between New York construction workers to the musings of their own children. Cinema Conservancy is thrilled to be bringing the Hubley’s work back to theaters in 2014.
ADVENTURES OF AN *, THE TENDER GAME, and URBANISSIMO were preserved by The Museum of Modern Art with support from the Celeste Bartos Fund for Film Preservation.
A CINEMA CONSERVANCY RELEASE. TOTAL PROGRAM RUNNING TIME: 80 mins. 35mm. Shows Sunday, July 20 at (2pm), 4pm, 6pm & 8pm.
// FILMMAKERS IN PERSON //
7pm on Monday, July 21 only!
PORTRAIT OF THE LIVING SKY (named for the Sun Ra song) is an attempt at capturing a moment in Bay Area filmmaking, and situating that in context with works from further afield. These pieces all relate to ideas of being, transience and perspective.
Featured artists include: Miriam Gossing, Lina Sieckmann, Lily Carter, Justin Smith, Zachary Epcar, Mike Stoltz, Linda Fenstermaker, Alisa Berger, Justin Clifford Rhody, Andy Puls, Alese Osborn, Kristin Klein, Tiare Ribeaux, Alison Peery, Marcelo Gutierrez, Peter Gray Hurley, Aly O, Paris Hynes, tooth, Ben Phelps-Rohrs, Marissa Patrice Leitman, Adriana Handono & Joshua Leon Harper.
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“A Woman in Trouble”, reads the poster for David Lynch’s 2006 magnum opus (and possibly his final movie?), INLAND EMPIRE. It’s about a struggling actress, the barren outskirts of Los Angeles, the shadowy inner-workings of Hollywood, a troubled remake of a cursed, never-completed Polish movie. There’s a family of rabbits on television and two musical numbers. In many ways, it is the ultimate David Lynch movie, and we’re very excited to let you know he’s letting us borrow his personal 35mm print of the film!
Dir: David Lynch. 2006. 35mm. 180 mins. Nightly at 7:15pm.
Free for members!
In honor of the third and final installment of our survey of fly-on-the-wall underground music documentaries THIS MUST BE THE PLACE (starting July 25), we’d like to take about an hour and a half of your time to take a look in our own back yard. THIS IS NOISE POP traces the history of the beloved local institution, from its humble beginning in 1993 as a three-day club fest to its current incarnation. Featuring performances by Guided By Voices, Sebadoh, Bob Mould & many more!
Dir: Adam Werbach. 2011. Digital. 70 mins.