2001-09-13 | New Asian Currents SPECIAL

A roundtable discussion and screenings of experimental films

Filmmakers Information Center / Searching for New Contexts

Dates: Saturday, October 6 12:00–17:30
Venue: Yamagata Citizens’ Hall, Small Hall

To support the exhibition and distribution of non-commercial films like experimental and short films in Japan, a new filmmakers’ cooperative called Filmmakers Information Center (FMIC) will be launched next spring. Collecting and compiling a database of films and filmmakers and assisting distribution will be the foci of the group’s activities. What activities do they have planned for the future?

<Part I / Roundtable: Filmmakers’ coops in Japan and Thailand>

FMIC head and filmmaker Sueoka Ichiro meets with Kick the Machine (Bangkok, an filmmakers’ support center) rep Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Thai Short Film and Video Festival director Chalida Uabumrungjit to discuss the future of non-commercial film.

<Part II / Screenings: Two approaches to Japanese experimental film history>

Presenting two different screening programs reflecting variant approaches to the history of Japanese experimental film, Part II discusses the potential and fun of film curation and application. Film selection and commentary courtesy of FMIC member Nishimura Tomohiro.

Screening Program

A: Repetition and Structure

  • Atman
    Director: Matsumoto Toshio
    1975 / 16mm / 11 min

  • Le Cinema
    Director: Okuyama Junichi
    1975 / 16mm / 5 min

  • Metamorphose Vol. 3 (Mix Juice)
    Director: Kurosaka Keita
    1985 / 8mm / 15 min

  • The Stone Steps with a Blue Handrail
    Director: Nishimura Tomohiro
    1990 / 8mm / 7 min

  • The Rainbow of Odds
    Director: Sueoka Ichiro
    1998 / 16mm / 8 min

  • Gestalt
    Director: Ishida Takashi
    1999 / 16mm / 7 min

B: Defamiliarization and Image

  • Ai (LOVE)
    Director: Iimura Takahiko
    1963 / 16mm / 10 min

  • Tokyo Honeymoon
    Director: Aoi Katsumi
    1985 / 8mm / 13 min

  • The Mercury
    Director: Nagaya Miho
    1995 / 8mm / 20 min

  • Rocking Chair
    Director: Kano Shiho
    2000 / 16mm / 13 min