3rd Annual Shinsedai Cinema Festival: July 21-24

Escape the heat tomorrow for the opening of the 3rd Annual Shinsedai Cinema Festival. Programmed by Chris MaGee (Toronto J-Film Pow-Wow) and Jasper Sharp (Midnight Eye), the festival showcases the best of Japanese independent film. My must-see screenings are the feature length animation by Keita Kurosaka Midori-ko (Fri Jul 22 - 9pm) and the CALF Animation Showcase (Sun Jul 23 - 1pm), which features many new works by artists from my Seconds Under the Sun programme (2009-2010). 

See you there!

Sight & Sound article on Japanese underground cinema of the 60s

‘Theatre Scorpio: Japanese Independent and Experimental Cinema of the 1960s’ runs 12–28 July at the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club over the next four Tuesdays in July. Related events run at Flat Time House and Birkbeck College.

The Art Theatre Guild’s 50th anniversary is celebrated in a retrospective at the BFI Southbank through July. Alexander Jacoby surveys the legacy of the ATG in the August 2011 issue of Sight & Sound.

July 30-31: Kanai Katsu Introduces The Kingdom in London

Kanai Katsu, director of The Kingdom and other amazing experimental films, emailed me to say that he’ll be attending a symposium in London as guest director. If you’re in the city save the date and be sure to check this out! He’s a legend of Japanese cinema!

The Art Theatre Guild of Japan: Spaces for Intercultural and Intermedial Cinema

A two-day symposium on 30th & 31st July 2011 at the Gordon Square Cinema, Birkbeck College, University of London CFP

Toshio Matsumoto - Experimental Film Works 1961-1987
Rare 3 DVD Box Set from my personal library.
I’ve decided to use my personal collection as a jumping off point for posts - there’s just too much out there to share! Since I’m a lover of objects and have amassed a pretty extensive library of books and DVDs, I will sharing what I’ve collected here as a sort of visual bibliographic list. 

Toshio Matsumoto - Experimental Film Works 1961-1987

Rare 3 DVD Box Set from my personal library.

I’ve decided to use my personal collection as a jumping off point for posts - there’s just too much out there to share! Since I’m a lover of objects and have amassed a pretty extensive library of books and DVDs, I will sharing what I’ve collected here as a sort of visual bibliographic list. 

Toshio Matsumoto - Phantom (1975)

Watch more of his experimental film works on Ubu Web

Keiichi Tanaami, dark magician of electric cinema.

Keiichi Tanaami, conjuror of color television.

Keiichi Tanaami, manager of the mental discotheque.

Keiichi Tanaami, old man of the New York photogram store.

Keiichi Tanaami, colorist of the world that comes from the absence of substance.

Keiichi Tanaami, designer of young girls’ beards.

Keiichi Tanaami, zen-like meditation of the sales agent of the erotic.

Keiichi Tanaami, artisan of the non-advertising neon sign shop.

Keiichi Tanaami, Kannon Bodhisattva of electric coloring pictures.

Keiichi Tanaami, spectre of copper engraving.

Keiichi Tanaami, UFO swindler.

Keiichi Tanaami, student of the color who insists that shadows too are many hued.

Introduction by Shuji Terayama

Exhibition Catalogue “Far From the Film - Keiichi Tanaami” 1975, Image Forum (Tokyo Japan)

Translated in A Portrait of Keiichi Tanaami 14 Films 1975-2009