Thursday, June 25, 2009

Full inaugural Shinsedai Cinema Festival line-up announced

by Chris MaGee

After a busy few weeks of emails, phone calls, meetings and even more emails Jasper Sharp, The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and myself are is proud to announce the final round of films of The Shinsedai Cinema Festival's inaugural line-up.

You'll remember that our first round of films included the Canadian premieres of Masahide Ichii's "Naked of Defenses", Yasutomo Chikuma’s documentary drama "Now, I…", and Yuki Tanada's debut feature film "Electric Button (Moon & Cherry)". Now you can add the Canadian premiere of Yuya Ishii’s surreal father/ daughter comedy "Girl Sparks" (above), Touru Hano’s moody and sexy indie horror film "Thunderfish (Raigyo)", plus a very special co-presentation with Toronto’s Reel Asian International Film Festival that I'm personally very excited about of the works of Kyoto-based video artist and composer Takagi Masakatsu including the North American premiere of "Aruongaku", Takashi Tomohisa’s documentary of Masakatsu’s "Tai Rei Tei Rio" concert held on November 13th, 2008 at the Grand Gallery of the Iwate Museum of Art.

For the full Shinsedai Cinema Festival line-up click here.

The finalized schedule for The Shinsedai Cinema Festival will be posted July 15th and tickets and passes will go on sale on July 20th! So, keep checking back to the fest's official website for more information on prices and where you can pick up tickets.

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