It’s all kicking off in a few hours, the opening night of the second Canada-based showcase for up-and-coming new filmmakers from Japan known as Shinsedai, and I dare say that a fair few of my regular readers are going to be there. I can’t be, of course, due to the recent arrival of my baby son, but I will be there in spirit, and am raising a glass to you all of you as I type – there’s a five hour time distance between London and Toronto so I hope you’ll forgive me if I start a little ahead of schedule.
The first evening is going to present you with a pretty impressive evening of Momoko Ando’s Kakera: A Piece of Our Life, much appreciated in these parts, and a programme of Kihachiro Kawamoto’s gorgeous stop motion animations. I’ve been harping on about the Kawamoto films for over 7 years, have written articles, programmed seasons etc etc, so hopefully you’ll have got the message by now – I think these are brilliant.
Anyway, if you are there, you won’t need to read the ramblings on the blog of someone the other side of the Atlantic to let you know what’s going on, and if you are not there, there’s not much point in me telling you about the programme anyway – it will only frustrate you. I will however be posting links to any news I find on the web about the weekend, as it is happening, in the comments here, so keep watching this space.
I am also wondering if I can beg a favour of those who are there to indulge the wishes of the co-programmer who couldn’t make it, and to post your thoughts on the festival here in the comments section of this post, not on my Facebook please, but on jaspersharp.com, just to keep me in the loop with how things are going. Let me know what you enjoyed, what you didn’t, what else you’re getting up to at the fest – everything in fact, to make it feel like I was there, if you will. After all, the first ever postings on my website were from last year’s Shinsedai, so it would be carrying on the tradition. Cheers!