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Sunday, November 15, 2009
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Up for Grabs

events/baseball100.jpg This bitingly funny documentary tells the true tale of absurdity that surrounded the million-dollar baseball from Barry Bonds' record-setting 73rd home run. Did you know the guy who ended up with the ball was Japanese American? The filmmakers will join us for a Q&A after the screening.

Up for Grabs (Best Documentary - Audience Award, Los Angeles Film Festival)

Thursday, October 1, 2009
8:00 PM—11:00 PM

ID Film Festival

events/idlogo100_.jpg The second annual ID Film Festival showcases films that challenge and celebrate what it means to be Asian.

$5 for members; $8 non-members per program. Or you can buy a festival pass for $30. (Unless otherwise noted.) For more information about the festival, go to: www.idfilmfest.org.


8 PM - OPENING NIGHT:
  • Seikaku (Directed by Jaysn Kim)

  • Sunsets (Directed by Michael Aki & Eric Nakamura): A special never-before-seen new cut. This film is part of our Class of 1997 retrospective.


  • MORE INFO ABOUT THE FILMS: (By Gillian Sand)
    Sunsets, the first feature by filmmakers Michael Aki and Giant Robot’s Eric Nakamura, opens the festival with a brand new cut. Premiered as part of the Class of 1997 at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival over a decade ago, Sunsets has never been commercially released. ID Film Fest presents this rare opportunity to look at this first feature by two talented filmmakers.

    Shot on grainy black and white 16mm film, the very medium of rebel cinema, Sunsets chronicles the ennui, drunken bouts and petty crimes of three young men, a white guy, a Hispanic and a Japanese American (played by filmmaker Aki himself) growing up in Watsonville. The film is very much a coming-of-age story that is compelling in its purity and rawness. Smart, funny and irreverent, this little seen film shows a rare slice of Asian American cinema never been attempted before. A critic has asserted that the film is “smarter and more credible than anything Gregg Araki has come up with.”

    Sunsets is preceded by the “Seikaku,” a compelling documentary short about a Japanese tattoo artist in Los Angeles. The short was produced as a student project for UCLA's Ethnocommunications program.

    10 PM - Opening Reception.

    Other ID Film Festival Screenings

    Day 2 of the ID Film Festival

    Final Day of the ID Film Festival

    Sumo East and West: Sept. 26, 2009- Sept. 26, 2009, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA
    Saturday, September 26, 2009
    2:00 PM—5:00 PM

    Sumo East and West

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    SUMO EAST AND WEST is a feature documentary about Westerners in the ancient Japanese sport of sumo. The film traces this cultural upheaval from sumo’s introduction to America by Japanese immigrants in the 19th century, through the success of US-born sumotori such as Akebono and Konishiki, to efforts to establish it as a popular sport in the US today.

    Shot in Japan, Hawaii, Los Angeles, and Atlantic City, SUMO EAST AND WEST was directed and photographed by Ferne Pearlstein, winner of the 2004 Sundance Documentary Cinematography Prize for “Imelda.”

    Former professional sumotori who rose through the ranks alongside Akebono and amateur sumo star, Wayne Vierra, to follow in special Q&A. The Sumo East and West DVD is available at the Museum Store.

    Thursday, August 13, 2009

    Summer Film Festival: Crossroads: Boyle Heights

    events/boyle100.gif To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center, the National Museum will continuously screen Crossroads: Boyle Heights.

    This documentary was compiled from life histories of past and present neighborhood residents of Boyle Heights. It was originally produced for exhibition, BOYLE HEIGHTS: The Power of Place (2002), at the Japanese American National Museum.

    55 min.

    [Purchase a copy of Crossroads: Boyle Heights at the Museum Store Online]

    This special showing will be screened at the Terasaki Orientation Theater.
    Saturday, August 1, 2009

    Summer Film Festival: Big Drum: Taiko in the United States

    events/big_drum100.gif To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center, the National Museum will continuously screen Big Drum: Taiko in the United States.

    Featuring America's pioneering taiko figures, this DVD documents the development of American taiko as presented in the National Museum's exhibition of the same name. It includes interviews and footage of drum-making and performances that reflect the ongoing transformation and diversification of this exciting performing art.

    2 hrs

    [Purchase a copy of Big Drum: Taiko in the United States at the Museum Store Online]

    This special showing will be screened at the Terasaki Orientation Theater.
    Thursday, July 16, 2009

    Summer Film Festival: Top of Their Game

    events/Top100.gif To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center, the National Museum will continuously screen Top of Their Game.

    Top of Their Game profiles Japanese American athletes from three generations and nine different sports. Interviews, historical images and action footage reveal the behind-the-scenes stories of those who have risen to the “top of their game.”

    Featured are Kristi Yamaguchi, Tommy Kono and Emerick Ishibawa, Wayne Miyata and Don Kadowaki, Judy Kikuta and Dusty Mizunoue, Wally Yonamine, Bob Kinjii Shibuya, Wat Misaka, Ann Kiyomura Hayashi, and Johnnie, Eric and Chad Morton.

    62 min.

    [Purchase a copy of Top of Their Game at the Museum Store Online]

    This special showing will be screened at the Terasaki Orientation Theater.
     

     

     

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