Film Screenings Past Events
Harsh Canvas: The Art and Life of Henry Sugimoto
This documentary features rare home movie footage of Sugimoto painting in Jerome concentration camp and the voice of Academy Award-nominated actor Mako. The panel discussion immediately following includes Director John Esaki, musician David Iwataki and Mako.
Behind the Camera: Meet Museum Filmmakers
Screening and Discussion
Featuring: Justin Lin
This month, filmmaker Justin Lin takes us on a fresh journey with a screening of his feature length film Shopping for Fangs, which the Los Angeles Times called “a jaunty dark comedy—fresh and engaging.” The screening will be followed by a short discussion.
Behind the Camera: Meet Museum Filmmakers—Screening and Discussion
Featuring: Karen L. Ishizuka and Robert A. Nakamura
The Museum kicks off the year 2000 with a new series on the third Thursday of each month. Join the award-winning filmmaking team of Karen L. Ishizuka and Robert A. Nakamura and view two of their films: Fools’ Dance is a dramatic comedy of life (and death) in a convalescent home which stars Mako and the late Esther Rolle, and Wataridori: Birds of Passage is a pioneering film about the lives of three Issei (first generation Japanese immigrants). The screenings will be followed by a discussion with the artists.
Thursday Evenings at the Museum
Gener’asian Y is a video documentary on the lives of Asian and Pacific Islander queer youth in Los Angeles. Through interviews, the video explores discrimination, love, sex, HIV/AIDS, and empowerment through the eyes of a Pilipina American lesbian artist/musician, a 22-year-old Vietnamese gay fashion designer, a transgendered political activist from South Central L.A., and a Japanese beauty queen. These pre-Generation Xers explore their life stories about “coming out” and being young and Asian Pacific Islander in today’s society. Funded by the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team’s youth program. Free. Reservations suggested. Limited seating.
Celebrating the Community Film: the Topaz Footage and Something Strong Within
Special Community Event
Japan America Theatre
244 S. San Pedro Street
The Hollywood Reporter called the induction of this amateur film footage into the National Film Registry the “biggest surprise of the year.” Selections from the footage taken by amateur filmmaker Dave Tatsuno in Topaz, one of America’s concentration camps, will be screened along with the award-winning documentary Something Strong Within, and other amateur films. A panel discussion and reception immediately follow the screenings.
Join Master of Ceremonies Huell Howser, producer and host of KCET’s California’s Gold, for this evening of community film. Co-sponsored by the Association of Moving Image Archivists, The Getty Resesarch Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities, the Japanese American Community & Cultural Center, and the Japanese American National Museum. Free. Reservations highly recommended. Please call 213.625.0414, ext. 210.
Los Angeles Landscapes: Asian American Women in Film and Video
Three Asian America women film-makers explore Los Angeles in this unique presentation.
Fatimah Tobing Rony is a visiting scholar and lecturer at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center. Her film is entitled, Concrete River tells the story of a woman’s search to find out about her murderess mother’s past.
Hyun Mi Oh is a writer for film and television and has taught screenwriting at San Francisco State University. La Señorita Lee is her film about a Korean American who must choose between family loyalty and personal freedom.
Martha Chono-Helsey is a media artist and currently teaches video production at the University of California, Irvine. 30 Miles From J-Town is her film based on poet and performer, Amy Uyematsu’s life about growing up in Southern California.
Free with Museum admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.