My free Unknown Japan series of rare Japanese films is now a biannual happening with the next installment scheduled for August – September. It’s an ambitious undertaking this time around, both film and location-wise, and should be some of the most fun you’ll have watching movies here in Philadelphia this summer. Films and venues (!) will be announced at the beginning of July and the series is once again co-sponsored by the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia. http://www.unknown-japan.com
I’m also currently programming the Philadelphia Japan Arts Matsuri, a three-day festival of film and music that will be happening from July 7 – 9 with all proceeds benefiting the Japanese Red Cross Society’s relief efforts. The event is coming together quite nicely and I’m especially proud of our film programming, which will be announced next week. In the meantime, here are some hints for a few of the things we’ll be screening, all films will be making their Philadelphia-area Premieres:
1. A Japanese film that made its U.S. premiere at Sundance a few months back.
2. A Japanese film that will surely sate the unholy appetites of those who attended our Helldriver screening last month.
3. A pair of highly enjoyable Japanese music-related films from the recent past that never received screenings in the City of Brotherly Love.
I will, of course, continue to post here on Cinedelphia throughout all of this, we have some big things coming up: coverage of the 2011 Saturn Awards, coverage of this month’s L.A. Film Festival that includes a live performance from Sparks/Guy Maddin, and coverage of the 2011 Israeli Academy Awards. So please stay tuned…no flipping.