DAILY NEWS: Short Shorts Fest and Kino Celebrates 25 Years
by Matthew Ross and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> No Longer Just American, Short Shorts Names Winners at Tokyo Event
(indieWIRE: 06.27.02) -- As the second largest film market in the world,
Japan has continued to be an important destination for American and
international film, and not just the Hollywood blockbuster. The wildly
popular Short Shorts Film Festival opened in Tokyo with a party on June 13
kicking off a six-day event spotlighting short film and exposing filmmakers
to an enthusiastic audience of short filmgoers that has made this event grow
since it debuted in 1999 as the American Short Shorts Film Festival. Since
then, the event has included work from Japan and around the world changing
its name to Short Shorts and drawing audiences of up to 60,000 people.
This year's event closed June 19 with late-night screenings of a short by
Japanese filmmaker Ryuhei Kitamura ("The Messenger"), described in a press release as "an eerie, violent and beautifully-shot gangster ghost story."
In May, organizers brought the program to L.A.'s historic Egyptian Theatre
highlighting the event for American audiences and filmmakers where "The
Messenger" also screened. The film is a part of the so-called JAM films,
which were produced in 2002 especially for Short Shorts.
The event in Japan's capital ended with Norwegian Solvi Lindseth's "80
grader aust for Birdland" (80 Degrees East of Birdland) taking the special
jury award along with 150,000 yen ($1,200) while Jeff Wadlow's "The Tower of
Babble" took the audience award (100,000 yen). Additionally, Leanna Creel's
"Offside" (USA) and Brazilian Liliana Sulzbach's "The Invention of
Childhood" were named the Short Shorts award recipients at the start of the
Festival, and each filmmaker received 250,000 yen ($2,000).
Next Short Shorts will tour large Japanese cities through the rest of June
and July beginning with Japan's third-largest city, Osaka, then onto
Okinawa, Miyakojima, Nagoya, Sapporo, and Matsumoto. Also, for the second
year Short Shorts travels to Singapore for screenings and Japanese satellite
television will broadcast parts of the program through August including
American work like Brooke Keesling's "Boobie Girl" and Nicholas Peterson's "Cookies for Harry." [Brian Brooks]
[For more information, including submission details for next year's
event, visit: www.shortshorts.org]
>> Kino Celebrates 25 with Walter Reade Retro
(indieWIRE: 06.27.02) -- Veteran New York distributor Kino International turns
25 this year, and to help them celebrate, the Film Society of Lincoln Center
is putting on a retrospective.
From August 2 - 15, a selection of titles from the Kino catalog will screen
at the Walter Reade Theater, including work by Michelangelo Antonioni ("The Cry"), Fritz Lang ("M"), Shohei Imamura ("The Ballad of Narayama"), Akira Kurosawa ("Dersu Uzala"), Bertrand Tavernier ("Capitaine Conan"), Volker Schlondorff ("The Tin Drum"), Aki Kaurismaki ("The Match Factory Girl"), and Federico Fellini ("8 1/2"), among others, with several new 35mm prints. For more information, please visit http://www.filmlinc.com. [Matthew Ross]