Tuesday, October 17, 2017

"Boys for Sale" awarded Best Documentary at African Premier!

As the executive producer of "Boys for Sale" (WEBSITE), I am so honoured the film received the award for Best Documentary at the African Premier in the 2017 Durban Gay and Lesbian Film Festival!

This month we have screenings in Atlanta, Taipei, Berlin and NYC (where I will be present at the screening on the 22nd) INFO.  I am so proud of our team, and I think this is a really awesome film!  But don't take my word for it- here's what they're saying about us:

Friday, October 13, 2017

9 more screenings annouced for "Boys for Sale"!

"Boys for Sale" (WEBSITE), the documentary I produced that premiered earlier this year in Germany (STORY) just announced another NINE screenings (!) in festivals around the world from Canada to Romania, including 4 festivals that will be screening the Spanish-subtitled version of the film. 

A full list of upcoming festivals can be found on the SCREENINGS page of the film's website (HERE).











This brings the total number of screenings in international film festivals so far to 22!

I am honoured to help represent the film in the upcoming East Coast Premier in NYC's NewFest (screening info HERE) on October 22.  Thank you for your support and hope to see some of you there!


Thursday, October 12, 2017

"Dying at Home" to be re-broadcast

Last year, on January 28, I was extremely honoured to have my first documentary commissioned by NHK World broadcast around the world (STORY).  Meeting and documenting Dr. Konta, her amazing team of nurses, and her beautiful patients and their families, was a life-changing time for me.

The lessons that one of those patients, Mr. Hata, taught me about life, family and death, in just a few short months will continue to influence the work I will do in the remainder of my career.  I wrote about my friendship with Mr. Hata on my blog HERE and in this front page article for 2016 year-end Number One Shinbun, the magazine of the Foreign Corespondents' Club of Japan HERE.

I am extremely honoured that NHK World will be re-broadcasting for the second time "Dying at Home" on October 30.  Screening 4 times through the day on the NHK World Channel and (free) app, the times listed are for the timezone in which the website is accessed (HERE).

Thank you all of your support and for watching.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Noise and Boys in London

Several of the films that were screening in Camera Japan (STORY), went on to screen in London's Raindance Film Festival, including "Boys for Sale" and "Noise", so on Monday, I traveled with the "Noise" crew to London.  Our trip included such adventures as running for the plane, getting stopped at the border, one person losing a train ticket, with time for a few drinks along the way; and with two of the "Noise" members never having left Japan and none of them able to converse in English, I was really glad I could be there to help out!  Thinking about it, there's a film in there somewhere... 

Arriving safely in London, we checked in to the festival the next day (the 26th), where I also met up with Adrian "Uchujin" Storey, the DOP/ Producer of "Boys for Sale", whom I hadn't seen since he moved back to the UK from Tokyo last year.  It was wonderful to see him and have a proper catch up, ahead of attending the UK premier together.

This was my third time to attend Raindance; the first was in 2013 with my film "A2-B-C" (STORY) and the second was the following year with my film "-1287" (STORY).  And it was such an honour to be back, this time as a producer.


Described by Abigail Smith in the Raindance Film Festival catalogue as "a punch between the eyes... storytelling you daren't turn away from" (LISTING), our main screening on the the 28th was completely sold out by the Sunday before (the 24th).  The Q&A, led by Gay Times editor, William J Connolly (WEB), was awesome and offered so much context to the sold-out crowd- I am kicking myself for not having recorded it...

As a result of selling-out our main screening and demand for tickets, Raindance scheduled an additional screening of "Boys for Sale" for Saturday morning at 11:00.  It was an honour and a privilege to be able to present the film again, complete with a Q&A with Adrian and me.


In between screenings, it was wonderful to be able to see several close London-based friends as well as to watch many great films (my favourite-- as well as the most disturbing-- was "The Family I Had" INFO).

I then spent the weekend in North Wales with some dear family friends and visiting my mom's grave.  Although it was too short, it was a perfect end to this trip.  

I am now at Heathrow airport in London, getting ready to board the plane home to Tokyo...

Thank you also so very much for your support, thoughts, and encouragement.
Much Peace,
Ian
London, UK

Monday, September 25, 2017

Camera Japan, "Noisy" Rotterdam

Although I have had the honour of screening in Holland's Camera Japan Festival three times before (with "In the Grey Zone" in 2012, "A2-B-C" in 2013 and "-1287" in 2014), this year was the first time for me to have the additional honour of actually attending the festival.  Arriving on Thursday (Sept 21), the opening day of the festival, I stayed through the end of the festival on Sunday (Sept 24), experiencing wonderful films, food, and cultural events.


The screening of "Boys for Sale", for which I was the executive producer, was on Friday (22nd), the second day of the festival (INFO), and during the post-screening Q&A,  led by festival director Alex Oust, the audience asked really engaging questions.

 It was a wonderful time to meet old friends like Alex and to meet new ones as well.  Among the new ones, were the cast and crew of the film "Noise", a sharp, reflective feature based loosely around the Akihabara massacre (WEBSITE).

Several of the films that were screening in Camera Japan, went on to screen in London's Raindance Film Festival, including "Boys for Sale" and "Noise", so on Monday, I traveled with the "Noise" crew to London.  Our trip included such adventures as running for the plane, getting stopped at the border, one person losing a train ticket, with time for a few drinks along the way; and with two of the "Noise" members never having left Japan and none of them able to converse in English, I was really glad I could be there to help out!  Thinking about it, there's a film in there somewhere...

~~ to be continued ~~

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Another six Premiers announced for "Boys for Sale"

Following the announcement of six premiers of "Boys for Sale" last month (INFO), SIX MORE premiers of the film were announced today.  The newly announced screenings are listed below and the full list of screenings, along with details and links, can be found on the "Boys for Sale" screenings page (HERE).

As the producer of the film, I am honoured to help represent the film in two screenings in Europe next week: in Rotterdam's Camera Japan on September 22nd (INFO) and in London's Raindance on the 28th (INFO).  "Boys for Sale" will also be screening in Palm Spring's Cinema Diverse on September 22nd (INFO).



Southern Premier
2017 Out on Film (Atlanta, GA)
Screening Oct 3 at 17:30



 



Asia Premier
2017 InDPanda (Hong Kong)
Screening Oct 8 at 21:45


Taiwan Premier
2017 Taiwan Int Queer FF
Taipei Oct 20~, Taichung Oct 29~
Taipei: Oct 20 at 24:00 & 24th at 22:50
Taichung: Nov 5 at 16:40  




East Coast Premier
2017 NewFest Film Festival
Oct 19-24 (NYC)
Screening Oct 22 at 21:15

Northwest Premier
2017 Twist Queer FF
Oct 12-22 (Seattle)
Screening Oct 14 at 14:45


Berlin Premier
2017 Porn Film Festival
October 24-29 (Berlin)
Screening details TBA

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

SIX more Premiers announced for "Boys for Sale"

Following a packed house screening at the World Premier in Germany in May (STORY) and the North American Premier in LA's OUTFEST last month where "Boys for Sale" was awarded (STORY), as the executive producer of the film I am honoured to announce SIX more premiers in festivals around the world.  Upcoming screenings include the UK Premier in the 25th edition of London's prestigious Raindance Film Festival (INFO)!  I have had the honour of attending Raindance twice before, in 2013 with my film "A2-B-C" (STORY) and in 2015 with my film "-1287" (STORY).

To coincide with the upcoming screenings, the "Boys for Sale" website has been newly redesigned to include deleted scenes and links to articles that have been published about the film.  Information on the upcoming screenings, which are listed below, can be found there (WEBSITE).


African Premier
2017 Durban Gay and Lesbian FF
Aug 25- Sept 3 (South Africa)




Michigan Premier
2017 Trans Stellar FF
Sept 9 (Detroit, Michigan





UK Premier
2017 Raindance Film Festival
Sept 20- Oct 1 (London)



Dutch Premier
2017 Camera Japan
Sept 21-24 (Holland)





Palm Springs Premier
2017 Cinema Diverse
Sept 21-24 in Palm Springs, CA




Mexico Premier
Queer FF Playa del Carmen
Nov 13-18 (Mexico)








 Asia, Berlin and NYC Premier announcements coming soon!