Last night I spoke at the Japan Visual-media Translation Academy (JVTA website HERE) about making documentaries in Japan. The event (TRAILER and posters below) was aimed at students of subtitling, but was open to the public.
I first met Mr. Ishii and several of the Japan-based JVTA staff at the 2013 Nippon Connection Japanese Film Festival in Germany, where JVTA sponsors the Nippon Visions Award. I received the award that year for my film 'A2-B-C' (STORY), and the rest, as they say, is history.
The talk last night was moderated by Mr. Ishii, who had spent a lot of time watching my films so that he could share clips and guide the conversation. It was really fascinating for me to see how someone views the entire body of my work and to hear about the connections they draw between the different films (websites and trailers HERE).
It was a great honour to have so many students, colleagues, and even a few friends present and engaged in the work that I do.
The next time I will be meeting Mr. Ishii and the JVTA staff will be not in Tokyo, but in Germany at the 2015 Nippon Connection Film Festival, where the German premier of my new film '-1287' (WEBSITE) will take place (more info on that soon!). I am so grateful for their continued support and look forward to our future collaborations.