Sunday, February 11, 2018

"Boys for Sale" receives Best LGBTQ Feature at Oxford Film Fest!

I am extremely honoured to announce that "Boys for Sale" (WEBSITE) received the award for Best LGBTQ Feature at the Oxford Film Festival in Mississippi last night! 「売買ボーイズ」がOxford映画祭でLGBTQ長編最優秀賞を受賞!

Ahead of the opening of the festival, Brian Whisenant, head programmer for the LGBTQ+ category, was quoted in THIS DM Online article about the festival which is held in Mississippi:
“Oxford Film Festival has always shown LGBTQ films, but (festival director) Melanie Addington and I believe that highlighting the community and giving it its own section shows our town and the film community at large that we are not our state’s legislative bigotry." 
I had really been looking forward to attending this awesome festival, where "Boys for Sale" was screening twice (INFO) and where I had received the additional privilege of being asked to participate in the Queer Filmmaking Panel tomorrow during which "Filmmakers/actors discuss the challenges, advantages of queer filmmaking as well as the state of LGBTQ cinema in today's climate" (INFO).  Unfortunately, due to deadlines on some upcoming projects (more exciting news on those soon!), I had to cancel plans to attend at the last minute.

from the DM Online article




This is the 5th award "Boys for Sale" has received, in addition to THESE four.  On behalf of the entire "Boys for Sale" team, we are truly humbled by the amazing reception the film has received.  Thank you all so much for your support! これまでの4つの賞(こちら)に加え、これで5つ目の賞です。皆さんありがとうございます!

We are next screening in Oregon’s Corvallis Queer Film Festival (Feb 21) and Sydney’s Queer Screen Mardi Gras Film Festival (Feb 20)! Info on “Screenings” page HERE.  次の上映はアメリカのオレゴン州 (2月21日)とオーストラリアのシドニー(2月20日)です。詳細は「上映」ページ(こちら)をご参照下さい。

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A great start

The beginning of 2018 brought to an end for me the year following the inauspicious year of the age of 42, a 3-year period which includes both the year leading into and out of it (more on that in THIS Japan Times article), but which starts counting from birth at 1, rather than 0, so you are actually one year older by this counting system.  It is a bit complicated and also depends on where you live in Japan, but the take away is, the unlucky period for me is over.  ;)  And NOT to challenge the fates, but if that was my "unlucky period", then all I can say is that I have nothing but gratitude for these last few years, and I look forward to the coming ones.


January has been a wonderful start to the New Year.  Looking at my social media over the last few weeks it seems like it has been a slow start, but I am editing a couple of projects in the background.  And already there have been some great things going on!

3 MORE YEARS
On January 16, I went to my lawyer's office to pick up my brand new 3-year visa.  I was so grateful (and relieved) after having consistently received only one-year visas since 2013 (and having to reapply every year).  

Boys for Sale music score in the Top 10
On January 19, blogger Noah Franc, who writes about Japanese cinema, published his list of "Top Ten Film Scores of 2017" for Japanese film on his "Oh Cinema" blog (LINK).  The soundtrack for "Boys for Sale" (WEBSITE), composed by the musicians known as Kazaguruma (with Jack on shamisen and Komitetsu on cello) who worked closely with director Itako, came in at number 7.
「売買ボーイズ」の音楽が、ブロガーNoah Francさんの2017年映画音楽トップ10に選ばれたよ!チームのみんな、特に作曲グループ「かざぐるま」の寂空 on 三味線と  こみてつ on チェロへおめでとう!
This unforgettable film about a little-known part of the Japanese sex trade also happens to have some of the most interesting original music scores of the year as well. Featuring a band playing an assortment of Japanese instruments, the makers of the film made the unusual choice of mixing together the actual written score with the musician’s improvisational warm-up recordings. While the band was understandably apprehensive about this, they needn’t have worried, because the end result was a remarkably fitting sound unlike anything else I heard all year.
 Italian Premier of "Boys for Sale"
Of all the niche film festivals that documentaries I have produced have screened at (Japanese, ethnographic, Asian, LGBTQ, environmental, nuclear) I have been most amused by the number of pornographic film festivals to which "Boys for Sale" has been invited.  Among these was the film's Italian Premier in Turin's Fish and Chips Erotic Film Fest on January 20 (LINK).  I have yet to attend one of these pornographic festivals, but our DOP/ producer Adrian "Uchujin" Storey attended the film's screening in the Porn Film Festival Berlin last October and wrote about it on his blog (HERE).  Not for the faint-hearted. ;)


MORE upcoming screenings
"Boys for Sale" started on the film festival circuit last May and is still going strong!  Upcoming screenings include the Mississippi Premier in the 2018 Oxford Film Festival (Feb 7-11) where it will screen on February 9 & 10 (LINK) as well as the Australian Premier in the 2018 Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras FF (Feb 15-March 1 in Sydney) where it screens February 20 at 18:30 (LINK).  Screenings still under embargo include TWO screenings on the West Coast (USA), another one in Australia and our Swiss premier!  More info on those as it becomes available on the Screenings page of the film (HERE).

Thank you all so much for your continued support an encouragement!
Much Peace to you all in 2018,
Ian
Tokyo, Japan