It has been a while since I have posted to my blog. Following a brief period of quiet reflection, I have been working away on preparations for several upcoming screenings (both in Japan and abroad) along with the World Premiers of two (!) new documentaries (more on those very soon).
And now, tonight I will be flying to California where I have the honour of having been invited to Standford University to present a week of screenings and lectures. In addition two public screenings (details below) and two private departmental screenings, I will be giving guest lectures to several classes, including "Japanese Through Film", "Joys and Pains of Growing Up and Older in Japan", and "Medical Humanities and the Arts". The focus of my lectures will be different for each class, but all will be based on my work documenting health and medical themes in Japan and include clips of my films.
I am extremely honoured for this opportunity to share my work at this prestigious institution and grateful for the support of several departments, including The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC), the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS), Medicine and the Muse, and Camera as Witness.
The first public screening will be on Tuesday, April 23rd, at 16:30 and will feature a rough cut of my new feature documentary 「おみおくり〜Sending Off〜」ahead of the World Premier next month (details of which I am extremely excited to publish once the press embargo is lifted in early May). Details about the screening at Stanford are HERE, while more on the film (including a link to the trailer) is HERE.
The second public event will take place on Friday, April 26, at 15:30, and will be a screening of my film "-1287" (2015). More on that film, including the trailer, is on the website HERE, while details of the screening event at Standford are HERE.
There is much more news about upcoming screenings, premiers and announcements coming very soon! Thank you all so much for your continued support and encouragement.