LAST BOY LAST GIRL
Hayashi Yuki | 2006 | 13 min | Japan | Canadian Premiere
Last Boy Last Girl takes us on a delightful, digitally animated adventure. Playing inside imagined spaces as if life were a video game, being the Last Boy and Last Girl doesn’t look so bad.
Alison S. M. Kobayashi | 2006 | 6 min | Canada
From Alex to Alex is based on a real love letter that Alison S. M. Kobayashi found on the Winston Churchill Boulevard and QEW Overpass. A story about one young girl’s affection for another, this video looks at growing up in the suburbs and dealing with everyday teenage dilemmas. Inspired by identity memorabilia, Kobayashi examines the construction of identity through clever performances for the camera.
Alison S. M. Kobayashi is fascinated by found objects that contain traces of private experiences. She is currently studying at the University of Toronto at Mississauga and Sheridan College in the Art and Art History program. She received the 2006 Bill Huffman Award for Excellence in Studio Practice and has screened her video work at the Blackwood Gallery, InterAccess and Pleasure Dome.
Cathy Begien | 2005 | 14 min | USA | Canadian Premiere
Giving each family member a 2-minute chance to say whatever they want to say to the filmmaker, Relative Distance says much more than just hello. Juxtaposing their messages with images of her performing ‘normal’, ‘everyday’ activities, Cathy Begien overestimates the distance between her and her family while underestimating her feelings for them.
San Francisco’s dilettante, Cathy Begien, was born in Singapore but raised in Saudi Arabia and Southern California. She attended UC Santa Cruz for writing and then moved to San Francisco. Apart from participating in several film festivals and group shows (including The Getty Center and Angela Hanley Gallery in Los Angeles), her work can be found at cbegien.com. When not busy hiding in her closet (her production studio is known as Closet Arts), she can be found face down on a blanket in Dolores Park.
THE CHINESE CONNECTION
Aram Collier | 2006 | 6 min | USA/Canada | World Premiere
Looking for love, Jennifer Wong, the only Chinese girl in her school, town and postal code, tries to make a Chinese Connection. The Chinese Connection was shot in August 2005, on a shoestring budget with begged, borrowed and eventually stolen equipment.
Aram Siu Wai Collier is a director and editor from San Francisco, and is currently living in Toronto.
Greg Pak | 2005 | 7 min | USA | Toronto Premiere
At a holiday camp for troubled couples, a man gets a serious case of the hiccups. Stressed by his condition, what secret is he really hiding? Only acceptance and openness can help him now. A short film directed/written by Greg Pak, & produced by Kim Ima, Happy Hamptons Holiday Camp for Troubled Couples was part of a 72-hour creative competition to find resolution through music and dance.
Greg Pak is an award-winning writer and director whose feature film, Robot Stories, starring Tamlyn Tomita and Sab Shimono, played in 75 festivals, won 35 awards, and screened at Reel Asian in 2003. Pak’s feature screenplay Rio Chino won the Pipedream Screenwriting Award at the IFP Market and a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship. Pak wrote the screenplay for the feature film MVP, which premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, and is now writing comic books. Projects include Incredible Hulk and X-Men: Phoenix – Endsong for Marvel and Battlestar Galactica for Dynamite.
THE 35º MEMORY
Masaya Kakehi | 2006 | 13 min | Japan | Canadian Premiere
What would you say to the girl you had a crush on in high school if you were to run into her again? When a young man thinks he sees the girl of his boyhood dreams, he goes through as series of internal struggles to figure out if it’s really her.
Kayo Hatta | 2005 | 30 min | USA | Canadian Premiere
Hawaii 1975 – It’s Halloween, and for 13-year-old Lovey Nariyoshi, it’s a chance to be someone different. As an outsider with an overactive imagination, Lovey is frequently bullied into silence by her nemesis, the smart and seemingly perfect Lori Shigemura, head of a popular girls club, the Rays of the Rising Dawn. Rather than fight back, Lovey is prone to escape into the fantasy scenes of her imagination, where she turns into the bold and courageous girl she wishes she could be. Shot on location in Honolulu and the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, FISHBOWL is mostly cast of local kids–most of whom have never acted before. Spoken entirely in Hawaiian Pidgin English, this film celebrates the rich and vibrant American Creole that evolved out of Hawaiian plantation culture.
From the director of the Sundance Audience Award-winning film PICTURE BRIDE comes a new short film based on the acclaimed novel, Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers, by Hawaii writer Lois-Ann Yamanaka. Kayo Hatta (1958 – 2005), born in Honolulu, Hawaii, graduated from Stanford University and obtained a master’s degree in film from UCLA. Her first film, Picture Bride, garnered a Sundance Audience Award for Best Dramatic Film in 1995. She directed a number of other short films, including Otemba (“Tomboy”) (1988), which the Pan-Asian Filmmakers Foundation cited as one of three “Defining Moments in Asian American Cinema,” Bus Stop (1990), and Kids ’99 (1999).