Presenting meditations on memory and loss, connection and pure joy, these films address some of the most powerful yet peripheral facets of human experience with quiet restraint and creative narratives.
Keith Lock* | Canada 2012 | 22:00
Two lonely souls are brought together by strange and fateful occurrences. Ostensibly a romantic comedy, the production of this film is unique; using a coin toss to dictate specific creative decisions including writing, casting, and production. Winner of Reel Asian’s 2011 So You Think You Can Pitch? Competition.
Born in Toronto, Keith Lock holds an MFA in Film from York University. He received a Gemini Award nomination for Best Short Drama for A Brighter Moon in 1987, as well as Best GTA Filmmaker Award at Reel Asian for The Dreaming House. Lock’s second feature film, The Ache premiered at Reel Asian 2009.
Quek Shio Chuan | Malaysia 2011 | 14:00 | Mandarin w/ Eng. sub.
While his younger brother pressures him to find a job, autistic Wen Guang is on a quest of his own for a very special glass. His obsession drives him and derails his brother’s good intentions. While his brother’s real-world concerns are legitimate, we cannot help but share in Wen Guang’s joy when he finally finds what he has been looking for.
Quek Shio Chuan hails from Johor, Malaysia and is a line producer for Reservoir Productions. His short film Guang won the 2011 BMW Shorties Grand Prize and awards for screenwriting and sound. The script for Guang was inspired by the director’s brother, Shio Gai.
Christopher Makoto Yogi | USA 2012 | 13:00 | Eng. and Jap. w/ Eng. sub.
In lush Hawai’i, an elderly Japanese man lives out his final days in his country home, as this film weaves in and out of his memories. In dedication to the Nisei and Sansei cultures of Hawai’i, past and present converge on the island’s beguiling shores and in the elegant majesty of a single tree. This unconventional ghost story creates a unique, otherworldly feeling all its own.
Christopher Makoto Yogi is a filmmaker born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i. He recently graduated with a MFA in Cinematic Arts from USC; his thesis film, Layover on the Shore was awarded Best Hawaiian Short at the Big Island Film Festival. In 2009, he participated in the Kyoto Filmmakers Lab.
108 PRAYER BEADS (108 PHRENG RDOG)
Han Han Li | Canada 2012 | 8:20
Chaos and peace, darkness and light, life and death among the dualities cycling through the dynamic animation of 108 Prayer Beads. Transformation and movement, along with a compelling score, propel the spiritually steeped images through what seems like many other worlds.
Han Han Li completed her BFA in Film Animation at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University Montreal. She is now pursuing her MFA degree in the department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
THAT WHICH ONCE WAS
Kimi Takesue* | USA 2011 | 19:50
In the not-so-distant future, eight-year-old Vicente struggles with residual trauma from flooding that has left him homeless and orphaned. Kimi Takesue’s beautifully shot and contemplative short explores Vicente’s chance meeting and unexpected friendship with ice-carver Siku, who helps him confront memory and closure.
Kimi Takesue’s award-winning narrative, documentary and experimental films have screened at over 200 film festivals and museums, including the Sundance Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, New Directors/ New Films, Los Angeles Film Festival, Locarno International, SXSW, London’s Institute of Contemporary Art, Shanghai Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center and the Museum of Modern Art (NYC).
* Directors in attendance