The Summer of Arte
15 minutes 25 seconds|Japan
15 minutes 25 seconds
Although I have been working as a film critic, it was very late and it was after the age of forty years old that I seriously began to work as a filmmaker. It was the sculpture that shifted me to the creation of art works. Most of the inspiration of my films comes from the sculpture. In other words, I learned how to make the film from the sculpture. It is said that the sculptors, especially who use the stone as their materials, make their works by imagining even the future of a thousand years later. This is because the stone will continue to remain as the material even though the time of a thousand years passes. Nowadays, the film is digital, not material, but what I have learned from the sculptor is that we must make the film by imagining even the future of a thousand years later. It is to enwomb our spirits in the film, as the sculptors try to enwomb their spirits in the material, by the method of praying. I made a short film tilted THE SUMMER OF ARTE (2019) by the method of praying. But I am not sure whether it was successful or not. I hope that it will be judged by the people in the future of a thousand years later.
Born in 1972, Hokkaido, Japan. Completed my master’s degree program in sociology at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo and worked for the Japan Foundation. Studied filmmaking at the Film School of Tokyo. Obtained a certificate in cinema management from the Japan Institute of the Moving Image. Worked as a coordinator for an international film festival TOKYO FILMEX and Talents Tokyo. An editor of Japanese journal on documentary films NEONEO, and co-author of Japanese books such as, Chris Marker (2014), American Avant-Garde Movies (2016), and Southeast Asian Cinema (2019). My short film PONPOKO MOUNTAIN (2016) has been selected for the international video art and film festivals in more than 20 countries. Served as one of international jury members of the documentary film section at the Slemani International Film Festival in Iraqi Kurdistan in 2017. My short film TOUCH STONE (2017) has been selected for the international video art and film festivals in more than 10 countries. My new film THE SPRING OF MOERE (2019) was premiered in November 2019 and THE SUMMER OF ARTE (2019) was premiered in December 2019. I am a coordinator for the film workshop for children which is the project funded by a local ward in Tokyo.
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