Ambiguous Funeral, 2004, 12 min


Experimental, Historic Film, Short Film, Special Presentations

This is part of an on-going project, "re-interpretation for the private films," in which I recreate old home movies. Today, we reflect on the way to understand the past events through an established view of history, and we try to understand the past with broader perspectives. We can say the same to cinema, but we have yet reassessed movies that have been kept hidden by film history. In this project, I focus on lost and damaged movie footage and recreate it to show the part of the rich film culture. This film is based on a decomposed footage entitled "the president of the hospital's funeral" which was made by anonymous cineaste in Kyoto in 1937, when the Japanese government was starting to limit the freedom of expression. – I.S.


Directed by Ichiro SUEOKA


Sunday, April 01 1:30pm

In Praise of Shadows: Japanese Avant-Garde Films of the 1990s & 2000s

In Praise of Shadows consists of nine Japanese experimental works from the 1990s and 2000s, made with various techniques via chosen media. All show the artists’ exploration of moving images,

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)