A Burning Star (short version), 1995, 20 min

Kenji ONISHI

Experimental, Historic Film, Short Film, Special Presentations

In A Burning Star, my inner conflicts find a cruel form. Through the camera I come to terms with my father's death. It's only natural that a person should tremble, hesitate, feel sad and be afraid. As the director, I can erase all of that. That's the unique power of the author. The camera is merely a tool to give it a form. When I turned the camera to the subject of death I felt no need to prepare humane justifications, a methodological structure nor escape routes. In A Burning Star the camera confronts the problem of death. Through the act of filming I recorded the distance between my father and myself. It is a primitive, simple and absolute film. In short, it is the possibility of my own self. – K.O.

Super 8, Video


Directed by Kenji ONISHI


Showing:

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)