LAIR: Exhibition Presentation

September 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

Shiro Yagi, a new experimental film by Cindy Mochizuki

Shiro Yagi is an experimental animated film that is inspired from the last sheet of existing music of the artist’s maternal grandfather, Sueo Mori. Mori was a poet, composer and high school teacher based in Yokohama, Japan.  The composition and poem was written in 1927.  The film explores the re-connection of memory through conversations, between the director and her mother that ensued after Mori’s musical and literary practices were re-discovered from the piece of ephemera.

The film is set in a fictional ‘land of sleep’, where a mother and her two children encounter the haunting music of their late grandfather.  The narrative is juxtaposed with the actual interview with the artist’s mother that calls into question the reliability of memory against time.

Shiro Yagi features sound design by  Antoine Bédard with new compositions by mimi’s ami and Takeo Yamashiro. The layered aesthetic treatment of the animation explores the 1920’s genre of early Japanese cinema and storytelling techniques kamishibai (Japanese paper theatre), and tatebanko (miniature paper dioramas).   The stop motion set is created by moveable panels of paper and have integrated lighting designed by James Proudfoot. The animation also includes rotoscoped treatment of video, super 8 footage, and photographs.  The film is narrated by Maiko Bae Yamamoto and James Long.

The production of this film has received financial assistance from B.C. Arts Council. National Association of Japanese Canadians, NFB Filmmaker’s Assistance Program and Cineworks LAIR Residency.

This will be the full length premiere of Cindy Mochizuki’s Shiro Yagi, a new animation performance created during her time as Cineworks’ 2012 Local Artist in Residence.

Screening will occur on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Cineworks Studio (1131 Howe St, Back Lane entrance)

Join us for Refreshments!

8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Free


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