Asian Canadian Excellence Awards!
The first Asian Canadian Excellence Awards, the "Ace's," will be presented at the end of the 1999 Edmonton Asian Heritage Month of May! Who will the winners be? BE THERE, and find out!
Centering around a modern ballet piece shot on location, parallel cut with the same footage being edited on a flatbed, this multi-disciplinary project involves not only music, dance and film, but new ways of looking at them.
(Toronto) Director: Kwan Ho Tse 1998 Beta SP animation 5 min
Minoru: Memory of Exile
The bombing of Pearl Harbor thrust nine-year-old Minoru Fukushima into a malevolent world of racism. Like thousands of other Japanese Canadians, Minoru and his family were branded as enemies of Canada, sent to internment camps, and finally deported to Japan. Directed by Minoru's son, the film combines animation with archival material to weave a powerful tale of a birthright lost and recovered.
(Montreal) Director: Michael Fukushima 1993 35mm animation 19 min
Photo by RITA LEISTNER
BANGS is a comedy about a young Chinese Canadian girl obsessed with her large egg-like forehead. Her fixation leads her from the daily battleground of fancy hair products to the world of an overpriced Chinese face reader until she finally faces her own demons.
Screened in Toronto, Spain, Chicago, Los Angeles, Calgary, Vancouver, Winnipeg
(Toronto) Director: Carolynne Hew 1996 16mm colour 8 min
First-generation Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Michelle Wong returns to her birth place, St. Paul, Alberta, to get reacquainted with her aging grandparents. Her visit becomes an emotional journey into the past and into herself as she documents their stories, their lives.
Screened in: Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, and New York.
(St. Paul / Edmonton / Montreal Studio D) Director: Michelle Wong 1993 16mm colour 28 min
By this Parting - WINNER OF 3 AMPIA'S-INCLUDING BEST OF THE FESTIVAL!
An evocative, meditative and abstract look at the life of Mrs. Chiba, the great aunt of Mieko Ouchi, and her time spent at a TB sanatorium in New Denver, B.C.. The film brings together still photos, poetry by the late Chie Kamegaya, and performances from Kita No Taiko (Edmonton's Drums of the North).
(Edmonton) Director: Mieko Ouchi 1998 16mm colour 13 min
Samurai Swing - WINNER-1998 NATIONAL SCREEN INSTITUTE DRAMA PRIZE!
A young Japanese Canadian man, trapped in small-town Alberta, dreams of being a lounge singer. Starring Calgary swing singer Tim Tamashiro and TV and film veteran Robert Ito (Quincy).
(Edmonton) Director: Mieko Ouchi 1999 35mm colour 19 min