TITLE: JAZZ ABROAD
SYNOPSIS: Three Japanese female musicians travel abroad to learn jazz in the US and form an unique jazz band together.
Director: Yuta Yamaguchi | Language: Japanese/English | Year: 2017 | Run Time: 14 minutes | Color | Country: USA | Premiere Status: SXSW Film Festival
SYNOPSIS: HOME/TOWN is an essay film about two places: Kashiwa, Japan and Los Angeles, CA, two different hometowns for the director, and his son. Learn how they shape their lives, decisions they make and the future they hold.
DIRECTOR: Susumu Kimura | YEAR: 2016 | DURATION: 3min 48sec | COUNTRY: USA/Japan | PREMIERE: Southwest Premiere
TITLE: JAMMIN’ SHANGHAI
SYNOPSIS: The glamorous and colorful Jazz scene of Shanghai has been long forgotten.
Alec Haavik, an American Saxophone player, came to Shanghai in 2002 and joined The JZ Club - founded by local jazz bassist Ren Yuqing, which has revived the jazz culture in the bustling city. However, following twelve happy years at its location, it has to move out, but not before one last commemorative gig.
Director: Jiayi Song | Language/subtitles: English; Chinese with English Subtitles | Year: 2017 | Running Time: 19:44 | Color HDV | Country: USA; China | Premiere Status: Southwest Premiere
TITLE: GOD ON A LEASH
Two ancestral art forms survive through the veneration of Hanuman, a hindu deity with a monkey face and human body.This is the story of being held on a leash to the hands of faith, heritage and poverty that explores the concept of humanism and divinity.
Director: Varun Chopra | Language: Hindi/Eng Subs | Year: 2016 | Running time: 00:14:26 | Country: India/USA | Premiere Status: Texas Premiere
TITLE: NO VACANCY
SYNOPSIS: No Vacancy explores the struggles of San Francisco artists as they contend with exorbitant rent prices, developers looking to convert art spaces into luxury condos and a city that isn’t paying attention to them. All the artists in the film face the prospect of being priced out of San Francisco in the near future.
Director: Abhi Singh | Language: English | Year: 2017 | Running Time: 17.03 | Color | Country: USA | Premiere Status: Texas Premiere
SYNOPSIS: After the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku on March 11, 2011 one couple moves to agamiko in Kanagawa Prefecture to start over, leaving their city life in Tokyo behind. Their new lifestyle revolves around agriculture, community, and tradition.
Director: Kazuhito Takazawa | Language/subtitles: Japanese/English |2016 | 15:40 | Color | Country: Japan | Premiere Status: Southwest Premiere
TITLE: ESCAPING AGRA
SYNOPSIS: Held hostage in India after their parents find out about their gender and sexual orientation, Naveen fights back. Please note: Naveen, whose gender is non-binary, uses they/them pronouns.
Director: Pallavi Somusetty | Language/subtitles: English| 2016 | 23:03 | Color | Country: USA/India | Premiere Status: Dallas