With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Sunday, September 05, 2010

ACF 667: VIZ screenings in San Francisco


The People I’ve Slept With, Death Note Blu-Ray Celebration,
Detroit Metal City, 9/11 Documentary Festival, & Special Events
For J-POP Summit Week Announced!

Sorry that I'm a bit late with this post and that some of the earliest events have already taken place. But installing my new 21.5" iMac and wireless printer had to be done and will ultimately pay off in better and faster postings. Meanwhile here's all the info about this fine series taking place in San Francisco:

VIZ Cinema
, the nation’s only movie theatre dedicated to Japanese film, has announced an intriguing new line-up of films and premiere events set to take place at the venue throughout the month of September.

Also just announced are a range of very special events to kick off the J-Pop Summit Festival 2010, which spotlights Japanese pop culture in a unique all-day celebration that takes over San Francisco’s Japantown on Saturday, September 18th. (I'll have more on this in a post in the near future.)

New films for September include the third installment of the Bay Area Filmmakers Series, which presents the romantic comedy, The People I’ve Slept With, directed by Quentin Lee. A highly anticipated screening of Death Note and Death Note II: the Last name, based on the popular manga/anime series, is next, and will also mark the release of the films in a new Blu-ray collection from VIZ Pictures. A special screening of Satoshi Kon’s anime masterpiece Paprika is also set.

Marking the anniversary of 9/11, VIZ Cinema presents the 9/11 Truth Film Festival which presents several documentaries that explore the tragic events from several new points of view and trace the global impact of the World Trade Center attacks in 2001.

And finally, NEW PEOPLE gets ready to celebrate the 2010 J-Pop Summit Festival with a series of pop culture cinematic events leading up to the premiere of the raucous death metal comedy Detroit Metal City on September 18th. More details on the J-Pop Summit Festival are available at www.J-Pop.com.

Advance tickets, screening times and more details are available at: www.vizcinema.com.

Karin Anna Cheung in The People I've Slept With

The People I’ve Slept With
September 3rd – September 9th
Directed by Quentin Lee
2009, 89 min, Digital, English Language

The People I’ve Slept With is a sexy comedy about a promiscuous woman who finds herself with an unplanned pregnancy and needs to figure out who the baby daddy is…NOW. Film stars Karin Anna Cheung (Better Luck Tomorrow), Wilson Cruz (My So Called Life) and Archie Kao (CSI). Co-sponsored by Frameline. A special Opening Night Event is scheduled for Friday, September 3rd at 7:00pm and will include a reception and Q&A with Director Quentin Lee. Tickets are now available for $15.00. No discounts apply.

Death Note Day: Death Note Collection Blu-ray Release Special Event
September 4th
Directed by Shusuke Kaneko
2006, 120min (Death Note), 140 min (Death Note II), Digital, Japanese with English subtitles

VIZ Pictures celebrates its first Blu-ray release Death Note Collection with Death Note Day showing both Death Note & Death Note II on the brand new Blu-ray version with the vivid high-def visuals and THX sound at VIZ Cinema. Death Note is a psycho thriller film based on the bestselling manga and anime series. Tickets are $10.00 for each film or $15.00 for both screenings. $35.00 Special Blu-ray Package includes tickets to both screenings, the new Blu-ray and poster!

September 11th
Directed by Satoshi Kon
2006,Digital, Japanese with English subtitles

In memory of one of the greatest anime directors Satoshi Kon, who passed away at the age of 49 on August 24th, VIZ Cinema celebrates his work with a screening his masterpiece Paprika. This sci-fi epic centers on a new invention called the DC-Mini. With this revolutionary device, psychiatrists are now able to enter a patient's dreams in a therapeutic setting. But when an unknown assailant steals the devices, using them to manipulate people’s minds and the thin line between the conscious and the unconscious begins to blur. Yes Paprika challenges the same theme as Inception over 4 years ahead, but in incredible and breathtaking world of anime. Tickets are $10.00.

9/11 Truth Film Festival
Friday, 9/10 – Sunday 9/12

Join VIZ Cinema for the 9/11 Truth Film Festival and delve into the investigations and efforts to uncover what really happened on September 11, 2001. Tickets are $10.00 for each film.

Opening Night: Double Feature with Q&A
Friday, September 10th

9/11: Press For Truth (Q&A with filmmakers to follow)
Directed by Ray Nowosielski
2006, 75min, Digital, English Language

The political becomes personal in 9/11: Press for Truth, which examines the World Trade Center attacks from the perspective of the families that lost loved ones.

Directed by Brett Smith
2010, 48 min, Digital, English Language

Hypothesis is a short documentary on Dr. Steven Jones and his 9/11 research on the destruction of the Twin Towers and WTC 7. The film tells Dr. Jones’ story in his own words and reflects the explosive controversy that ensued which resulted in everything from threats and bribes to academic suspension.

Double Feature of 9/11: Press For Truth and Hypothesis will also be screened on Sunday, September 12th.

Zero: An investigation to 9/11
Saturday, September 11th
Directed by Francesco Tre and Franco Fracassi
2007, 104 min, Digital, Italian w/ English subtitles

This feature documentary from Italian production company Telemaco explores the new scientific evidence and reveals dramatic new eyewitness testimony which directly conflicts with the U.S. Government’s account. Featuring presentations from intellectual heavy weights, Gore Vidal, and Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo, the film challenges many assumptions surrounding the attacks.

Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup
Saturday, September 11th
Directed by Dylan Avery
2009, 99min, Digital, English Language

With the departure of the Bush Administration and the arrival of an era of transparency, new information has been disclosed that sheds more light on the events that took place before and after 9/11. Dramatically narrated by Daniel Sunjata of FX’s Rescue Me, and an outspoken advocate for the First Responders, Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup presents a wide array of evidence both known and unknown…until now.

War Promises
Saturday, September 11th and Sunday, September 12th
Edited by Frank Hofer
2009, 75min, Digital, German with English Subtitles

In German documentary War Promises, insiders and whistleblowers try to bring what they know about to the public, including Annie Machon, who was a spy with the British MI5, and Andreas von Bülow and Jürgen Elsässer, who possess enormous insider knowledge from their membership in the parliamentary committee supervising the secret services.

False Flag
Saturday, September 11th and Sunday, September 12th
Edited by Frank Hofer
2007, 75min, Digital, German w/ English subtitles

False Flag focuses on the inconsistencies in the official version of the events and the evidence that has been suppressed regarding 9/11. It also seeks to answer why we still know nothing about it and why we are being deceived – as well as in Europe.

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