PANELS - Michael Fukushima: The Art of Making Art

MICHAEL FUKUSHIMA: THE ART OF MAKING ART

This event was a special animation co-presentation by TAIS, TAAFI and the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.

(Photos from the event are at the bottom of this article)



This event was held on Wednesday, November 7 at 6:15 pm.
Directors in attendance were: Michael Fukushima, Howie Shia, and Lillian Chan.

The event was moderated by Aram Siu Wai Collier.

Films Screened

MINORU: MEMORY OF EXILE - Click here to view the film
Michael Fukushima | Canada 1992 | 19:00 

Howie Shia | Canada 2006 | 7:00 

Lillian Chan | Canada 2006 | 8:00 

Patrick Doyon | Canada 2011 | 10:00

Chris Hinton | Canada 2004 | 7:00 - (not screened at event due to technical difficulties)


This year the Reel Asian Canadian Spotlight was on award-winning producer Michael Fukushima and the animators he has worked with.  Both Howie Shia and Lillian Chan had their films screened and were in attendance.  They were able to talk about what it was like to work with Michael in his role as a producer at the NFB.

The focus of the discussion was to investigate creative roles in animation and break the stereotype of the director as the only ‘auteur’ of a work–the sole proprietor of creative vision. The purpose being to demystify the producing process through a screening of Fukushima’s work (both his own and his collaborations) and a discussion of the art of producing. In the discussion, Fukushima addressed topics unique to creative producing.

ABOUT MICHAEL: 

Michael Fukushima has been making films since 1984. He joined the National Film Board in 1990, directing the Hot Docs-winning animated documentary, Minoru: Memory of Exile, and becoming an NFB animation producer in 1997. Fukushima co-created the NFB’s flagship emerging filmmaker program, Hothouse, and his credits reflect an eclecticism and diversity, particularly around abstract and slightly off-centre animation. He has worked hard to open up the genre to new audiences and new technologies, through interactive installations, mobile phones and urban stories. He is a multi- award-winning producer, most recently winning two awards at the Hiroshima Animation Film Festival. He is staying busy by developing a slate of “arty” short films by a bevy of interesting young Canadian creators alongside a handful of international co-productions and films by veteran Canadian filmmakers like Cordell Barker and Bruce Alcock.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 309
Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3A8
Canada
T: (416) 703 - 9333
F: (416) 703 - 9986
info@reelasian.com


PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT:
Michael Fukushima, NFB / ONF - Reel Asian Film Festival Event: The Art of Making Art
(Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)

Aram Siu Wai Collier, Michael Fukushima, Howie Shia, Lillian Chan - Reel Asian Film Festival Event: The Art of Making Art
(Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)


Aram Siu Wai Collier, Michael Fukushima - Reel Asian Film Festival Event: The Art of Making Art
(Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)

Howie Shia - Reel Asian Film Festival Event: The Art of Making Art
Aram Siu Wai Collier, Michael Fukushima - Reel Asian Film Festival Event: The Art of Making Art

Howie Shia, Lillian Chan - Reel Asian Film Festival Event: The Art of Making Art

Michael Fukushima, NFB Animation Producer- Reel Asian Film Festival Event: The Art of Making Art









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