Author Archives: Masa, Expansions

SIFF 2015 (NOT Face The Music But Should’ve Been) Review: 2045 Carnival Folklore and Q&A with Director Naoki Kato

2045 Carnival Folklore (Directed by Naoki Kato, Japan, 2015) Director Naoki Kato follows his 2011 debut feature Abraxas, a story of Japanese Monk once a young rock musician in the past with soundtrack by Yoshihide Otomo, with 2045 Carnival Folklore, a planet wide nuclear disaster science fiction story. It is set in Japan 100 yearsRead more…

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SIFF Face The Music 2015 Review : Eden

Eden (Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve, France, 2014) The semi-biographical film Eden, directed by Mia Hansen-Løve, is a lifestyle portrait of young French people in love with house music called Garage. The film focuses on two main characters, Paul (DJ) and Stan (Party Promoter), who are growing up during the early ’90s to early 2010. TheRead more…

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SIFF Face The Music 2015 Interview: 808 Producer Alex Noyer

808 (Directed by Alexander Dunn, UK, 2015) 808 is the best drum machine film I ever seen. The documentary about the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer screened to near sell-out crowds during the Seattle International Film Festival this year, followed by a Q&A with producer Alex Noyer. What I have here is a special 12 inchRead more…

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SIFF Face The Music 2015 Preview : It’s So Easy and Other Lies

It’s So Easy and Other Lies (Directed by Christopher Duddy, USA, 2015) Festival screenings: Sunday, May 28, 2015 at 9:30 PM – SIFF Cinema Egyptian Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 9:30 PM – SIFF Cinema Egyptian [ Director Christopher Duddy scheduled to attend both screenings ] It’s So Easy and Other Lies is a rock-documentaryRead more…

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SIFF 2014 Face The Music Review: Shake the Dust and Q&A with Director Adam Sjöberg

Shake the Dust (Directed by Adam Sjöberg, USA, 2014, 108 minutes) A world premiere of Shake the Dust was well-received from very excited local b-boys, b-girls, DJs, and music lovers at the Egyptian Theater that SIFF is now managing. The movie was beautifully photographed and equally, the soundtrack was excellent. I was happy the mixRead more…

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SIFF 2014 Face The Music Review: Song of the New Earth

Song of the New Earth (Directed by Ward Serrill, USA, 2014, 89 minutes) One day, a man named Tom received a question from someone, or something, from the planet Venus through unknown dimensions. He was asked if he could sing a song of the new earth to save lost human souls. Kenyon hopes to beRead more…

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SIFF 2014 Face The Music Preview: Electro Chaabi

Electro Chaabi (Directed by Hind Meddeb, Egypt/France, 2013, 77 minutes) Festival screenings: Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 5:00PM – SIFF Cinema Uptown Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 2:00PM – SIFF Cinema Uptown [ director Hind Meddeb scheduled to attend both screenings ] In Cairo, between 2011-2013, a french journalist and filmmaker Hind Meddeb followed streetRead more…

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SIFF 2013 Face The Music Preview: The Punk Singer

The Punk Singer Directed by Sini Anderson (USA, 2013, 80 minutes) Festival Screenings: Friday, May 24, 9:30 PM at Harvard Exit Sunday, May 26, 1:30 PM at Harvard Exit The Punk Singer, director Sini Anderson’s first feature-length film, is based on stories of Kathleen Hanna, feminist, activist, multimedia artist and performer, and band member ofRead more…

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SIFF preview: Saigon Electric

In Saigon Electric, the second feature film by director Stephane Gauger, a young Vietnamese traditional ribbon dancer from the countryside toes to Saigon to study at the big academy but learns more about life, love, friendship, and kicking some ass through break dance and hip-hop battles. Festival Screenings: May 28, 7:15pm Neptune Theater (Follow byRead more…

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SIFF “Face The Music” preview: Microphone

Every culture deserves their Rock ‘n’ Roll High School or Style Wars, and and Microphone, a film by Ahmad Abdalla, might be that movie for Egypt.

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