Thomas has been invited to present a guest lecture at Kyoto University for Prof. Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano’s lecture series “Transcultural Cinema Forum”, to be attended both by in-person students in Kyoto and online students in Heidelberg, Germany. More photos and information about the class can be found on the DocumentingIan Blog.
The latest “Easy Japanese” video series directed by Thomas was featured on the national news at 7PM on NHK 1. The news report coincided with the release of the 10-part educational series about “Easy Japanese in Medical Settings” for the research team of 順天堂/Juntendo Univ’s Dr. Yuko Takeda, Sacred Heart University’s Dr. Kazunari Iwata, Teikyo University Graduate School of Public Health’s Dr. Hirono Ishikawa and NPO CINGA’s Midori Nii. More photos as well as a link to the official press release is on the DocumentingIan Blog.
In the first public screening of one of his films since the pandemic began, the Thomas-directed Boys For Sale was screened at an event as part of the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) interdisciplinary lecture series “Gender and Sexuality in East Asia: Cultural Studies and Social Science Perspectives”. With social distancing in place, the screening was fully booked. More information about the event as well as photos can be found on the DocumentingIan Blog.
“Sending off” is streaming from TODAY (July 17) until July 30 in the US in the 2020 JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film! Due to COVID-19, the festival will be online, but this means the entire program of films will be available to stream for anyone in the US. More information about the screening as well as the documentary director panel “New Approaches to Documentary from Japan” is on the DocumentingIan Blog.
Sending Off will be broadcast on Friday, June 5 at 8PM on PBS Guam (Channel 12) as part of the Guam International Film Festival “Select Showcase”. More information about the film festival and broadcast can be found on the GIFF website: https://www.guamfilmfestival.org/
The DocumentingIan-directed video targeting heath care professionals testing non-native Japanese speakers for COVID-19 was published today. More information about the video, as well as the team behind (which includes many of the artists who worled on Boys for Sale ) is on the DocumentingIan Blog.
DocumentingIan had the honour of presenting some of his Fukushima-based film work at the symposium “Imagining Post 3.11 Futures and Living with Anthropogenic Change” at UC Berkeley sponsored by the UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies, Japan society for the promotion of science, and the UC Berkeley Institute of East Asian Studies. More information about the conference as well the class Documentary Voices at which he presented a guest lecture can be found on the DocumentingIan Blog.