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Thursday, November 9, 2017
9:45 pm / Doors open at 9:15pm
Tickets: $12/$10 in advance
In cosplay of the Japanese cyber diva Hatsune Miku, the director moves to Tokyo, seeking an identity in the world of Miku fanatics, where she is drawn into a love affair with one of the fans. Miku is a Vocaloid, a vocal synthesizer software personified by a cute animated character. Her entire persona: lyrics, music and animation – is fan created, and that's her charm. She even performs sold out concerts as a hologram. By transforming herself into a Miku character through cosplay, Oren enters a world of real hardcore fans where fantasy is more real than reality and the differentiation between the two becomes obsolete.
The film examines the performative nature of cosplaying – dressing up and playing the role of fictional characters – as a hybrid space where reality blurs into fetishistic fantasies and pop culture clichés. Combining fan-made lyrics and songs, Oren's trials and tribulations in the fictional Miku world unfolds through vague erotic episodes and encounters with characters whose ontological status remains mysterious, bringing to mind the adventures of a modern Alice in a virtual Wonderland.
Dir. Ann Oren, 2017, Israel & Japan, Blu-Ray, 70 min.
Preceded by: SOUND OF THE FUTURE: HAITI
Once known as "The Pearl of the Antilles," Haiti has become a place where many fear going and are just as eager to escape. Young Haitians in the arts are working together to make their country the destination of the Caribbean. This short documentary follows the story of the most well known modern Haitian musician, Michael Brun, as he takes it upon himself to show his fellow countrymen that Haiti is worth fighting for. He channels his music to bring people together, to fuel the change that's occurring in the country. Through the power of music, Haiti can once again become "The Pearl of the Antilles."
Dir. Luke Versalko, 2017, Blu-Ray, 19 min.