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Short Film Making in Tokyo! TKY 2015

  • Organization : Happy Tent
  • Section : None
  • Type of Grant Program : Long
  • Art Forms : Visual Art / Media Art

Outline of the project

Short Film Making in Tokyo!
TKY 2015

This project is about making a short-flim on the city of Tokyo and exploring its people and its culture.
What kind of memories of Tokyo are there? How are these fade, forgotten and lost? How are these memories accumulate?

The film will be 6 stories about one “place,” directed by 6 up-and-coming young filmmakers/artists. Screenings, events, and research will be done to create an original piece that captures the city’s hidden scents and atmosphere, unexplainable with words.

From Tokyo’s “old-town” section to the central Yamanote area, from skyscrapers to residential houses…. How are memories born, compiled, created, and expressed in our city of Tokyo which has many facets depending on the time and place? The young emerging filmmakers/artists will tell the story that begins in the city and spreads through its history; it may be fictional but will capture the continuous change in this city we live in.

with artists;
Akira Ikeda, Hajime Izuki, Tatsuo Kobayashi, Yusuke Shibata, Shumpei Shimizu, Daisuke Shimote

【First year】
(1) Public call for participating artists (Autumn 2014)
From about 50 applicants like movie directors and filmmakers, 6 were selected: Daisuke Shimote, Tatsuo Kobayashi, Hajime Izuki, Shumpei Shimizu, Akira Ikeda and Yusuke Shibata.
(2) Planning and development (from January 2015)
Events will be organized, location-scouting and surveys conducted, and specific production schedule and contents examined in a series of meetings with participating artists.

Event 1
TKY2015 Kick-off Talk

Date: Saturday, January 17, 2015
Venue: Pole PoleZa Space Cafe, Nakano City, Tokyo
Moderator: Yoshihiko Yatabe (programming director, Tokyo International Film Festival)
Speakers (screening of the day in parentheses):
Akira Ikeda (“Anatomy of a Paper Clip”)
Daisuke Shimote (“KURO”)
Shumpei Shimizu (“KIM”)
Yusuke Shibata (“Narration – a man battling a devil under heavenly guidance, and an amnesiac woman from outer space”)
Chizuru Usui(Director, Happy Tent)

Event 2
Happy Tent (TKY2015) x OPEN SQUARE DAY (a-citacafé)

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Venue: Asahi Art Square, Sumida City, Tokyo
Appearances by: Akira Ikeda (film director) / Harumi Tsunoda (artist) Sumida-born Tsunoda knows not only the houses and alleys of the Sumida district like the back of her hand but everything in it. As “navigator” she considers the identities and significance of Sumida and Tokyo. She is joined by film director Akira Ikeda, who is shooting a short film in the Sumida area.

Event 3
TKY 2015 Screening of works by participating artists

Date: Saturday March 14, Sunday March 15, 2015
Venue: The Film School of Tokyo, Shibuya City, Tokyo
Screenings and discussion of past works by the 6 artists. There is a chance that they make one film together at the end. The 6 artists also discuss planning and development, including what TKY2015 should aim to achieve.

【Second year】
(1) Planning and development (events with individual artists)

Event 4
Listen to the sounds of a public bath house! TKY2015 in OGU Yu-Land (Arakawa)

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Venue: OGU Yu-Land, Arakawa City, Tokyo
Speaker: Daisuke Shimote

Event 5
TKY2015 × Kun-Kun Walk @Tokyo Tower
Collaboration: Hajime Izuki (filmmaker) x Hisako Inoue (artist)

Date: Sunday, June 7, 2015
Venue: Around Shiba Park, Akabanebashi, Tokyo Tower

Event 6
Lecture: Sharing thoughts with contemporary artists on “the right way to love”

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015
Venue: Roppongi Mansion
Lecturers: Riki Takeda, Chie Hayashi
Speaker/script: Yusuke Shibata (contemporary artist)

Event 7
Talk with directors Tatsuo Kobayashi x Shumpei Shimizu x NatsukaKusano

Date: Wednesday (Public holiday), December 23, 2015
Venue: 3F classroom, Japan Video Translation Academy (JVTA), Chuo City, Tokyo

(2) Creation (film production)
TKY2015 Completion ceremony and internal preview

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2
Venue: Athénée Français Cultural Center, Chiyoda City, Tokyo
“Go to have a shampoo”
Director / Screenplay / Editor: Akira Ikeda
“After Hours”
Director / Screenplay / Editor: Tatsuo Kobayashi
Director / Screenplay: Shumpei Shimizu
“The Light Dances”
Director / Screenplay / Editor: Hajime Izuki
“An Interview on the Street in Ginza, Tokyo, Conducted on 27th December 2015.”
Director / Cinematographer / Editor: Yusuke Shibata
“The 45”
Director / Screenplay: Daisuke Shimote


Happy Tent
As an indefinable “tent” connecting works, audiences, and artists, this project’s focus is on planning, creating and coordinating film and performing arts, as well as the editing, translating and writing of catalogs and online material in a way that is unbound by place or genre. Organizers give free rein to their imagination not only in terms of events organized in Japan, but also in overseas collaborations as well as the planning, creation and coordination of a range of projects.


e-mail: happytentjapan@gmail.com