Every Fall the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents a variety of Japanese film screenings.
Last night was the opening night for Anime Fest 2018. What a great way to set the tone for this weekend. Both were anime films just released last year. The first was Lu Over the Wall, a story of a young kid who reluctantly joins a band and then meets a mermaid. This unravels both history and future of their fishing village. It is funny and heartwarming. The second film was Napping Princess. It is unlike any Japanese film I have ever seen in that it takes place in the near future, 2020 to be exact. There are iPads, cell phones, and even the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games are a part of it. It is the story of a teenage girl living with her single father. She knows nothing about her family history but quickly begins to piece it together after her father is arrested. If you missed it last night, I highly recommend checking out this film. Added surprise last night, Dr. Marc Hairston brought movie poster for both films. Free for the audience.
The film screenings for today need no introduction. Here is the line-up:
Make sure you stick around after Your Name for a Skpe Q&A with a couple of the voice actors in the movie.
Anime Fest 2018 will conclude on Sunday with the following films:
- 11:00 AM In This Corner of the World, a 2016 film set during WWII.
- 2:00 PM Anime Vanguard/Japanese Society – This is a collection of 12 shorts with a variety of filmmaking, music and genre.
- 4:00 PM Mary and Witch’s Flower
All of these are fairly new films, released within the last 2 years. Dr. Marc Hairston will be in attendance at all screenings. He will introduce the films and be available for a Q&A session after each film. His bio reads, “Dr. Hairston is also interested in the scholarly study of anime and manga and is on the board of editors of Mechademia, the first English-language academic journal addressing these topics. He and Dr. Pamela Gossin at the University of Texas at Dallas regularly teach courses examining the themes of science fiction and fantasy in anime and manga, specifically focusing on individual anime creators such as Miyazaki, Shinkai, Hosoda, and Takahata.”
Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107