Elective Affinities

  • Tues Oct 17
Elective Affinities

with filmmakers Tomonari Nishikawa & Daïchï Saïto

Daïchi Saïto & Tomonari Nishikawa

Natives of Japan, Daïchi Saïto and Tomonari Nishikawa have developed their respective filmmaking practices outside of their home country. Since the early 2000s, the two filmmakers—Saïto in Montreal and Nishikawa in the US—have continued to produce celluloid-based work in 8mm, 16mm and 35mm. Two unmistakably distinct voices and expressions, their films nevertheless share many of the fundamental preoccupations with the medium, form, process and structure. Conceptual planning and painstaking processes inform both filmmakers’ unique and spontaneous responses to what’s available to them – be it formal elements within the individual frames of found footage or particular situations taking place in front of the camera at shooting locations.

  • Sketch Film #1 (3 min., 8mm, 2005)
  • Market Street (5 min., 16mm, 2005)
  • Sketch Film #5 (3 min., 8mm, 2007)
  • Lumphini 2552 (3 min., 35mm, 2009)
  • Green Fuse (3 min., 8mm, 2008)
  • Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis (10 min., 35mm, 2009)
  • Ten Morning Ten Evening and One Horizon (10 min., 16mm, 2016)
  • Tokyo—Ebisu (5 min., 16mm, 2010)
  • Shibuya Tokyo (10 min., 16mm, 2010)
  • Engram of Returning (18.5 min, 35mm, 2015)

Ithaca Premiere
1 hour 11 minutes
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