- A still from A Letter to Momo.
As a warm-up to FilmColumbia Festival happening later this month, PS21 will host a mini Japanese film series over Columbus Day Weekend. This trio of screenings is curated by theater director and filmmaker Regge Life. "Regge has created films all over the world, but from a young age has loved Japan," says marketing director Sam Reilly. "In college, he had such a love of Japanese film he would cut classes to go to Japanese film festivals." Life has produced a trilogy of award-winning documentaries about Japan as well as a feature film on Okinawa entitled The Cocktail Party.
Programming at PS21 kicks off on October 5 at 7:30pm with a screening of Kon Ichikawa's sweeping epic An Actor's Revenge. Set in the 19th-century kabuki theater world, the film follows a female impersonator as he attempts to avenge the deaths of his parents in a kaleidoscopic blur of identity, convention, and color.