Conversation with Japanese-Canadian Filmmaker Randall Okita
Friday, November 4th 2016 4:30-5:30pm
De Certeau Room 155
Department of Literature
Moderated by Daisuke Miyao, Professor and the Hajime Mori Chair in Japanese Language and Literature
Randall Okita is a Canadian artist and filmmaker whose work employs sculpture, technology, physically challenging performances or stunt-work, and rich cinematography. His work has been shown in both group and solo exhibition, awarded internationally, and screened at festivals around the world, including retrospective screenings of his short film catalogue in San Francisco and Toronto.
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Okita has lived and worked in Japan, Vancouver and Toronto.
Randall’s feature film, The Lockpicker, was created through a unique partnership with a Toronto high school and an innovative production methodology developed to invite students to collaborate in the making of the film. It was made with the support of Telefilm Canada, The Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and a Technicolour Post-Production Grant awarded by TIFF Director Piers Handling as part of his TFCA Clyde Gilmour Award.
Randall is a graduate of the Directors Lab at the Canadian Film Centre, The Berlinale Talent Campus, the National Screen Institute’s Diverse Director Program, and the TIFF Director’s Lab.
This talk is a part of 2016 San Diego Asian Film Festival.
The Lockpicker will be screened Saturday, November 5, 3:30pm @ UltraStar Mission Valley.
Sponsored by the Department of Literature