April at WAG – “Dog Pile” by Kevin Dietz and Michael Hampton @ Watkins Arcade Gallery
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dog Pile is an energetic drawing experiment between artists Kevin Dietz and Michael Hampton. The purpose of the experiment is to utilize the space with crossing narratives, and to occupy the wall. The wall will become a pile in the process; a pile will be formed through the process while the means of its construction is lost. Parts may be lost in the pile, a burial mound of cartoon context, but every vanished line offers an insight into another work, another narrative. Different stories come out on top. The story starts any where and ends anywhere. The writers block becomes the work. One page is over another, one mark is over another, and, one story is over another. The nature of drawing is in constant thrust. The eraser is the killer, and the pencil a knife! Cut and carve, mark and erase. Stack and stack. Sometimes an exact feeling is hard to place. So, just stare.

Japanese Film Festival at Watkins
Apr 7 – Apr 9 all-day

Friday – 7 April 2017

6:00 – Opening night receptions – Watkins cafeteria/deck overlooking pond

7:30 – Voices of a Distant Star – 25 min – 2002 – Animated (JF)

Japanese with English subtitles

The first major project by director Makoto Shinkai. who recently directed the movie ‘Your Name’ (Kimi no na wa), which overtook ‘Spirited Away’ to be the highest grossing anime film in history

Saturday – 8 April 2017

5:30 –  Miss Hokusai –Animated – 1 hour 33 minutes

Japanese with English sub-titles

From award-winning director Keiichi Hara (Colorful) and Japanese powerhouse Production I.G (creators of Ghost in the Shell) comes a remarkable story of the daughter behind one of history’s most famous artists. As all of Edo flocks to see the work of the revered painter Hokusai, his daughter O-Ei toils diligently inside his studio. Her masterful portraits, dragons and erotic sketches – sold under the name of her father – are coveted by upper crust Lords and journeyman print makers alike. Shy and reserved in public, in the studio O-Ei is as brash and uninhibited as her father, smoking a pipe. But despite this fiercely independent spirit, O-Ei struggles under the domineering influence of her father and is ridiculed for lacking the life experience that she is attempting to portray in her art. Miss Hokusai‘s bustling Edo (present day Tokyo) is filled with yokai spirits, dragons, and conniving tradesmen, while O-Ei’s relationships with her demanding father and blind younger sister provide a powerful emotional underpinning to this sumptuously-animated coming-of- age tale.

Sunday – 9 April 2017

1:00 –  From Up on Poppy Hill – Animated – 1 hour 32 min

Japanese with English subtitles

Set in 1963 Yokohama, Japan, the film tells the story of Umi Matsuzaki, a high school girl living in a boarding house, Coquelicot Manor. When Umi meets Shun Kazama, a member of the school’s newspaper club, they decide to clean up the school’s clubhouse, Quartier Latin. However, Tokumaru, the chairman of the local high school and a businessman, intends to demolish the building for redevelopment and Umi and Shun, along with Shirō Mizunuma, must persuade him to reconsider. Japanese animated drama film directed by Gorō Miyazaki, scripted by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa, and produced by Studio Ghibli. It is based on the 1980 serialized Japanese comic of the same name illustrated by Chizuru Takahashi and written by Tetsurō Sayama.

3:00 –  The Gift from Beate – 92 min – 2004 – Documentary (JF)

This film first follows the story of Beate Shirota Gordon, who helped draft the Japanese constitution after WWII, particularly  the article which guarantees equality between men and women. The second half of the film follows a few Japanese women who used that newfound equality to embark on a number of ground-breaking projects.

5:00 – The Harimaya Bridge

English and Japanese

Daniel Holder’s father was killed fighting the Japanese during the Second World War…something he thought he had made peace with long ago, until a recent discovery opened up old emotional wounds. So when Daniel’s beloved artist son Mickey takes a job in Japan teaching English, it creates a rift between them. Mickey dies in a traffic accident, and Daniel’s profound regret at their estrangement is matched only by his increased resentment towards Japan…a country he thinks took not only his father, but now his only child as well. Despite these feelings, Daniel goes to Japan to retrieve Mickey’s final paintings. But despite the kindness he is shown and the evidence of the happy life his son led, he cannot let go of his negative feelings. But unexpected discoveries about Mickey’s life and legacy change everything for Daniel, forcing him to re-assess his feelings and the life he will henceforth lead.

Watkins Studio Experience @ Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
Apr 8 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

You don’t have to imagine art school; with Watkins’s Studio Experience, you can immerse yourself in it right now. Tour the residence halls, dine at the cafe, relax in the library, attend a gallery talk, speak with your future peers, take a class with our faculty, experiment with high-end equipment, and make work. We can’t wait to show you around.


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Best of Watkins Student Films @ Regal Cinemas 100 Oaks Mall
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us at the Regal Cinemas 100 Oaks Mall for screenings of the best of Watkins student films. Admission is free but reservations are required. Write reservations@watkins.edu to reserve your seats for this event.