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PAST VOL 6

Gothenburg @ Film Festival Special
Jan 30, 2008

PAST VOL 7

El Paso @ Dome Bar
Aug 12, 2010

PAST VOL 15

Oslo @ DogA
Sep 09, 2010

PAST VOL 3

Fort Worth @ Embargo
Nov 11, 2011

PAST VOL 12

Austin @ Former Goodwill
Nov 17, 2011

PAST VOL 2

Fort Lauderdale @ GirlsClub Fort Lauderdale
Nov 15, 2012

PAST VOL 24

Columbus @ Gateway Film Center
Feb 21, 2013

PAST VOL 17

Dunedin @ Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Apr 10, 2013

PAST VOL 29

Vancouver @ Vogue Theatre
Sep 20, 2013

PAST VOL 1

Østfold @ Hydrogenfabrikken
Nov 20, 2013

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Duct Tape Fonts

BY TRIOFOUR
@ VOL 49 ON FEB 27, 2008

TrioFour introduces us to the fantastically generic duct tape font 'Shuetsu-tai' by Shuetsu Sato. TrioFour is a film and documentary team based in Tokyo. (in Japanese with English subtitles)

"Presentation of the Day" on July 31, 2013.

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My Airfield, My Festival

BY BELLA RUNE
@ VOL 67 ON DEC 02, 2009

Bella Rune's magnetic personality and work drew people to a deserted airfield in Sweden for a day of filming. She describes her work as a "physical manifestation of human dreams and aspirations and the sad and touchingconsequences of when these fail to deliver. At the time this presentation was done, Bella was Artist in Residence at Tokyo WonderSite.

"Presentation of the Day" on February 6, 2013.

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Dosvelas Pictures- Smile & OPEN YOUR EYES

BY JESSICA W. LEUNG
@ VOL 8 ON FEB 20, 2010

Jessica Leung - documentarian, video freelancer, connector - about working with Pamela Anderson in Hollywood... to making an experimental documentary in India! www.dosvelaspictures.com
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Doglegs

BY HEATH COZENS
@ VOL 90 ON MAR 28, 2012

Heath Cozens talks about Doglegs, Tokyo’s own iconoclastic “superhandicapped” pro-wrestling league, and the subject of the feature documentary that he is making. This presentation is in English.
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Computer Graphic Character Design

BY REIBE STUDIOS
@ VOL 11 ON DEC 20, 2011

A group of students from computer science and fine arts departments share with us the methodologies they apply to the creation of characters in computer graphics, and how they produced two short films. (in Italian)

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Contained Stories

BY NIKKI BISENIEKS
@ VOL 3 ON MAY 16, 2013

Nikki Bisenieks received her first camera at age 7; since then, photography has been her medium of choice to capture the stories happening around her. Here she gives us a short survey of her photography, including her choice of subjects and preference for film. 

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Emblem, I

BY GABRIEL EMBEHA
@ VOL 16 ON AUG 21, 2013

Emblem, I is a transmedia story told via a wide variety of objects, events and participants worldwide. It includes a novel, a feature film and a number of performance pieces. The enigmatic Gabriel Embeha gives us a peek into the alternate world he has created.

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Could I Take a Bullet?

BY JOHN RICHIE
@ VOL 10 ON SEP 20, 2013

Filmmaker John Richie speaks about the people that he came to know making "Shell Shocked", a documentary about youth and gun violence in New Orleans. He became very close to people that had lost loved ones (oftentimes children) in this way.

Many of the shootings in New Orleans are due to retaliatory violence. Like Ed Buckner says in Shell Shocked, “When you shoot one black kid, all you are doing is inciting his 20 friends to come and kill you.”

As John says, "The retaliatory response is a young man’s way of dealing with it, and only a small group of “hardheads” will do this. Most people who have lost a loved one in this violent, unfair way have years, if not a lifetime, of intense grief and anger. But what I’ve seen from the mothers, fathers, and friends of victims is an amazing transcendence from grief to compassion and enlightenment.  I’m amazed by it, and I wonder if I lost my brother or best friend to gun violence which path I’d take.  I hope I would follow the example of the great people in my film Shell Shocked."

Shell Shocked is screening at the National League of Cities conference in 2013 and is available for purchase at www.shellshockeddoc.com

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Getting Out, Getting Animated

BY SIMON HOWE
@ VOL 22 ON MAR 04, 2014

Simon Howe started out working behind the scenes in a film-based theater, but as technology caught up with him, he was forced to look to other avenues for work. He speaks about his trials and triumphs, on working in a creative group, and his work animating. 

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Documenting Language Loss & Reacquisition

BY DANIEL QUINTANILLA
@ VOL 20 ON JAN 31, 2014

Daniel Quintanilla is a documentary filmmaker and editor, who has produced numerous NGO documentaries, with themes ranging from traditional medicine in Uganda to orphanages in Bolivia. After moving to the US from Mexico, Daniel began his career in Boston working with a renowned Brazilian editor on the film Captive Beauty, about a beauty pageant in an all-women’s high security prison in Colombia. He then moved north to work at the Maine Media Workshops and was commissioned to edit the film Language of America, a story about language loss and reacquisition amongst Native American tribes in New England. Most recently, he edited the award winning film Raw Faith.

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Gunnar Rehlin

Gunnar Rehlin is indeed a real -- and renowned -- Swedish film critic, but he was also the star of the short film Gunnar Rehlin - en liten film om att göra någon illa (Gunnar Rehlin - A Short Film About Hurting Somebody), released in 2000. Filmed as a faux episode of American documentary series Insight, it revolved around a group of comedians -- The Killing Gang -- who create an award-winning ad campaign criticizing and lampooning Rehlin. The short set its sights on the advertising industry in general, and in the film we see meaningless ads -- in Swedish, but the taking the world by storm, accusing Rehlin of being boring, a pedophile, and a murderer. Below, a strange clip from a strange film. Rehlin talked about his participation in the short during a presentation at last week's Pecha Kucha Night Gothenburg Vol. 12.

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Poster for PKN Vaduz Vol. 5

PechaKucha Night in Vaduz Vol. 5 will be held as part of Filmfest Vauduz, a film festival to be held under the night sky with a screening of the Coen Brothers' A Serious Man -- the presentations will take place before the screening. It all happens July 30 at Rathausplatz, and entrance is free.

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Young Filmmaker Shines at PKN Coquitlam

We've had a few very young presenters participate at PechaKucha Nights before -- you may remember when we covered PKN Providence's Shae Janiga -- and here's another amazing young girl presenting at her first PKN, 11-year-old filmmaker Miranda Andersen, who presented at last night's PKN in Coquitlam Vol. 2. Organizer Helen Daniels shares this bio of Miranda which we post below, and here's also a link to a piece on her from The Now (where the photo was taken from). We're also very happy to note that Miranda is just back from LA, where she accepted a prize for her film on Mary Hagedorn.My name is Miranda Andersen. I am ll years old. I made my first film when I was 9. It started as a writing project on heroes. Since my hero was local I wanted to take the project a step further and turn it into a film. After that, every Monday afternoon after school, my teacher helped me to learn about making movies using iMovie. It was entered in the My Hero Film Festival in California and I won. My next film was a short silent on the same subject, Ruth Foster (I worked with Ruth as a volunteer at the Mossom Creek Hatchery in Port Moody). I did this film to fit the criteria for an Earth Day Canada competition. It won a best overall award. Last year I sat on a film jury in Vancouver and entered one of my films at the festival as well and won best screenplay. When I was 10 I got interested in a scientist named Mary Hagedorn who is a marine biologist with the Smithsonian Institute who is trying to save coral using cryogenics. I went to Hawaii to interview her and she gave me a tour of the facility she works at and an interview. Then I worked at home on school days on my teacher's laptop to complete this movie. Next I made another movie on Mary for a whole different festival (Planet in Focus) and it was screened in Toronto - I even got paid for it. I've finished another short silent on Mary for this year's Earth Day Canada festival. I enjoy making all these films and I already have some ideas for future ones. I think of myself as a artist first and a filmmaker second. I take art lessons and love to paint, draw and do anything crafty.

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Poster for PKN Waterville Vol. 4

The next PechaKucha Night in Waterville (Vol. 4) has been announced and it's set for July 20, and will be held at Colby College's Parker Reed Room as part of the Maine International Film Festival.

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The Making of a Local Film, Saving Sea Turtles, and a Silent Presentation

Presentations In this presentation (from PKN Bangor Vol. 4), Alan Comeau is joined on stage with the cast and crew of the film The Road Back: Alan Comeau, Acadia Hospital communications officer and producer of the film; Faith Bishop, Hermon High School student and screenwriter/director of the film; Natalie Johnson, Hermon High School student and “Allie” in the film; and Lucas Holmes, Hampden Academy student and musician/composer for the film. There are many things to see and do in Panamá, and one of them is to check out the sea turtles. Carla Ortiz and Franklyn Arana talk (in Spanish, from PKN Panama Vol. 9) about a foundation that rescues turtle eggs and also helps save those who were recently born. Here's a special presentation, "Listen With Your Eyes," that was done at Amsterdam's recent PKN Vol. 22, which we share in video form for reasons you'll soon see. Posters Today's addition to the Tumblr blog is the poster for New Haven's upcoming -- and hopefully "lucky" -- Vol. 13, set for August 29.  Calendar Today (July 31) we have PKN Dnipropetrovsk Vol. 2, and tomorrow we kick off August with the following two events: PKN Glasgow Vol. 9 and PKN Azores Vol. 3. 

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Finding Motivation in Film, Soccer-inspired Clothing, and a Video from Charleston

Presentations As you'll discover in his presentation (from PKN Toronto Vol. 14), Emmanuel Lopez -- aka Motivatorman -- has a blog that talks about how different films can help people overcome difficult times. Gianni Stevano's presentation (in Italian, from PKN Genoa Vol. 3) is about how he came to produce -- or what inspired -- the new Master of the Midfield clothing line. It is expressed through the memory of playing on the road, in the sand, or anywhere else where there are no restrictions. Posters Our last addition to the Tumblr blog this week as we head into the weekend is the poster for tomorrow night's PKN Yogyakarta Vol. 4 (pictured).  Video We offered a peek at the recent PKN Charleston Vol. 15 just the other day, and now here's a video highlight of the event, to give you a better idea of how things went down.  Calendar The weekend starts tonight (October 12) with PKN Bogota Vol. 9, PKN Longmont Vol. 8, PKN Pune Vol. 6, and PKN Seattle Vol. 39. On Saturday we have PKN Ostrava Vol. 9 and the aforementioned PKN Yogyakarta Vol. 4, and then on Sunday it's PKN Whistler Vol. 7. 

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Experimenting with Film, Developing Your Acting Skills, and Photos from Tokyo

Presentations Lulu De Panbehchi believes that what is good for her is also good for film. As we discover in this presentation (from PKN Williamsburg Vol. 2), she experiments with different substances' effects in developing her photographs. Torben Jørgensen is an autodidactic actor struggling to apply skills, to make and be part of theatre projects. Listen (in Danish, from PKN Aalborg Vol. 9) to his amazing -- and courageous -- story. Posters There are two additions to the Tumblr blog today, starting with the poster pictured above, for next month's PKN Usti nad Labem Vol. 4. We've also included the poster for the upcoming PKN Vladimir Vol. 9.  Photos We finally get to share our photo gallery [Flickr] -- and on Facebook too -- of last month's PKN Tokyo Vol. 95, with photos taken as always by Michael Holmes. Above from top, our traditional audience group shot, Nooka's Matthew Waldman presenting, and an attendee enjoying her drink.  Calendar Here's what to expect tonight (October 16): PKN Hong Kong Vol. 12, PKN Poitiers Vol. 3, PKN Hjorring Vol. 2, PKN Sacramento Vol. 19, and PKN Helsingborg Vol. 10. Tomorrow you'll find the following five events: PKN Istanbul Vol. 15, PKN Ornskoldsvik Vol. 2, PKN Dallas Vol. 11, PKN Stockholm Vol. 36, and PKN Miami Vol. 19.

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Global Night in Vancouver

Vancouver will be taking part in the PechaKucha Global Night on September 20 with its Vol. 29, and as you can read in this post, it'll be celebrating the "Hidden Heroes" theme with a lineup of presenters from the local film industry. 

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Watch PechaKucha Vol. 29 - Film Edition presentations!

    PechaKucha Vol. 29, Film Edition was an inspiring evening focused on the hidden heroes of the film industry here in Vancouver. In case you missed it, we’ve posted each talk on our vimeo page.    Speakers Gwenael Lewis - Director New Document, Videographer BocciA filmmaker, storyteller, and design entrepreneur based in Vancouver, BC. Gwenael's growing obsession for visual story telling came to the forefront while working at Chanel. He has since collaborated with several international designers including Omer Arbel, Marcel Wanders and Maarten Baas.  Watch Presentation Carl Bessai - Director Raven West Films Carl Bessai is one of Canada’s leading directors of independent film. Based in Vancouver and Los Angeles, he has directed 14 feature films to date, all of which have garnered numerous national and international awards. Watch Presentation Edo Van Breemen - Film Score Composer / Producer A classically trained composer, songwriter, and electronic music producer. Edo's stylistic versatility and ability to musically interpret narratives in an emotionally compelling manner have made him a go-to composer for a rapidly growing pool of renowned film directors and commercial production houses worldwide. Watch Presentation Andrea Chlebak - Digital Colorist, Digital Film Central Andrea Chlebak is the Senior Colorist and Director of Creative Services at Central, a boutique post-production facility in Vancouver, BC. Andrea most recently completed the final colour for Neill Blomkamp's feature film, Elysium. Watch Presentation Adrien Van Viersen - Illustrator/Filmmaker, Smashmedia Production Adrien's career as a storyboard artist began with Romeo Must Die, and continued with Dreamcatcher, X-men2, I-Robot, Incredible Hulk, Mission Impossible 4, and TV pilots Smallville, Supernatural, The Arrow, and Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles. Watch Presentation Simon Barry - Creator/Show-Runner of Continuum Simon has sold Film and TV projects to Warner Bros., DreamWorks, Universal, Columbia, Working Title, CBS, FOX, FX, TNT, USA, and many independent companies. Feature Film credits include the Warner Bros. action thriller The Art of War and the micro budgeted independent Hamlet. Watch Presentation Kristin Lehman - Actress, Editor of This Fair Land Kristin's television credits include leading series regular roles on The Killing, Judging Amy, Felicity, Century City, Drive, Tilt and Strange World to name a few. Kristin can be seen playing Detective Angie Flynn on CTV’s primetime drama, Motive, or running her recently launched online magazine, This Fair Land. Watch Presentation Wayne Bennett - Film Producer, Organizer of Save BC Film Wayne has been a member of the Film and Television community for 23 years. In 2013, he became actively involved with "Save BC Film" in an effort to educate the public and our Government of the benefits of having an active and thriving Film and Television industry in BC. Watch Presentation Jesse James Miller - Writer/Director, Profile Films Jesse James Miller is a multi-award winning writer and director who's latest critically acclaimed feature film The Good Son: The life of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini was described by the LA TIMES as "a powerful story of triumph & tragedy". Watch Presentation Damien Gillis - Co-Director Fractured Land A Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues – especially relating to water, energy and saving Canada’s wild salmon – working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. Watch Presentation Maureen Webb - Co-Founder Project Limelight Society Co-Owner of East Of Main Cafe Maureen Webb co-founded (with her sister, Donalda Weaver) Project Limelight Society, a free performing arts program for young people living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. They also launched East of Main Cafe, in Chinatown, which donates 100% of its profits to Project Limelight. Watch Presentation Kevin Eastwood - Producer/Director of Optic Nerve Films The producer on two of BC's most successful homegrown feature films (the cult favourite Fido, and the Canadian box office hit, The Delicate Art of Parking). Currently directing The Emergency Room - a new series from Lark Productions that takes an unprecedented look inside the emergency room at VGH. Watch Presentation

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Design Diversity - Powered by PechaKucha

  We hope that you were able to make it out to PechaKucha Night Cleveland - Volume 21, which took place last Friday evening at the citadel of free speech, The City Club of Cleveland. It was a yet another truly magical evening here in Cleveland listening to amazing, creative and inspiring stories. As many have noticed, space was fairly limited at about 450 people, and we needed to distribute tickets via our Facebook page(still FREE:) to make sure we did not take the venue beyond their capacity. If you were not able to make it out, have no fear, we video taped the entire evening and are planning on posting those presentations as soon as we can process them. A special thanks goes out to Dan Moulthrop, Carrie Miller and everyone at The City Club of Cleveland for making that such an amazing partnership and evening. We are looking forward to partnering with them on many events in the future. Also, if you did not have a chance to make it out, or you did and just can't get enough inspiration, you have another opportunity TONIGHT to be inspired. The event titled "DesignDiversity - Powered by PechaKucha" takes place at Take 5 in downtown Cleveland. The event doors open with a Happy Hour from 7-8pm and the presentations will start at 8pm. The presenter list is pretty amazing and features 5 African American creative professions and will be emcee'd by Jennifer Coleman. Presenters include: Terran Washington Designer, Little Jacket Michele Crawford Intern Architect, Robert P. Madison International Jason Russell City Planner, City of Lakewood Diane Davis-Sikora Associate Professor, Kent State University College of Architecture & Environmental Design Arlene Watson Principal and Creative Director, Möbius Grey LLC Event Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/410030872466336/ We hope you can make it out to the first "Powered by PechaKucha" event in downtown Cleveland. We are going to be working hard throughout 2014 to not only bring you GREAT PechaKucha Night events, but we are going to be aggressively working with various organizations to fill the calendar with Powered by PechaKucha opportunities in between. What is "Powered by PechaKucha" you ask? Powered X PKN events are one-off events that are separate from regular city-based PechaKucha Nights, but still utilize the 20 images x 20 seconds format. The events will be completely organized by other organizations and oftentimes have very different focuses, but PKNCLE is going to do what it can to support each event it can to help everyone tell their creative stories. If you are interested in hosting a "Powered by PechaKucha" event, please email us at pkncleveland@gmail.com and we will definitely reach out to talk about the process. Cheers to an amazing, inspiring and creativity filled 2014! -PKN Cleveland Creative Team Michael Christoff Raseem Parker Aseem Garg Emily Bacha Trent Boerner Heather Lenz David Purpera