Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA presents
Makino Takashi: Memento Stella
Thursday, September 19, 2019, 7:00pm
At MOCA Grand Avenue, 250 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Filmmaker Makino Takashi in person! Los Angeles premiere!
Los Angeles Filmforum and MOCA are thrilled to welcome Japanese artist Makino Takashi back to Los Angeles for the LA premiere of his mesmerizing new feature-length work, MEMENTO STELLA. Using material filmed in numerous cities throughout his travels, Makino radically manipulates and transforms this footage into swirling, immersive masses of energy that feature up to two hundred layers of complex superimposition. Working at 4K resolution and 5.1 sound, Makino’s latest work is a deeply affecting investigation into the micro- and macrocosmic, and an intricate audio-visual treatise on the ephemerality of memory, experience, and existence. This program is made possible with support from The Japan Foundation.
Tickets: $15 general; $10 for seniors; $8 for students with ID; free for Filmforum and MOCA members. Available in advance from Brown Paper Tickets at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4328134 or at the door.
Filmmaker, Cinematography, Editor : Takashi Makino
Japan, Hong Kong, 2018, DCP(4K VIDEO), color, sound, 60 minutes
Memento Stella is a original phrase I coined to remind me to "remember the stars" and "never forget that we too reside among the stars", as well as the title of a project I started from winter of 2016.
For several years I've travelled the world, screening my work. And throughout this dark, sad world, amid war and terrorism, countless lives lost to natural cataclysms caused by human-caused, and there hasn't been a single day that death hasn't been in my thoughts.
At the same time, I do realize that it is not only death that binds us. We are also born and raised and living on this little planet, among the stars. I pursue my work with the idea that if each day, we might be conscious of this truth for even a moment, then maybe perhaps somewhere deep in our hearts, we might find shared artistic expressions, keys to a place beyond the religions, politics, borders, languages, and personal desires which tear us apart. -December 2017 Takashi Makino