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MIT Cool Japan events 3/14 – film screening, book launch

You are invited to two events on March 14 (Thursday) at MIT, sponsored by the MIT Cool Japan research project.   Both are free and open to the public.  

March 14, Thursday

Anime film screening 

“Wolf Children” (2012, Japan) — New England premiere!

& Q/A with Director Mamoru Hosoda

7:00pm (one show only), 3/14 (Th)

Room 26-100, MIT (map)

7:00pm — 3/14 (Th), Room 26-100, MIT– Come see the new award-winning anime film “Wolf Children” (2012) followed by a Q/A with the director Mamoru Hosoda, who also wrote the story and the co-wrote the screenplay.  This is the New England premiere of the film, and the only area showing.  “Wolf Children” is the brilliant third feature from Hosoda, whose “Summer Wars” (2009) and “Girl Who Leapt Through Time” (2006) have established him as one of the world’s top creative forces in animation.  In Japanese with English subtitles, recommended for ages 9 and up.  Free and open to the public.  Film synopsis here.

Book launch event

“The Soul of Anime” by Ian Condry

author talk and discussion

4:00pm, 3/14 (Th)

Room E151-149, MIT (map)

4:00pm — 3/14 (Th), Room E51-149, MIT — Earlier in the day, come celebrate the publication of JET alum Ian Condry‘s new book “The Soul of Anime:  Collaborative Creativity and Japan’s Media Success Story” (2013, Duke UP).  Why is Japan the world leader in animation?  Cultural anthropologist and professor at MIT, Condry will give a multimedia presentation on his book’s findings.  Based on fieldwork in Tokyo’s anime studios, he argues that collaborative creativity, which connects manga, anime, toys and fans, is the key to anime’s global success. Talk is free and open to the public. Read the Intro (free). Book (to buy). MIT News article.

Contacts:  fll-events at mit at edu

Special thanks to Cool Japan’s supporters:  MIT Japan, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies (Harvard), Studio Chizu, Funimation, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Comparative Media Studies, and ANA.  

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