StarNow and NZFC present- A Special Screening and Q&A with Oscar Accredited Filmmakers

Posted Tuesday 12 Nov 2013

There's an exciting film event coming up on Wednesday 20 November in Wellington at the Film Archive that will interest WIFT members.

StarNow are hosting, along with the New Zealand Film Commission, a special screening and Q&A with two very talented Oscar accredited filmmakers, Mitsuyo Miyazaki (HollyShorts 2013 Best Film Winner & all the way from the US) and Michelle Saville (whose film Ellen is Leaving won Best Narrative Short at the 2013 South by Southwest Film Festival).

Here is the link to tickets and information....

Link to tickets & info:

Facebook event page:!/events/1468922740000065/

See press release below....

StarNow brings Multi Award Winning Short Filmmaker to Wellington

HollyShorts 2013 Best Film winner Mitsuyo Miyazaki to present her short film to Wellington audience

StarNow is excited to be bringing to Wellington, HollyShorts 2013 Best Film winner Mitsuyo Miyazaki and Jacob Halajian. While they are visiting, StarNow in conjunction with the New Zealand Film Commission will be hosting a screening and Q&A of the winning short film Tsuyako on the 20 November at the Film Archive.

"We are really excited to be bringing such a talented filmmaker to Wellington" says StarNow's General Manager, Markets, Jessica Manins. "It's a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase what a great place Wellington is to make films".

Mitsuyo Miyazaki is a talented writer-director, whose directorial debut short film Tsuyako has screened at over 70 film festivals worldwide, winning 42 awards including Best International Short Film at 2 Academy Award qualified festivals and Future Filmmaker's Award and Audience Award at Palm Springs International Short Fest. Her most recent short film A Better Tomorrow was produced by The Weinstein Company and sponsored by Lexus, premiered at the 2013 Festival de Cannes.

Mitsuyo will also be premiering her short film Tsuyako at an event hosted by StarNow and the New Zealand Film Commission on Wednesday 20 November at the Film Archive. "I am so thrilled to be able to share Tsuyako with a Wellington audience" says Mitsuyo. "Tsuyako was actually inspired by an old photograph of my grandmother who had to sacrifice so much of her life for the family. So it's a story very close to me" says Mistuyo.


Tsuyako tells the story of Tsuyako who lives a demanding life as a mill factory worker, obedient wife, and loving mother.  When an old female lover, Yoshie, pays a surprise visit, she reignites a passion in Tsuyako. After Yoshie witnesses how Tsuyakos new family mistreats her, she begs Tsuyako to leave with her to Tokyo, to live the life that they had always dreamt of together.  Tsuyako must choose between her duties as a woman and the promise of freedom, while struggling to maintain the Japanese traditions of culture and respect of her family.

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Documentary Edge Director to Lead the School of Performing and Screen Arts at Unitec

Posted Tuesday 12 Nov 2013

The Documentary New Zealand Trust is proud to announce the appointment of its founding Director Alex Lee to Head of Performing and Screen Arts (PASA) at UNITEC.

UNITEC is the largest institute of technology in Auckland and offers degree programmes in arts, business, and technical subjects at the bachelors, masters and doctoral level. Mr. Lee will remain a Director of the Documentary New Zealand Trust and continue his involvement with the Trust's activities which includes the annual Documentary Edge Festival, Screen Edge Forum, DOC Lab and ongoing advocacy.

The Documentary New Zealand Trust is especially excited about the opportunity of working with Mr. Lee to extend its professional development programmes and support of tertiary and industry education.

"This is a great opportunity for Alex and Documentary Edge. Alex's passion for documentary and the screen industry aligned it with his vision of education in the screen and performing arts sector to produce industry ready graduates will be formidable." says Dan Shanan, Director of Documentary New Zealand Trust.

Mr. Lee has previously been a law lecturer at City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland University and the previous Director of the Auckland Branch of The Institute of Professional Legal Studies.

Mr. Lee has directed for stage and film. He is currently Deputy Chair of Film Auckland Inc.and involved with various performing arts organisations. He is also the Producer of the documentary film "Hip Hoperation" in post production (co-produced with Paula Jones) due for theatrical release in the 2nd quarter of 2014.

"I remain committed to continuing to work as a Director of Documentary New Zealand Trust and supporting the screen industry. I am very much looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that will come in my new role as Head of PASA" says Alex Lee.

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