Thursday, March 31, 2011

Japanamerica @Smithsonian THIS Saturday

Interest: Smithsonian Museum to Host Satoshi Kon Tribute on Saturday

posted on 2011-03-30 21:13 EDT
Author Roland Kelts to present Paprika, preview of Makoto Shinkai's Hoshi o Ou Kodomo

Japanamerica book author Roland Kelts confirmed with ANN that he will host a tribute event dedicated to the late anime director Satoshi Kon at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. this coming Saturday, April 2. Otakon parent company Otakorp is serving as a co-sponsor for the event, and the D.C. Anime Club as a co-presenter.

The event will include a speech from Kelts honoring Kon's life works, and a screening of Paprika. The Smithsonian is also hosting a screening of Makoto Shinkai's The Place Promised in Our Early Days following a preview of Shinkai's upcoming film Hoshi o Ou Kodomo, a screening of Hayao Miyazaki's Kiki's Delivery Service, a cosplay contest, and an art workshop. The schedule is as follows:

  • 11:00 a.m. Kiki's Delivery Service screening
  • 2:00 p.m. Anime Artists Workshop
  • 2:00 p.m. Cosplay Contest
  • 4:30 p.m. Hoshi o Ou Kodomo preview / The Place Promised in Our Early Daysscreening
  • 6:30 p.m. Roland Kelts speech & book signing
  • 7:30 p.m. Paprika screening

Seating for the screenings will open 30 minutes prior to its start time, and seats will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All of the events will take place at the museum's Freer Gallery.

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