THE WORLD IS MINE + BE CUTE, NOW!
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16
34th Annual Olympia Film Festival presents:
THE WORLD IS MINE with the short narrative film BE CUTE, NOW!
8:30pm doors / 9:00pm film
$10 general admission / $7 OFS members & students / $5 Kids
Cosplayer Ann Oren moves to Tokyo, seeking an identity through Japanese cyber diva Hatsune Miku. While there, she is drawn into a love affair with one of the fans. Miku is a Vocaloid, a vocal synthesizer software personified by a cute animated character. Her entire persona: lyrics, music and animation –is fan created, and that’s her charm. She even performs sold out concerts as a hologram. By transforming herself into a Miku character through cosplay, director Ann Oren enters a world of real hardcore fans where fantasy is more real than reality and the differentiation between the two becomes obsolete. The film examines the performative nature of cosplaying –dressing up and playing the role of fictional characters –as a hybrid space where reality blurs into fetishistic fantasies and pop culture clichés. Combining fan-made lyrics and songs, Oren’s trials and tribulations in the fictional Miku world unfolds through vague erotic episodes and encounters with characters whose ontological status remains mysterious, bringing to mind the adventures of a modern Alice in a virtual Wonderland.
Dir. Ann Oren / 2017 / Japan / 70 minutes
SHORT NARRATIVE FILM: BE CUTE, NOW!
Why do people turn into filmmakers once they become parents? What are they trying to capture when filming their children, treating them as adorably charismatic hosts of talk show with an audience of few? And what if their children don’t follow the script?
Dir. Megan Hattie Stahl / 2017 / US / 4 minutes