American short films hit Japan

Five-city tour starts in Tokyo on June 9

TOKYO — The second edition of the American short film festival kicks off in Tokyo on Friday as a part of a five-city tour through Japan.

The event, officially called American Short Shorts Film Festival 2000, features about 45 entries ranging in length from less than a minute to 30 minutes. Fest is designed to give new filmmakers a forum to have their works featured in major venues.

Some of the highlights include a selection of short films from Martin Scorsese as well as “The Personals,” the Oscar-winning documentary from helmer Keiko Ibi.

Oldies but goodies

There is also a segment that features vintage pieces, including works from Thomas Edison’s film company as well as the early works of Judy Garland and Charlie Chaplin.

One work of note features Ewan McGregor in a four-minute pic called “Desserts.”

The tour will travel to Sapporo, Nagoya, Osaka and finish in the southern Japanese city of Naha.

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