Rising Indies! in Manila



Oct 2 (Fri) – Oct 6 (Wed), 2015
Admission: Free
Venues: Los Otros, Green Papaya Art Projects

“Rising Indies! In Tokyo” will be held Oct 31 – Nov 4, 2015

Organized by Happy Tent
In collaboration with Los Otros Films
Curated by Chizuru Usui & Shireen Seno
Supported by The Japan Foundation Asia Center

Oct 3 @ Los Otros 20:00- “The Kalampag Tracking Agency” curated by Merv Espina & Shireen Seno


Featuring some of the most striking experimental films and videos from the Philippines and its diaspora over the past 30 years. Works by Miko Revereza, Mel Bacani III, Roxlee, RJ Leyran, John Torres, Tad Ermitaño, Yason Banal, Raya Martin, Tito & Tita, Martha Atienza, Jon Lazam, Cesar Hernando, Eli Guieb III & Jimbo Albano

Oct 3 @ Los Otros 21:00- “The Far East Apartment” and “Mariko’s 30 Pirates” by Tetsuya Mariko



A young man starts making films with an 8mm camera, pushing himself through film. Two of Tetsuya Mariko’s personal early works which garnered awards from Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival and the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen.
Tetsuya Mariko
Born in Tokyo in 1981. Completed studies at the Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts. His Float Running (2003) and Mariko’s 30 Pirates (2004) were screened at various international fi lm festivals. His debut feature fi lm Yellow Kid (2009) was released theatrically, and his 42-minute short fi lm NINIFUNI (2011) was invited to Locarno International Film Festival. He also directed FUN FAIR (2012) in Malaysia for the anthology film Own Night with a Shooting Star. “Distraction Babies” will be theatrically released in 2016.

Oct 4 @ Green Papaya 20:00- Japanese Experimental Shorts + Animation Short film program of 8mm experimental work, abstract animation, and more!

rourou“rourou” by Sakurako Nagano
Sakurako Nagano
Born in Fukuoka. Current Digital Media, Graduate School of Art, Hiroshima City University. Her animation work’s begins with ideas inspired by her personal experiences – encounters with people and event.
to-the-light“To the light 2.0”
Kei Shichiri
suchagood“Crazy Little Thing” &”such a good place to die” by Onohana
Grew up in the Iwate, Japan. Graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Film and New Media, Department of Animation in 2014. She is the member of the ONIONSKIN. She is making a new animation films today.
natsukusa“Summer Grass 2/10” (single 8mm)and more..
Mie Kurihara
Born in 1971. Worked as a projectionist at asound studio for one year after graduating from junior college; subsequently, she joined the 17th workshop of Image Forum Institute of Moving image. She has produced nine works so far including Level blue (1999), Summer grass 2/10 (2008). All her works are shot on 8-mm film.

Oct 4 @ Green Papaya 21:30- Roundtable discussion “Media and Migration”
From 8mm to DCP, how do independent filmmakers and artists deal with formats, from the shoot to presentation, distribution, and archiving of their works. Comparing moving image practices in Japan and the Philippines, film and art.
Oct 5 @ Los Otros 20:00-
“Who Opens the Door?” by Hajime Izuki
“KIM” by Shumpei Shimizu

tobira“Who Opens the Door?”


A young boy goes on a strange bus ride with his mother. Reality and dreams interweave in “Who Opens the Door?”, a portrait of the wonderment of boyhood and the end of innocence.
hajime izuki
Hajime Izuki
Born in 1980. During his time at university, he participated as a crew member for Nobuhiro Yamashita work. After working at production company, he took part in the works of Shinya Tsukamoto and Masashi Yamamoto. His future debut “- × – (Minus by Minus)” was officially invited to the International Rome Film Festival and also shown in other festivals. Short film “Who Opens the Door?” was presented in the Hong Kong International Film Festival and others, receiving high evaluation. He is currently participating “TKY2015”, a short film making project organized by Happy Tent.
kim “KIM”


“KIM” is a gritty melodrama in which the worlds of Zainichi boxer and a battered housewife-turned-prostitute collide and spiral down the path of destruction.
Shumpei Shimizu
Born in Kamakura in 1984. After graduating Meiji Gakuin University, he worked at a maritime company, and in 2013, started studying at Tama Art University. His first film, “KIM”, won grand prize at the 26th Tokyo Students Film Festival, officially invited to Nippon Connection and Vancouver International Film Festival. In 2014, he started studying at the Tokyo University of the Arts, where he is currently enrolled. He participated as a crew member for Martin Scorsese’s “Silence.” He is currently participating “TKY2015”, a short film making project organized by Happy Tent.

Oct 6 @ Green Papaya 20:00- “Anatomy of a Paper Clip” by Akira Ikeda *Director in attendance

clip “Anatomy of a Paper Clip”


The lives and times of the slightly strange characters in the world of a paper clip factory, who are caught in the flow of labor and capital just like all of us. Winner of the Dragons and Tigers Award of Vancouver International Film Festival in 2013 and Tiger Award of International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2014.
Akira Ikeda
In 2007, Akira Ikeda received Audience Award at Pia Film Festival for his feature film “Blue Monkey.” “Landscape to fly” has won Grand Prize at Fukaya Indies Film Festival in 2008. “Anatomy of a Paper Clip” (2013) won Dragon & Tiger Award at Vancouver International Film Festival, Grand Prize of Tiger Award at Rotterdam International Film Festival. He is currently participating “TKY2015”, a short film making project organized by Happy Tent.