Directed by Kimi Takesue
Screening Date: March 1, 2017
7:30PM, 137 Isenberg SOM
In 95 and 6 to Go, a resilient widower’s memories become intertwined with the fictional screenplay his granddaughter is writing, revealing the fine line between life and art, rumination and imagination. Filmmaker Kimi Takesue captures the cadence of daily life for Grandpa Tom, a retired postal worker born to Japanese immigrants to Hawai’i in the 1910’s. Amidst the solitude of his home routines - coupon clipping, rigging an improvised barbecue, lighting firecrackers on the New Year - we glimpse an unexpectedly rich inner life. As his granddaughter queries his history of love and loss, a stalled film project becomes a collaborative inquiry into mortality and how one constructs a personal narrative with memories that span almost a century.
Kimi Takesue is an award-winning filmmaker and the recipient of the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Filmmaking. In 2010, she was awarded her second artist fellowship from the New York Foundation in the Arts in the category of Video. Her films WHERE ARE YOU TAKING ME (2010), SUSPENDED (2009), E=nyc2 (2005), SUMMER OF THE SERPENT (2004), HEAVEN'S CROSSROAD (2002), ROSEWATER (1999) and BOUND (1995) have been televised in the U.S. and have screened at over 200 film festivals and museums, including the Sundance Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, New Directors/ New Films, Locarno International, London's Institute of Contemporary Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Takesue's films have aired on PBS, the Independent Film Channel, and the Sundance Channel.