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The Giant Prawn at Ballina

95 And 6 To Go
Director Present

Directed by Kimi Takesue
Screening Date: March 1, 2017
7:30PM, 137 Isenberg SOM


New England Premiere

(2016, dir Kimi Takesue, USA, 86 min)
Filmmaker Kimi Takesue captures the cadence of daily life for her grandfather, a retired postal worker born to Japanese immigrants to Hawai’i in the 1910s, in this collaborative inquiry into mortality and the construction of a personal narrative with memories that span almost a century. Shot over six years in Honolulu, this intimate meditation on absence and family expands the vernacular of the “home movie” to consider how history is accumulated in the everyday and how sparks of humor and creativity can animate an ordinary life.


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.


Shot over six years in Honolulu, this intimate meditation on absence and family expands the vernacular of the “home movie” to consider how history is accumulated in the everyday and how sparks of humor and creativity can animate an ordinary life.
Introduction by Shawn Shimpach, Interdepartmental Film Studies Program at UMass Amherst.

The director will be present.


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.



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