Short films to get screen time in Sapporo

Sep 12, 2013

Short films to get screen time in Sapporo

The eighth annual Sapporo Short Fest received 3,746 submissions from 94 countries. Organizers have whittled that number down to 99 films that will screen during the competition. Featured directors for the Filmmaker’s program hail from Canada, Italy, New Zealand, Greece, South Korea and Japan. ...

Collection of American Zen koans for quiet contemplation

Aug 24, 2013

Collection of American Zen koans for quiet contemplation

American Zen Koan No. 96: A student once asked Zen teacher Steve Allen, “If you were given a wish-fulfilling jewel, what would you wish for?” ONE BIRD, ONE STONE: 108 Contemporary Zen Stories, by Sean Murphy. Hampton Roads Publishing, 2013, 288 pp., $17.95 (paperback) ...

Film helps heal A-bombing, and family, wounds

Aug 9, 2013

Film helps heal A-bombing, and family, wounds

In a poignant scene in the award-winning 2010 documentary “Atomic Mom,” filmmaker M.T. Silvia tells the story of Sadako Sasaki, a Hiroshima atomic bombing victim, as she presents 1,000 paper cranes to Silvia’s mother, Pauline, a former U.S. Navy biologist involved in radiation testing ...

A diary washed ashore opens up a world of multiple realities

Jul 13, 2013

A diary washed ashore opens up a world of multiple realities

A good read transcends into the eternal, melding the real now with a timeless present. Ruth Ozeki’s “A Tale for the Time Being” is all that and more: a quietly amazing achievement, a careful construct bridging quantum physics and the role of the reader/observer, ...

Mom who blogged about tsunami wants people to remember

Jul 5, 2013

Mom who blogged about tsunami wants people to remember

Stranded for three days after March 11, 2011, with her mother-in-law and young children on the second floor of their home near the industrial port of Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Naoko Nakayama fought panic by communicating the only way she could: scribbling on torn scraps ...

'New' Royal Ballet spans the frontiers of dance

Jul 4, 2013

'New' Royal Ballet spans the frontiers of dance

For the first time in three years, one of the world’s most esteemed ballet companies is bringing its talent to one of the world’s most appreciative audiences, as part of a tour that explores the parameters of dance. Britain’s Royal Ballet will present its ...