Plastic Paper: KEIICHI TANAAMI RETROSPECTIVE

PLASTIC PAPER: WINNIPEG’S FESTIVAL OF ANIMATED, ILLUSTRATED + PUPPET FILM presents
KEIICHI TANAAMI film retrospective
Japan 1975-2009 | Presented in Association with Asian Heritage Month and Angura! Friday May 6th, 2011 – 9:30pm Park Theatre Admission $7

Keiichi Tanaami, born in 1936 in Tokyo, is one of the leading pop artists of postwar Japan, and has been active as multi-genre artist since the 60s as a graphic designer, illustrator, video artist and fine artist. Psychedelic, avant-garde, alluring and outrageous elements permeate Tanaami’s pieces, many of which have been the source of acclaim in films, art books, album covers and posters. In 1968 he traveled to the USA to work at Warhol’s Factory. Later he moved to San Francisco, where he got involved with the psychedelic movement, and in 1975 became the first Art Director of the Japanese Playboy magazine. His work has been compared to that of Tadanori Yokoo and Peter Max. 

This program contains a selection of Tanaami’s film work from 1975-2009, a breathtaking smorgasbboard of psychedelic Japanese animation sure to whet your appetite for more – and for those who want more, we will have on hand a few imported DVD+booklet sets from Carte Blanche in France, graciously sent to us by the folks at Angura! in Toronto, which contains all 14 of Tanaami’s short films.

About the author:

Kier-La Janisse

Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, founder of Spectacular Optical Publications and The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, co-founded Montreal microcinema Blue Sunshine, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival (1999-2005) in Vancouver, was the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012) and contributed to Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), Recovering 1940s Horror: Traces of a Lost Decade (Lexington, 2014) The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul (University of Toronto Press, 2015) and We Are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale (PS Press, 2017). She co-edited (with Paul Corupe) and published the anthology books KID POWER! (2014), Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s (2015), Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin (2017) and Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television (2017). She edited the book Warped & Faded: Weird Wednesday and the Birth of the American Genre Film Archive (forthcoming), and is currently co-authoring (with Amy Searles) the book ‘Unhealthy and Aberrant’: Depictions of Horror Fandom in Film and Television and co-curating (with Clint Enns) an anthology book on the films of Robert Downey, Sr., as well as writing a monograph about Monte Hellman’s Cockfighter. She was a producer on Mike Malloy’s Eurocrime: the Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the ’70s and Sean Hogan’s We Always Find Ourselves in the Sea and her first film as director/producer, Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror is due out from Severin Films in 2020.

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