Essays on Curation

I started programming exhibitions of film in college. After getting a taste of film festival culture at the Hawai'i International Film Festival in 1988, I organizing events large and small ever since. I began to write about curation around the time film festival studies emerged as a sub-discipline of film studies.

  • “The Theater of a Thousand Years,” The Journal of the International Institute 4.2 (Winter 1997): 8-9. Download English Read in French
  • 「アメリカにおける公共上映の状況:ミシガン州、アーン・アーバーの場合」Network 7 (Winter 1998), 8-11.
  • “Nippon Connection’s Anti-Canon,” Midnight Eye (September 13, 2006). Download
  • “Interpreters With Attitude,” in Cinema Babel: Translating Global Cinema (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007). Download
  • “‘Why Not?’/‘Yarisugi’: The Yamagata Way,” Documentary Box 28 (October 2007): 12-15. Download
  • “Nichibei Eigasen: Then as Now,” Festival Report Special Edition: Supplement (Tokyo: Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, 2008), 15-16.
  • “Bulldozers, Bibles, and Very Sharp Knives: The Chinese Independent Documentary Scene,” Film Quarterly 63.1 (Fall 2009): 50-55. Download
  • “Yamagata—Asia—Europe: The International Film Festival Short-Circuit,” Oxford Handbook of Japanese Cinema, ed. Daisuke Miyao (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 251-268. Download
  • "Rambunctious Beyond the 6th Ring: Markus Nornes on BIFF," in Chinese Film Festivals Research Network (2013). Download
  • "Salute! A Festival That Asks 'What is Documentary?'" in Chinese Film Festivals Research Network (2014). Download
  • “Filmless Festivals and Dragon Seals: Independent Cinema in China,” Film Quarterly 72.3 (Spring 2019): 78-86. Download
  • “Time Traveling through Asian Documentary’s Pasts and Futures,” Chinese Independent Cinema Observer 1 (January 2021): 87-94. Download