Saturday, May 16, 2020

"The Wound and The Gift" - A Film Screening @Home MAY 16, 2020 w/Illustrations by Victo Ngai


A special film suitable for all ages, about an animal rescue program inspired by an ancient Japanese fable of a wounded crane.

From artist and illustrator Victo Ngai (all images in this post are by her):


I created artwork for a very special project back in 2014 called “The Wound and The gift” - a documentary exploring the relationship between animals and humans directed by Linda Hoaglund and narrated by Vanessa Redgrave

The narrative spine of the film is an animated ancient Japanese Fable about a wounded crane, saved by a couple of peasants, and attempts to express her gratitude with a gift. Scenes from the folklore are woven into real-life footage of rescued animals. As the fable and the film unfold, the question begs to be asked is - “who is saving who?” 

The @nikkeimuseum in Vancouver is hosting an online screen of the film throughout this week with a Zoom Q&A session this Sat (May 16). 
The link to the tickets ($5 suggested donation) is (below), 100% of the sales will benefit the museum’s activities. Please spread the word!

Here is the lovely trailer with sneak peeks of how the folktale and illustrations are woven in:

It's suitable for ALL ages (no worrisome footage to be concerned about!) and has lovely reviews regarding the cinematography, animation and the weaving together of stories. Here's one review, to give you an idea of the tone and how the project and folktale are woven together:
Saw this... at the Vancouver Film Festival, and it is spectacular. The cinematography is what drew me in from the trailer and I was not disappointed, and the stories unfold within the animated story of the Crane perfectly. And I really appreciated that it wasn't cluttered with information and stats. The film breathes slowly and elegantly. Highly recommended. (review by Saints Rescue)

About this Event

Film: Available for viewing at your leisure online May 9-17, 2020

Meet the director Linda Hoaglund online presentation of stunning still images from filming in beautiful Hokkaido, and a moderated Q&A session.
Saturday, May 16, 2pm PST | 5pm EST
The Wound and The Gift is a film about the animal rescue inspired by ancient Japanese fable about a wounded crane, saved by peasants, that attempts to express her gratitude with a gift - 鶴の恩返し. The fable is illustrated by Victo Ngai. The film is suitable for viewers of all ages. (83 minutes).
The film will be available on Vimeo, and the talk will be hosted on Zoom. 

Official Website:
Director: Linda Hoaglund
Narrator: Vanessa Redgrave
Ceinematographer: Kirsten Johnson
Animation Artist: Victo Ngai
Editor: William Lehman
Music: Satoshi Takeishi & Shoko Nagai
Animation: Joe Wu
Producer: Hashimoto Yoshiko & Maryanne Culpepper
Assistant Director: Takaaki Okada

See HERE for full illustrations, some storyboards & an animated scene preview.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Timeless Tales Release Hades & Persephone Collection

The wait is over! Timeless Tales Magazine is proud to present nine transformative twists about Hades & Persephone. From darkly haunting to quirkily humorous, there's something for everyone in this issue. Read the entire collection HERE.
Here are a few highlights showcasing how our writers reinvented this underworldly myth:
  • "On the Subject of Seeds": This story reverses the characters' roles and turns Persephone from helpless victim to the leader of the chase.
  • "The Mysteries of Eleusis": A young grad student discovers evidence that challenges everything the world thought they knew about Persephone's myth. But will historians take a folklorist seriously?
  • "The Tenth Planet": After years of isolation, the planet Persephone is pulled into Pluto's orbit and experiences the searing heat of the sun for the first time.
Here's a look at some of the covers:


These are just a few of the adventures awaiting you inside our latest issue. Enjoy the read and let us know which piece is your favorite!