• Film Screening & Talk: “Bees, The Earth & Me” with Apiarist Yasuki Funahashi

    CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing)

    $20.00

    CRS invites you to a screening of Japanese documentary “Bees, the Earth, and Me” (dir. by Yasuko Iwasaki, 2018, 30′ in Japanese with English subtitles) and talk by its central figure, environmental researcher, beekeeper and TedxAnjo presenter Yasuki Funahashi, who launched a remarkable campaign to save the bees and, maybe, humanity as well. Masae Fujimoto will serve as interpreter for the talk. Tickets are $20 and are available online, by phone [masked]), and at CRS. Ticket link: https://bit.ly/2KbdHt5 It’s said that we owe 70% of the food we eat to pollination by bees. A bee visits up to 3000 flowers in a single day and makes only one teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. Bees play an important role in sustaining forests and marine life becomes more abundant due to the bountiful forests. Now, bee colonies are collapsing all over the world. If bees become extinct, the food chain will collapse and humans may not be able to produce enough food survive. By caring for the bees, we can care for everyone. Cast: Yasuki Funahashi, Masanao Funahashi, Tatsutaka Yamamoto, Gilles Djeraouane Shigeatsu Hatakeyama, Tadashi Inamoto, Keiko Nakamura, and others Producer : E・E Project Yasuki Funahashi, an apiarist, used to be president of a research institute for environmental issues. He gave lots of lectures, but he could not see any real progress in safeguarding the environment. People’s minds are away from Nature and have become exhausted by stress. One day he encountered the honey bee colony collapse issue. He felt as if he had been struck by lightning. He realized that if bees can happily live on the earth, then that is also a place humans can peacefully live. He founded Honey Farm. He demonstrated bee education by raising honey bees at Higashiyama Botanical Garden and Zoo (Nagoya) and during Aichi Expo 2005. His honey was prized as the most delicious honey in the world by a French honey specialist. Since then he has been vigorously trying to solve the world food crisis by preventing honey bee extinction, establishing partnerships with the Paris Opera House, and with beekeepers and artists around the world. Director Yasuko Iwasaki is the president of Heart of Miracle, incorporated non-profit organization; a coaching facilitator; and a film producer. She established the E・E project with Mr. Takahiro Ono to create documentary films for empowering people. She met Ms. Fumiko Irie and helped her to create a film “Miracle of The Gifted Quarter – Life’s Truth Revealed”. Over 120 thousand people watched the film by the end of 2011. The film has been shown by volunteers in non-profit screenings, and it is further extending through out the world. In 2008 she directed and completed a film “The Universal Principle – How Everything is Created with Love”. In order to distribute those films, she established an incorporated non-profit organization, Heart of Miracle. In addition to film distribution, she wishes to create opportunities for people to communicate mutually through films. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=D0ifsC4q5Xg

  • Film Screening & Talk: “Bees, The Earth & Me” with Apiarist Yasuki Funahashi

    CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing)

    $20.00

    CRS invites you to a screening of Japanese documentary “Bees, the Earth, and Me” (dir. by Yasuko Iwasaki, 2018, 30′ in Japanese with English subtitles) and talk by its central figure, environmental researcher, beekeeper and TedxAnjo presenter Yasuki Funahashi, who launched a remarkable campaign to save the bees and, maybe, humanity as well. Masae Fujimoto will serve as interpreter for the talk. Tickets are $20 and are available online, by phone [masked]), and at CRS. Ticket link: https://bit.ly/2KbdHt5 It’s said that we owe 70% of the food we eat to pollination by bees. A bee visits up to 3000 flowers in a single day and makes only one teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. Bees play an important role in sustaining forests and marine life becomes more abundant due to the bountiful forests. Now, bee colonies are collapsing all over the world. If bees become extinct, the food chain will collapse and humans may not be able to produce enough food survive. By caring for the bees, we can care for everyone. Cast: Yasuki Funahashi, Masanao Funahashi, Tatsutaka Yamamoto, Gilles Djeraouane Shigeatsu Hatakeyama, Tadashi Inamoto, Keiko Nakamura, and others Producer : E・E Project Yasuki Funahashi, an apiarist, used to be president of a research institute for environmental issues. He gave lots of lectures, but he could not see any real progress in safeguarding the environment. People’s minds are away from Nature and have become exhausted by stress. One day he encountered the honey bee colony collapse issue. He felt as if he had been struck by lightning. He realized that if bees can happily live on the earth, then that is also a place humans can peacefully live. He founded Honey Farm. He demonstrated bee education by raising honey bees at Higashiyama Botanical Garden and Zoo (Nagoya) and during Aichi Expo 2005. His honey was prized as the most delicious honey in the world by a French honey specialist. Since then he has been vigorously trying to solve the world food crisis by preventing honey bee extinction, establishing partnerships with the Paris Opera House, and with beekeepers and artists around the world. Director Yasuko Iwasaki is the president of Heart of Miracle, incorporated non-profit organization; a coaching facilitator; and a film producer. She established the E・E project with Mr. Takahiro Ono to create documentary films for empowering people. She met Ms. Fumiko Irie and helped her to create a film “Miracle of The Gifted Quarter – Life’s Truth Revealed”. Over 120 thousand people watched the film by the end of 2011. The film has been shown by volunteers in non-profit screenings, and it is further extending through out the world. In 2008 she directed and completed a film “The Universal Principle – How Everything is Created with Love”. In order to distribute those films, she established an incorporated non-profit organization, Heart of Miracle. In addition to film distribution, she wishes to create opportunities for people to communicate mutually through films. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=D0ifsC4q5Xg

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  • Screening: “The Readings” documentary about Psychic Edgar Cayce

    CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing)

    $15.00

    CRS invites you to the NYC premiere of the Japanese documentary “The Readings” about the life and work of Edgar Cayce, called the “sleeping prophet,” the “father of holistic medicine,” and the most documented psychic of the 20th century. THE READINGS 2018 | 96’ directed by Tetsu Shiratori in Japanese with English subtitles Screenings will take place at 1 pm (sold out) and 4 pm on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Tickets are $15 cash at the door, and reservations can be made by writing to [masked]. Please arrive a few minutes early. Seats will not be held after curtain time. View the trailer: https://youtu.be/y7awwXv8e0s Cayce was born on a farm in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, in 1877, and his psychic abilities began to appear as early as his childhood. As an adult, Cayce would put himself into a state of meditation, connecting with the universal consciousness and from this state, came his “readings”. From holistic health and the treatment of illness to dream interpretation and reincarnation, Cayce’s readings and insights offer practical help and advice to individuals from all walks of life, even today. — edgarcayce.org Japanese director Tetsu Shiratori first learned about Cayce’s life and work at the Edgar Cayce Center in Tokyo, one of the largest international affiliates of Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.). Shiratori’s discovery of the astonishing Cayce health remedies for diabetes, rheumatism, psoriasis, and more, led to his desire to make this film and bring these teachings to a larger audience. Tetsu interviewed many people both in the U.S. and in Japan who testified to the value of the Cayce readings. “Tetsu’s movies always deliver such important messages for the world and they are so touching.” — Michiko Hayashi, International Ambassador and Global Director of the Emoto Peace Project in Tokyo Tetsu’s body of film works includes: Stone Age (2005), Soul Education (2008), The Era of Fasting (2010), INORI – Prayer – Conversation with Something Great (2012), Revival (2015), and The Readings (2018). Learn more at OfficeTetsuShiratori.com.

  • SHIROYAMI ~White Darkness~

    Anthology Film Archives

    Please join us for a screening of "Shiroyami" an engaging new doc from Japan about recovery from addiction. This screens is a part of the first Nippon America Discovery Film Festival (NADf2) presented by Nippon America Discovery Committee at the Anthology Film Archives (AFA) this weekend! A live version of this story was previously presented at CRS and we are delighted to support this incarnation. https://www.nadf2.com NADf2 is produced in part by Hiroshi Kono of Mar Creation, Inc., who has curated a number of concerts and film screenings at CRS over the years and who also produces the excellent Japan CineFest at Asia Society every year.NADf2 focuses on Japanese documentary films and introduces films that depict and capture real Japan. The film festival will take place at AFA in the East Village, New York City, in November 16 and 17, 2018. SHIROYAMI ~White Darkness~ Director: Masabumi Uchiya / Drama / 115min. / 2017 / Japan Cast: Saku Momose, Ryota Ozawa, Kuniharu Tokunaga, Asami Shinohara, Tamehiro Muata, Kengo Yokozeki, Jyuri, Eri Mitsutou, Yuto Nagayoshi Date: Friday, November 16, 2018 Show: 6:30PM Venue: Anthology Film Archives Address: 32 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003 (@ 2nd Street) Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3819182 Description: Shun starts seeing hallucinations in the shape of “white devil.” A ray of light shines through the darkness... Shun and his family begin the long and slow path to recovery... Synopsis: Shun is introduced to marijuana by his brother, Masa, a casual drug user. After being arrested for pot smoking, Shun spends a few nights in prison and meets his cellmate, a drug dealer who drags Shun into the drug business and subsequent heavy drug use. Shun then begins to show the effects of drugs including the loss of physical and mental senses, and starts seeing hallucinations in the shape of “white devil.” Now a legitimate drug addict, Shun is admitted to a mental hospital where his condition, through a heavy usage of tranquilizers, becomes worse. Just when the family is about give up on Shun, a ray of light shines through the darkness ‒ The encounter with a former drug addict who has established a drug rehab center to help fellow drug addicts stay away from the white devil’s temptation and set their feet in the real world once again. Shun and his family begin the long and slow path to recovery...

  • Reversing Roe film screening

    CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing)

    NARAL has organized an advanced screening of the new documentary Netflix (will) release to show us what can happen if Roe is reversed and how has the government been taking away our reproductive rights. Participants will be writing postcards to ANY SENATOR who has not said they will vote NO. (Aka Murkowski and Collins etc). It's important to make sure we are flooding their mail boxes and making sure they know Roe is more popular than Kava-NOPE! Light food and beverages will be provided - you're encouraged to bring your own food. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihN7DR1Ce6g&feature=youtu.be

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  • Free Program: Executive Order 9066 and America’s WWII Era Concentration Camps

    CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing)

    On February 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) invites you to join us for a free program on the Day of Remembrance to reflect on the 76th anniversary of the signing by President Franklin D. Roosevelt of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the Secretary of War to prescribe certain areas as military zones, clearing the way for the mass forced incarceration of Japanese Americans in U.S. concentration camps. The program will include presentations by MoustacheCat Dance, internment camp photographer and NY Day of Remembrance Committee member Stan Honda, and Megumi Eda of Yoshiko Chuma and The school of Hard Knocks [SOHK]. Additional speakers may be added. 2018 is also the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, the legislation that provided a formal apology from the US government and monetary reparations to survivors of the forced evacuation and mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. MoustacheCat Dance will present a short excerpt of its work-in-progress “Freedom isn’t Free,” an evening length work that explores the biased reactions that resulted in the interning of tens of thousands of American residents and citizens during World War II. The work also reflects on current biased reactions to people of various races, religions, and ethnicities in the United States. The excerpt that we will see expresses Japanese Americans’ struggle to resist anti-Japanese American agitation and laws that called for their imprisonment. Stan Honda will present images from a new book, Moving Walls: The Barracks of America’s Concentration Camps (available for order from the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles) that was done in collaboration with author Sharon Yamato and will preview the New York Day of Remembrance Committees’ Feb. 24 program. https://www.facebook.com/events/187023051880314/ Yoshiko Chuma and The school of Hard Knocks will show about 15 minutes of video consisting of several sequences created by Megumi Eda using footage from her time with SOHK and additional recent documentation of SOHK work in Las Vegas related to the National Atomic Testing Musuem. Following tonight’s screening, Eda will share her experiences making this work. MoustacheCat Dance has been working on “Freedom isn’t Free” since 2014. The work originated as a short solo dedicated to Japanese Americans who were sent to the camps. Currently, the company is in the process expanded it into an evening-length group piece to inspire audiences, through dance, to think about how we can make this world a better place together. The full work will premiere May 10 – 12, 2018 at University Settlement in NYC. Yoshiko Chuma and the School of Hard Knocks in NYC has continued seeking and creating visible and invisible performances for more than 40 years. You may check out their history on The School of Hard Knocks web site. Dancer/choreographer/filmmaker Megumi Eda, a new core member of The School of Hard Knocks since 2014, has been filming much of the company’s work and editing the footage into unique creations. More on the Internment from wikipedia.com: “...Approximately 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry were evicted from the West Coast of the United States and held in American concentration camps and other confinement sites across the country.” Learn more: http://bit.ly/2FZ4YX4 FREE (donations welcome!) but space is limited!

  • Film Screening: Shorts by Chris Fiore

    CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing)

  • “Goodwoman” & “The Red Umbrella Diaries”

    CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing)

    Please join us for a FREE screening of two documentary films by Chris Fiore. The program will include a Q&A with the filmmaker. Ms Goodman from "Goodwoman" and Ceyenne from "The Red Umbrella Diaries" are also expected to participate. Did I say admission is free?! "Goodwoman" tells the story of Debra Goodman, an activist wrongfully arrested by the NYPD for filming the police, and her attempts at justice in suing the city and insuring that all New Yorkers have the right to film the police. The film was featured in several festivals and was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the Los Angeles Film Invasion Festival of 2016. The second film of the evening will be the provocative Red Umbrella Diaries, another film festival favorite that features the stories of seven New York sex workers. "Goodman" Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkSp-3nO7Jk "The Red Umbrella Diaries" Trailer: undefined The Red Umbrella Diaries - Official Trailer - 2015 (https://vimeo.com/108007836) from Free Association (https://vimeo.com/freeassociationfilm) on Vimeo (https://vimeo.com). Profile, Sailor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTyjvq0D-kQ&list=PLG707OCY7JyzzB1c4JE_xuPGaV1wZDFr1&index=5 About Director Chris Fiore Filmmaker, writer, and artist Chris Fiore, born 1959 in Norfolk, Virginia, received his BFA from Antioch College in 1984. In the late 80’s he was one of the founders of the Zone, a artist collective occupying an abandoned warehouse at 104 South 4th St, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Fiore showed at the East Village’s KOAP gallery in the early 90’s and in 1995 directed the underground documentary Trip and Go Naked, winner of the Excellence in Sexual Theater award at Arlene’s Grocery Picture Show. He went on to direct the feature documentary Backstage for Miramax, a behind the scenes look at Jay Z’s Hard Knock Life Tour. The film had a profitable run in theaters and is still occasionally in rotation on the Showtime network 17 years after it was made. Fiore has also directed documentaries on the making of the Victoria’s Secret Christmas Catalog, the band Paramore, as well as two prime time specials for Fox Television. His most recent documentary, Goodwoman, tells the story of Debra Goodman, an activist brutally arrested for filming the NYPD. Featured in several film festivals, Goodwoman won the Grand Jury Award at the 2016 LA Film Invasion film festival. He’s currently directing a documentary and web series on artist Ken Hiratsuka. Fiore’s first feature film script, The Utopia Virus, was a finalist in the Final Draft Big Break Competition, garnering him representation and a Hollywood roller coaster ride as the directors Darron Aronofsky, Tony Scott, and Renny Harlin considered making the film. He also wrote the Wassup Obama ad, described by Salon.com as one of the most creative of the 2008 presidential campaign and winner of a Cannes Lion. He’s currently working on a series of film treatments for a Beijing based production company. Fiore’s film work has directly influenced his art over the years, in his use of appropriated imagery, presentation of sequential images, and in the cinematically dynamic composition of his mosaic photography. Fiore is represented by the Ethan Pettit Gallery. http://chrisfiore.com http://pairofpictures.tumblr.com http://metaedit.tumblr.com

  • Daichi’s Flowers Are Blooming — NYC Premiere!

    CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing)

    CRS invites you to the NYC premiere screening of the Japanese doc “Daichi’s Flowers Are Blooming.” This film showcases an innovative organic farm in Hokkaido, Japan. It is also the story of a family tragedy transformed into a loving prayer for the future. The screening will take place July 2, 2017 at 1:15 pm in the White Room at CRS, and tickets are $15 cash at the door. https://youtu.be/HZ1hy10SmcQ DAICHI’S FLOWERS ARE BLOOMING dir. by Yasuko Iwasaki • 2016 • Japan • 95′ documentary in Japanese w/ English subtitles Every morning the workers of Sasaki Farm begin the day by affirming, “We will circulate love and joy!” The workers talk to the vegetables and the vegetables listen: “How are you? Thank you.” This farm uses no agrichemicals or fertilizers. Bugs and weeds are accepted. The farm’s operation used to generate a lot of stress and conflict within its owner’s family. Finally ready to abandon the farm, the family was struck by a greater tragedy. Their son, Daichi, suddenly passed away. With his final words, he vowed to protect his family. The family began questioning how they were living and how to make sense of their son’s passing. His name, Daichi, means ground. They decided to remain close to the earth and not only keep the farm but greet the ground and plants that grow in it everyday to say I love you and thank you to their son. Director Yasuko Iwasaki is a film director and producer, a coaching facilitator, and the president of Heart of Miracle, an incorporated non-profit organization in Japan. She established the E・E project with Mr. Takahiro Ono to create documentary films for empowering people. She met Ms. Fumiko Irie and helped her to create the film “Miracle of The Gifted Quarter – Life’s Truth Revealed.” Over 120,000 people watched the film by the end of 2011. The film has been shown by volunteers in non-profit screenings, and it is further extending through out the world. In 2008 she directed and completed a film “The Universal Principle – How Everything is Created with Love.” In order to distribute those films, she established Heart of Miracle. In addition to film distribution, she wishes to create opportunities for people to communicate mutually through films. "It is love that can make miracles. It is a source of infinite power which sits deep in everyone’s heart."

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  • Blazing a New Trail doc screening

    CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing)

    BLAZING A NEW TRAIL dir. by Yasuko Iwasaki • 2013 • Japan • 90′ documentary Toshiya Miyata, who is called Miyapu, suffered a brainstem hemorrhage. He was supposed to remain in a state of locked-in syndrome and not regain consciousness and he would never move, like in a vegetative state. But he is gradually recovering with the help of his friends. We have not recognized many possibilities yet. I believe this film encourages a lot of people. Despair turns into hope. The hope starts playing beautiful symphonies. https://youtu.be/eJrjL12IA-s Katsuko Yamamoto Films, Lectures & Dinner Reception Katsuko “Kakko-chan” Yamamoto, the subject of the documentary film, “Miracle of the Gifted Quarter,” is coming to New York to give lectures and present her films at “The Kakko-chan Festival.” While “Miracle of the gifted Quarter” has had showings many times at CRS and in NY, Kakko-chan will introduce some of her other films, along with accompanying lectures. Kakko-chan was trained as a special education teacher, and she is someone who can easily connect with each student to find their abilities and draw them out. She was loved by all children in the school and inspired them to return that feeling, to give that love back to her. On the train one day, she encountered a scene where a Yakuza (Japanese mafia) was threatening people. She went to the Yakuza, hugged him and said to him “Don’t be afraid anymore. You’re gonna be alright.” Since then he has kept in touch with Kakko-chan. Her unconventional love embraces everyone. Please come to meet Kakko-chan, and enjoy her talk and speak with her! Payment Method: PAYPAL or Check Contact: [masked] or[masked] 5/13 Saturday 1:00pm Film “Blazing A New Trail” $20 3:00pm Lecture by Katsuko yamamoto / Recovering from Locked-In Syndrome Project$30 Dinner Reception with Kakko-chan Empire State building 75F 5/13 Saturday 7:00pm  $65 Catering by Tama’s Kitchen Please make a reservation by May 7th with your full name and full payment. Without the full-name reservation, the Empire State Building security will not allow you to enter the 75th floor. 5/14 Sunday 1:00pm Film “Miracle of the Gifted Quarter” $15 2:20pm Film “The Universal Principle” $20 4:15pm Lecture by Katsuko Yamamo $30 Katsuko Yamamoto was born in Kanazawa in 1957. After graduating from the Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, University of Toyama, she has been working at special needs schools in Ishikawa Prefecture. The message, in her books and talks, is filled with love and affection, and is spreading through out Japan. It touched not only children’s hearts but also adults who had been closing their hearts and minds. It also worked wonders to these people who have opened their hearts. The documentary film “The Miracle of the Gifted Quarter – Life’s Truth Revealed -” is the film about her activities. This film has been shown by volunteers in more than 1000 places including 14 different countries so far. She is creating warm relationships with readers of the mail magazine called “Miyapu Diary – the Bridge Between Our Hearts” which is sent to the readers every day. Her publications from Sango Kan (Publisher) are “Honto no Koto Dakara (Because it is the Truth)”, “Yuuki-kun no Umi (Little Boy Yuuki’s Ocean)”, “Majo Mona no Monogatari (The Story of Mona the Witch)”; from Arisu Kan (Publisher) “Kii-chan (Kii-chan)”; from Sunmark Shuppan (Publisher) “Te o Tsunageba Atatakai (When You are Connected, it is Warm)”; and many more. MIRACLE OF THE GIFTED QUARTER dir. by Fumiko Irie • 2007 • Japan w/ English subtitles • 65′ documentary Katsuko Yamamoto who was a teacher of physically and mentaly challenged children discusses some of her wonderful experiences with these children. There is also commentary from authorities on archeology, medicine, and other sciences. Although we tend to think of physical and mental impairments as handicaps, this film tells us that all of these limitations actually have a very special purpose for everyone. Every person exists because he or she is needed. This heartfelt documentary tells us about these truths, and the beauty of all life. THE UNIVERSAL PRINCIPLE ~How everything is created in love~ dir. by Yasuko Iwasaki • 2009 • Japan w/ English subtitles • 96′ documentary Why do flowers know the time to bloom? Why can a pupa become a butterfly properly? How does the rain fall, how and why … … While chasing that wonder I started to think that there was a “promise” behind everything “Promise” makes us to encounter Focusing on an interview with Kako-chan “What is to live” “What is death” I will approach the secret of the universe

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