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Kawamori, Arias, Pierrot CEO, Kelts to Speak in NY School

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Keio Academy of New York to host directors, scholar for summer teen program

The Keio Academy of New York has announced the guest speakers for its summer program on digital media creation for young teens: Macross and Escaflowne co-creator Shōji Kawamori (pictured at right), Tekkonkinkreet and Heaven's Door director Michael Arias (far right), Pierrot studio's founding CEO and animation director Yūji Nunokawa (below left), and Japanamerica author and The Daily Yomiuri columnist Roland Kelts (below). In previous years, some of the speakers appeared in person, and others interacted with the students via an experimental teleconference software from the Japanese telecommunications giant NTT.

The two-week program will take place from July 25 to August 8 at the academy's campus in the city of Purchase, 30 miles (about 50 kilometers) north of New York City. The bilingual program is open to 40 Japanese students and 40 American students between the ages of 13 to 15. Last year, the program included a hands-on video production workshop, fields trips to New York City, and language classes in both Japanese and English.

Keio Academy is affiliated with Keio University, a prestigious 151-year-old institution equivalent to America's Ivy League colleges. Kawamori himself attended Keio University with high school friends Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hiroshi Ohnogi; the three founded a Gundam anime club there and eventually left the university to create the first television anime series in the Macross science-fiction franchise.

Thank you to Peter Tatara for the news tip.

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