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Dai Sato Hosts Five Numbers at NYC's Films for Hope Fest

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Goda's Komaneko: The Curious Cat, Ishida's rain town, Kato's La Maison en Petits Cubes, more also to be shown

Films for Hope, a charity film festival for those affected by the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster, will welcome writer Dai Sato (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eureka 7, Freedom Project) as a guest during the September 11 event. The festival will show the Five Numbers! anime which Sato wrote. Sato plans to speak at a panel about his personal efforts to help those impacted by the quake as well as its potential effects on the animation industry.

The festival is curated by Production I.G alumni Justin Leach. He spent approximately three years in Japan working as a CG creator at Production I.G. He currently works at Blue Sky Studios as a rigging supervisor and is a member of Japan Society's U.S.-Japan Innovators Network.

Other films include Happy Bogeys 1-8 by Takashi Kurihara, Komaneko: The Curious Cat by Tsuneo Goda (creator of Domo-kun), rain town by Hiroyasu Ishida, Kung Fu Cooking Girls by Jin-Roh, La Maison en Petits Cubes by Kunio Katō and the premiere of La Luna by Pixar Animation.

The festival is a joint initiative of the Film Program and the U.S.-Japan Innovators Network. 50 percent of all proceeds will go to Japan Society's Earthquake Relief Fund. Tickets for each program are US$7-10 for Japan Society members, students, and seniors. An all-day pass is US$24-34 for Japan Society members, students & seniors.

The event takes place from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Japan Society in New York City.

Sentai Filmworks announced earlier this month that it licensed Five Numbers! along with Sunrise's Coicent for North America.

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