Hirabayashi's '663114' Anime Short to Screen at Sundance
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Isamu Hirabayashi's "663114" anime short will screen at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, which will take place January 19 - 29 in Park City, Utah. The festival's press release provides the following description for the "International Animated Short Films" category contender: "I am a 66-year-old cicada. There was a big earthquake. There was a big tsunami. There also was a big accident."
The 7-minute "663114" short responds to Japan's March 11 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster. The anime film screened at the 68th Venice Film Festival in September and at the 2011 Vancouver International Film Festival in October.
Ken Murakami was the production's art director while Hideo Kusumi and Midori Kurata voice acted in the anime short. Director Hirabayashi's previous short films include "Shikasha," "Aramaki," and "A Story Constructed of 17 Pieces of Space and 1 Maggot."
Hirabayashi as well as Takashi Watanabe and Keitaro Iijima, the short's sound team, discussed their involvement with the film at a September press event for the Venice Film Festival.