The Kennedy Center Presents A Marathon of Anime Premieres

Genius Party Premieres
February 15-16, 2008
Genius Party (US Premiere) February 15, 2008
Genius Party Beyond (World Premiere) February 16, 2008
A Marathon of Anime Premieres
February 17, 2008
5 Centimeters Per Second (East Coast Premiere)
The Piano Forest (North American Premiere)
Appleseed: Ex Machina (East Coast Premiere)

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Kennedy Center will present a series of anime
screenings with Genius Party Premieres and A Marathon of Anime Premieres from
February 15 – February 17, 2008 in the Family Theater. Genius Party
Premieres are original works created by Japan's leading artists in the anime
field chosen by Director and Genius Party Executive Producer Eiko Tanaka.
Genius Party will make its U.S. premiere on February 15, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
Genius Party Beyond will make its world premiere on February 16, 2008 at 7:30
p.m. A Marathon of Anime Premieres on February 17, 2008 consists of three new
anime features to be shown separately. This screening marathon includes: 5
Centimeters Per Second (East Coast Premiere) at 11 a.m., The Piano Forest
(North American Premiere) at 1:15 p.m., and Appleseed: Ex Machina (East Coast
Premiere) at 3:30 p.m. These anime film premieres are part of the Center's
two-week long festival, JAPAN! culture + hyperculture.
Anime is the face of 21st-century Japan and this event showcases the power and
imagination of the art form to audiences' amazement. Eiko Tanaka, President
of Studio 4°C and producer of the Genius Party, said, “Human beings need to
express themselves. We compiled works filled with strong desire for
expression.” Genius Party Premieres feature directors Atsuko Fukushima,
Shoji Kawamori, Shinji Kimura, Yoji Fukuyama, Hideki Futamura, Masaaki Yuasa,
Shinichiro Watanabe, Mahiro Maeda, Koji Morimoto, Kazuto Nakazawa, Shinya
Ohira, and Tatsuyuki Tanaka. Following its showing at the Kennedy Center, the
Genius Party Premieres will then tour to major film festivals throughout the
A Marathon of Anime Premieres includes the East Coast premieres of 5
Centimeters Per Second (11 a.m.) and Appleseed Ex Machina (3:30 p.m.), as well
as the North American premiere of The Piano Forest (1:15 p.m.). Directed by
Makoto Shinkai, 5 Centimeters Per Second consists of three independent shorts
that follow a boy in Tokyo from the first half of the 1990s into the present.
Produced by Hong Kong action legend John Woo, Appleseed Ex Machina is based on
the popular manga by Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell) and is directed by
Shinji Aramaki, who will also introduce the film. The Piano Forest, directed
by Masayuki Kojima and adapted from Makoto Isshiki's 3.5 million-copy-selling
manga, revolves around two boy prodigies and a solitary piano hidden in the

JAPAN! culture + hyperculture
The Kennedy Center's international festival JAPAN! culture + hyperculture
showcases the richness and diversity of the arts of Japan—the traditional and
classical to the contemporary and cutting-edge—from February 5-17, 2008. The
two-week festival brings together 467 artists from 17 different performing
companies in 47 performances of music, dance and theater, including 15
premieres, on six stages, as well as five robots and a dozen free events
including five exhibits featuring visual arts, design, fashion, film, and
Ticket Information
Tickets for Genius Party are $25. Tickets for Genius Party Beyond are $25.
Tickets for A Marathon of Anime Premieres are $15 per film. Tickets may be
purchased at the Kennedy Center Box Office or by calling Instant Charge at
(202) 467-4600. Those patrons living outside the Washington metropolitan
calling area may dial toll-free at (800) 444-1324 or visit our website at

JAPAN! culture + hyperculture is presented with the generous support of
Presenting Underwriter the HRH Foundation and Presenting Sponsor Morgan

ANA is the Official Airline of JAPAN! culture + hyperculture.

Additional support is provided by The Festival Honorary Committee,
Aruze Corp., Amway Corporation, and Toyota.

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