A Note From Jeff Purdue About The Master of Asian Cinema Series

FlowingI hope everyone had a good summer. As you’ll note from the subject line, I’m now promoting a new film series called Masters of Asian Cinema. As I announced at the final film last year, the Masters of Japanese Cinema series is going to transform to have a broader focus. Why this change in focus? I’ve become increasingly excited by the films coming out of other countries in Asia, including Japan.

Twenty-Four-EyesFar from living in a time of the death of cinema, as some film writers seem to love to claim, we’re in a golden age of film, though you might have to haunt film festivals and other out of the way places in order to find the good stuff. And that’s just what this series aims to do – to bring several films to town during the course of the year that might otherwise not come here. We’ll also program some older titles that are newly available or otherwise under the radar. For example, in January we’ll be screening King Hu’s legendary martial arts epic A Touch of Zen, which has been out of circulation for many years and is recently restored in a glorious new print. As with the Masters of Japanese Cinema series, we will have local scholars and community members with a connection to film introducing these films before each screening.

woman-of-tokyoA list of the titles for this year is below my name. We will have three recent films from the People’s Republic of China, one from the modern master Jia Zhangke and two debut features. We will have one film by South Korean auteur Hong Songsoo, and the Taiwanese classic mentioned above, A Touch of Zen. We have two just-released films from Japan, and a lesser-known classic from Studio Ghibli. And, we will open with a documentary (about which more below).

I will say more about each film the week or so before they are screened. See you soon!

Jeff Purdue

  • December 6: Right Now, Wrong Then (dir. Hong Songsoo, South Korea, 2015)
  • January: A Touch of Zen (dir. King Hu, Taiwan, 1971)
  • February: Kaili Blues (dir. Bi Gan, China, 2015)
  • March: Creepy (dir. Kurosawa Kiyoshi, Japan, 2016)
  • April: Old Stone (dir. Johnny Ma, China, 2016)
  • May: Harmonium (dir. Fukada Koji, Japan, 2016)
  • June: Pom Poko (dir. Takahata Isao, Japan, 1994)

Also, as with the Japanese film series, Masters of Asian Cinema is a cooperative venture between the Libraries at Western Washington University and Pickford Film Center.

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Bellingham Sister Cities Video – It’s All About World Peace

Bellingham Sister Cities Association Board Member Lauren McClanahan recently produced a video about the history and goals of the Association and the City of Bellingham.

Featuring Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville, this video explores the experiences of some of its members and what the Bellingham Sister Cities Association hopes to achieve.

 

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Chamber Music, Artists, Auction And Great Food – Sign Up Today For The 2016 BSCA Annual Fundraiser

prague-orchestra-tourCome join us in a celebration of the diversity of cultures, listen to the beautiful sounds of the North Stars Chamber Orchestra, enjoy the artwork produced by Artists with Disabilites from our seven sister cities and dine on a meal for vegetarians, beef eaters and seafood lovers.

In addition to the great food that is being produced by the expert chef’s and culinary students at BTC, the Board of the Bellingham Sister Cities has obtained some great auction items that you will be able to bid on and take home, including a private concert with the North Stars Chamber Orchestra.

This will be a special evening, featuring food, brief international videos, music and artwork from our seven Sister Cites , and our silent auction. Remember, this will be held at Settlemyer Hall in the Campus Center Building at Bellingham Technical College, October 22, 2016 from 6:00-9:00. Doors will open at 5:30.

You can register by clicking here, or you can link to the registration from our home page on the upcoming events on the right side. Even if you cannot make it, please consider a donation to help your Bellingham Sister Cities continue its programs!

 

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BSCA 777 Dinner Fundraiser

Roast Salmon

Roast Salmon

BSCA 777 Fundraiser Dinner is a great opportunity to celebrate diversity of cultures, while enjoying a delicious dinner. Vegetarians, beef eaters and seafood lovers will all be honored equally!  The Bellingham Technical College will be preparing the following menu:  Fruit Salad (Waldorf Style), Arcadia Greens Mix Salad w/ two dressings, Greek Salad, Italian Black Rice, Roasted Seasonal Veggies, Scallop Potatoes, Baron of Beef, sautéed onions & mushroom, slider buns and au jus sauce, Carved Salmon (Wild Alaskan – Roasted Cedar  Salmon), served with a maple drizzle, assorted                                                                              fruit tartlets served with a la mode/whipped cream.

Not only will your taste buds be satiated, but your eyes will feast upon artwork art-image-03created by both local and international artists with disabilities. Their art will be on display during the special fund raising event: Seven Cities, Seven Cultures, Seven Challenges. Artists will have the option of either selling a piece of artwork, or allowing their art work to be on display.

This will be a special evening, featuring food, brief international videos, music and artwork from our seven Sister Cites , as well as a silent auction.  Remember, this will be held at Settlemyer Hall in the Campus Center Building at Bellingham Technical College, October 22, 2016 from 6:00-9:00.  Doors will open at 5:30.

You can register by clicking here, or you can link to the registration from our home page on the upcoming events on the right side.  Even if you cannot make it, please consider a donation to help your Bellingham Sister Cities continue its programs!

 

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Please Join Your Fellow Members Of Bellingham Sister Cities For Our 2016 Annual Fundraiser

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Artwork from the 2015 SISU Children’s Fund Artists With Disabilities Dinner

Come join us and the SISU Children’s Fund for an evening recognizing each of our Sister Cities, enjoy the artwork that is being produced by Artists With Disabilities from our countries and take advantage of the opportunity to purchase items from our auction.  100% of all procedes will be used for Bellingham Sister Cities Association projects.

This will be a special evening, featuring food, music and artwork from our seven Sister Cites and will be held at Settlemyer Hall in the Campus Center Building at Bellingham Technical College, October 22, 2016 from 6:00-9:00.  Doors will open at 5:30.

You can register by clicking here, or you can link to the registration from our home page on the upcoming events on the right side.  Even if you cannot make it, please consider a donation to help your Bellingham Sister Cities continue its programs!

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Come Join Your 2016 Lynda Hinton Windermere Real Estate Sister Cities Ski to Sea Team!

Lynda Hinton WindermereMeet the 2016 Lynda Hinton Windermere Sister Cities Ambassadors Ski to Sea Team!  Thanks to Lynda Hinton, Managing Broker at Windermere Real Estate as team sponsor we will have a true international team. Additional financial support has been provided by Saturna Capital, Bellingham Cold Storage, and Freeland and Associates. And, you are encouraged to participate in the public events surrounding your team’s visit that includes:

2016 Ski to Sea Media Calendar

And speaking of our Ski-To-Sea Team here they are:

2016 Ski to Sea Team Flyer

 Support our Sponsors:

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Come Join Us To Celebrate Nakhodka Day In Bellingham!

Join us for this special event celebrating our Sister City Nakhodka Russia by registering here.

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Images From Our Japanese New Year’s Celebration (Shinnenkai)

Some things are best said in pictures.  Enjoy, and we will see you next year!

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Japanese Fun Run/Walk/Stand Saturday 9:00 AM Jan-23, New Rotary Trailhead, Old Fairhaven Parkway

Bonzai-Send-OffJapan Marathon Sendoff  – Help send off local runner Holly Graham to Sister City Tateyama, Japan this Saturday for the 36th Wakashio Marathon with a big gambatte! woop! woop! Join our growing group of locals who have run the Wakashio and you too can be an emissary of World Peace. Enjoy hot ocha and tasty onigiri under our tent. Weather you run, walk, or just stand with us, we’ll see you at the new trailhead and bridge!

Come and applaud Holly who was awarded $500 of the 2015 Sister City Association Peace Grant for her trip. Visit www.bsca.org. Holly is prepared to carry your personal message or gift of international understanding to Tateyama, so write a letter to Mayor Kanamaru or wrap a gift for your Tateyama friends and bring it with you.

Mayor Kelli Linville and The Bellingham Herald have both been invited to join us.

Holly GrahamHolly (of Bellingham Fit fame) is in for an adventure beginning with her meet-up with our Port Stevens, Australia Sister City runners at Narita airport and ride to Tateyama. Her trip includes her home stay family, group meeting with Mayor Kanamaru and the International Exchange Society, master class with a professional marathoner, lunchtime visit at an elementary school, tour of temples and castles, tea ceremony, public bath and party with the Soyuukai Running Club, and who knows what else, but all under the watchful care of our supporters and English-speaking staff in Tateyama.

If Holly’s sendoff is not enough fun for you, join us for a pot-luck the next day, Sunday Jan 24th from noon to 3:00 for our Japanese New Years Celebration at the WECU Education Center on Holly Street. Try your hand at pounding mochi, eating whatever you bring, and seeing, doing, and being things Japanese.

Gambatte! woop! woop! Questions?…just contact:

Ross Grier
Tateyama City Chairperson
tateyama@bsca.org
360-927-3687

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Punta Arenas Day January 30th

Welcome From Punta Arenas

Welcome From Punta Arenas, See You In Bellingham January 30th!

Bellingham Sister Cities Association invites you to our first Annual Punta Arenas Day with the theme “Its All about Thanksgiving.” January 30, 2016 at the Bellingham Yacht Club (BYC) @ 5:30 -7:30 PM.

It is free and you can register by clicking here.

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2015 Chilean Students At Heritage Flight Museum

 

We will be introducing 3 high school students from Punta Arenas, who will be accompanied by their Bellingham Host families.  Our Chilean students will have an opportunity to share a little about their community.  In conjunction with our learning a little about them and their part of the world, they will simultaneously be learning about the American tradition of Thanksgiving. Turkey and stuffing will be provided.  Any guests are asked to bring a side dish that is consistent with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Cheryl Myers, the Bellingham Sister Cities Chair for Punta Arenas, has a number of other learning opportunities for our community to gain knowledge about the life, culture and people of Punta Arenas Chile.  Hope to see you there!

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