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Festival Director: Karl Neubert

Karl Neubert

Neubert’s international competence of the film industry seeds in Munich and weaves through the world settling in his current mainstay here in Tokyo. Graduating from Musashino Art University in 1997, Neubert is a pioneer of foreign alumni from Department of Imagining Arts and Science. His post graduate mentorship under media guru Toshio Matsumoto in the Nihon University has honed his film aptitude to a razor’s edge. A keen eye paired with a congenial social brilliance, so rarely found today, penned Neubert’s mark in the world of communication. Neubert’s contributions to the arts include line producing for the German film “Enlightenment Guaranteed”, production, directing and videography in the celebrated documentary “sur/FACE – 14 Japanese Contemporary Architects”, and illustrious achievement in Berlin International Film Festival history just to name a few. His polished script writing and stage directing in NHK Broadcasting’s German language syndicate confirm Neubert’s invaluable versatility. He also is a member of the Director’s Gulid of Japan.

Festival Curator: Tomo Suzuki

Tomo Suzuki

Coming from Tokyo origins, Suzuki gained experience overseas as an exhibition event organizer after graduating from New York University. In 1996 he returned to Japan landing a public relations position in Art Tower Mito. Promoting motion graphic film and appointed as an advisor for Mito Cinema Festival, Suzuki further reinforced the backbone of his career event planning numerous museum displays and expos. By 2002, Suzuki branched into the media arts field planning, producing, and distributing pieces independently. His successful involvement with indie films include collaborations with Takuya Fukushima, Sharon Lockhart, Matthew Barney, Tomoko Matsunashi, Roland Hagenberg, Masahiro Tsuchihashi and Naoyuki Tsuji that are among the recognizable talent in the industry.

Theme Song: Benedikt Brydern

Benedikt Brydern

From an early age Brydern disciplined himself in the musical arts. He studied classical violin from his adolescence into later years in the Strauss Music School in Germany’s city of Munich. In the University of Southern California, Brydern developed his skill under the care of his mentor Christopher Young whose accomplishments include compositions for Spiderman and The Grudge to name a few not including the many scores he has created for indie films and television. Brydern expanded his versatility touring with the Johnny Crawford Dance Orchestra and performing with the sentimental acoustics of Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys before founding his critically acclaimed music group the Hot Club Quartette named after a legendary French jazz band of a similar title. Brydern recently completed a tour with Janet Klein throughout major cities in Japan. His recent accomplishments include the completion of his new solo album Violin Passion: Symphonic Dreams, contributions to Brian Avenet-Bradley’s horror film Dark Remains, and a co-production effort for saxophonist JJ Jones. Currently, Brydern regularly appears on a film composer radio show, Bayern 4 Klassik, in Bavaria, Germany.


Student Committee/Temple University, Japan Campus (Alphabetical Order):

Ken Ishii (PR)
Noeru Hamaguchi (Subtitles)
Mikihiko Hashimoto (Subtitles)
Yasuka Kase (PR/Subtitles)
Akiko Kawazoe (PR/Subtitles)
Takayuki Kubota (Technical Supervisor)
Masatoshi Kuwahara (Subtitles)
Mie Saito (PR/Subtitles)
Mia Sakaguchi (Flyer/Website)
Joshua Douglas Smith (Website)
Sayoko Takahashi (Subtitles)
Mihailo Tanasijevic (Trailers/Audio Production for the trailers)

Special thanks to:
Yousef Al-Zawawi (PR)
Marek Devin Calcote (PR)
Genell N. Canty (Subtitles)
Yasunobu Inoue (Subtitles)
Neal Hideo Hicks (Website)
Mariko Ogawa (Subtitles)
Jude Pierre (Subtitles)
Fedor Solntsev (Subtitles)
Yuichi Sugimoto (Subtitles)
Tatsuki Takesawa (PR)
Nao Tamekawa (PR)
Naotomo Umewaka (Subtitles)
Kenji Yasuda (Subtitles)
Erina Yoshikawa (Subtitles)


...many thanks to all the other volunteers who are contributing to our festival!