About 70 bodies huddled together to watch Powderlife’s English premiere of Japanese ski and snowboard movie ‘Persona’ last night.
With more people than initially expected, the event was a great success – despite the projector overheating occasionally. Thanks to all those who patiently stuck around to see what is a beautiful movie about mountain life in Japan.
The film was partly filmed in Niseko and profiles three local ski and snowboard diehards – Shinya-san (Niseko Avalanche Institute head), Taro Tamai (Gentem founder) and Kenichi Miyashita (NAC bus driver).
With a resounding sentiment and stunning images of Niseko’s powder culture, Persona is a stark reminder of why many people, not just Japanese, decide to live in the area.
Huge thanks to the J-Sekka crew for hosting us and to Ebis Films for providing us with the first version of the film subtitled in English.
With last night’s great turnout there is now definitely more reason to show movies in the future. For those of you that missed last night’s film, you can buy the DVD from NAC, however, it’s only available in Japanese at this stage.
Also, keep your eye out for Flake Film Festival updates. This is a short-film festival hosted by local film guy Chook. For those of you out there with GoPros and basic film-editing gear, this event is a great chance to show off what you’ve captured this season.