LOOKING FOR ADVENTURE by Kimi Takesue
(2013, 43 min)
"Exploring with rigorous formal composure the “strains, pleasures, and choreography” of group tourism in Peru, documentary filmmaker Kimi Takesue has created a unique ethnography of Andean culture: both its commodification for the exotic-seeking traveler, and the sublime elements that effectively inspire pilgrimages of universal beauty.
Tension arises in the film's still tableaux, in which vast landscapes are dotted by migratory patterns of curious, bored and intrepid wanderers. A sense of gentle circumspection, rather than cynicism, attends Takesue's radically observational mode of filmmaking, a protracted gaze in which time and place assume precedence."
(Jay Kuehner, Northwest Film Forum)
Mar del Plata International Film Festival, Argentina (November, 2013)
Selected Film Screenings:
Museum of Moving Image, First Look Film Festival, New York City (2014)
RIDM: Montreal International Documentary Film Festival (2014)
Northwest Film Forum (2014)
Cornell Cinema (2014)
Geneva Independent International Film Festival: Black Movie, Switzerland (2014)
Kimi Takesue BIOGRAPHY:
Kimi Takesue is an award-winning filmmaker and the recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Filmmaking. Her feature-length documentary WHERE ARE YOU TAKING ME? (2010) shot in Uganda, was commissioned by the International Film Festival Rotterdam where it had its world premiere. The film was selected for MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight (Museum of Modern Art, NYC) and the Los Angeles Film Festival (Documentary Competition) where it was a Critics’ Pick by LA Weekly. WHERE ARE YOU TAKING ME? was theatrically released by ICARUS FILMS in Spring 2012 where it was a Critics' Pick by Time Out-New York and called "Extraordinary" by Nicolas Rapold (Village Voice), "Stellar" by Richard Porton (Cineaste), and "Beautifully meditative...an uplifting observational documentary that plays on seeing and being seen" by Jay Weissberg (Variety).
Takesue’s narrative, documentary and experimental films include THAT WHICH ONCE WAS (2011) starring Natar Ungalaq (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner), SUSPENDED (2009), E=NYC2 (2005), SUMMER OF THE SERPENT (2004), HEAVEN’S CROSSROAD (2002), ROSEWATER (1999), and BOUND (1995). Takesue’s films have screened at over 200 film festivals and museums, including the Sundance Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, Los Angeles Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival-TIFF Kids, London's Institute of Contemporary Art, Shanghai Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center and the Museum of Modern Art (NYC). Her films have aired on PBS, the Independent Film Channel, and the Sundance Channel.
Among her fellowships and grants are a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, two artist fellowships from the New York Foundation in the Arts, an Eastman Kodak Cinematography Fellowship; grants from the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Ford Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, National Asian American Telecommunications Association, The Arts Council of England and artist residencies at Yaddo Artist Colony and the MacDowell Colony.
Film honors include the SPIRIT OF SLAMDANCE AWARD, Slamdance Film Festival; ITVS FUTURESTATES AUDIENCE AWARD; BEST DOCUMENTARY, Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema; GRAND JURY PRIZE, Brooklyn International Film Festival; GOLD MEDAL & GRAND JURY PRIZE, Brno International Film Festival, Czech Republic; JURORS’ CHOICE AWARD (1st place), Black Maria Film and Video Festival; BEST NARRATIVE SHORT, San Diego Asian Film Festival; and the GOLDEN REEL: NEW VISIONS AWARD, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.
Raised in Hawai’i and Massachusetts, Takesue received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her M.F.A from Temple University. Her films are distributed by Women Make Movies and Icarus Films. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at Rutgers University-Newark.