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Posted by Elma Yedda Gonzalez at 7:36PM
Tomonari Nishikawa, filmmaker

Tomonari Nishikawa’s new film, "45 7 Broadway," presents Times Square as a protagonist. It shows the noises and movements at this world-famous intersection. The film, shot in black and white through color filters, was optically printed onto color films. Every aspect of the film displays incongruous visuals and cacophony, which fits the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival’s theme this year, “Dissonace.”

“I think [the theme] is interesting as artists might think of dissonance and harmony all the time while working on their projects,” Nishikawa explains. “Literally, my film would show a lack of harmony in visual, so it would fit under this theme.”

Nishikawa works as a filmmaker, installation artist and educator in upstate New York. He launched his career at Binghmanton University, and since then he has screened his works worldwide in festivals such as Berlinale, Hong Kong International Film Festival and the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Last year, he participated in the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival to showcase his film “Tokyo Ebisu,” and he returns this year to present "45 7 Broadway.”

NIshikawa will participate in a group presentation, the Upstate Filmmakers Showcase, which features five other filmmakers including Chris Gallant, Vincent Grenier, Andy Watts, John Scott, and Wenhua Shi. The event will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5 in Cinemapolis.


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