Emily Yoshida with her film, Abigail, represents for the Northwest at the Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival Saturday at the Cinerama. Of the 20 filmmakers from the United States, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands selected to show their work at the festival only Yoshida can claim some cred from Northwest origins. She was born in Japan and raised in the Tacoma area. So says her bio.
She's also a recent graduate of UCLA's School of Theatre, Film & Television where she worked on Abigail as part of her thesis. The film tells the story of a teenage girl who disappears in a club into a virtually infused reality where her best friend, Sam, tries to track her down. Look for a shot of L.A.'s Second Street Tunnel in the film, Yoshida's tribute to Blade Runner. See the trailer for Abigail here.
Yoshida, 23, is also the only woman filmmaker in the festival. Sadly, in The Tacoma News Tribune article, From ‘Star Trek’ fan to sci-fi filmmaker, she concludes, “It seems like the sci-fi world is not big on girls."
Say it isn't so. Not in a world that includes: Broad Universe, Feminist Science Fiction, Ambling Along the Aqueduct, The League of Extraordinary Paranormal Women, WisCon, Feminist SF-The Blog!, and even Sci-Fi Chick. More?
What about sci-fi world friendly groups for women filmmakers? They must be out there.
Abigail shows in the second session of 10 films, 7-9 p.m. at the festival. An awards ceremony follows. The first 10 films run 4-6 p.m. Tickets: $9 for one session, $15 for both at www.siff.net. Questions? Call 206.464.5830.
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