What Difference Does a Festival Make?

June 1, 2018

For filmmaker Shunsaku Hayashi of Osaka, Japan, coming to the Ann Arbor Film Festival for the world premiere of his 2018 film short, Down Escalation, was a dream come true.


Down Escalation combines live-action and other techniques to animate Hayashi’s own paintings in a seven-minute piece that tells a tale of forms, dissolving.


In this interview with Shunsaku Hayashi at the festival this past March, Hayashi opens up about the artistic freedom he experienced through his exchange with other filmmakers at the festival. “I’m here for three days and I’m already thinking about my new film and what I will do next,” he said. “Their work inspires me a lot.”


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