Category Archives: Interviews


Despite the ominously grey threat of rain, the week started off well with a conversation both edifying and gratifying. The target of today’s piercing queries was none other than all-around-artiste, Quarxx, who provided a pleasantly black-toned sartorial counterpoint to this interviewer’s candy-colored clothing. He’s an affable fellow, however, and happily discusses his creative background, elucidates his new film Pandemonium, and does us the pleasure of recommending two Parisian must-taste restaurants.

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Read the full review of Kurayukaba.

It is always a delight to converse with the talented filmmakers I have come to expect at Fantasia, but it is especially gratifying to be the first on the North American continent to interview a new star on the scene. Through the interpretational skills of Michio Hirai, director (and producer Shinnosuke Yoshida) talk with 366 about his new feature-length debut, Kurayukaba, going in depth about his development as an animator and a storyteller.

366: Thank you very kindly for agreeing to talk with me today. My name is Giles Edwards, 366 Weird Movies. We hunt down strange cinema, non-mainstream kinds of things. I am seated now with Shigeyoshi Tsukahara, and off over to the side is producer Shinnosuke Yoshida, and yesterday was the international premiere of Kurayukaba. I want to open up with: what drew you to storytelling through animation?

Shigeyoshi Tsukahara: That is a difficult question! First, when I was a student, I was making various animes myself, so expressing myself through animation was already something I was used to. There wasn’t a specific moment, or time in my life when I thought, “I’m going to express myself through anime!” No, it was already something that was when I just noticed it.

I really liked to play around with PCs, and fiddling and made some drawings on PCs, and then I started making them move, and there you go: animation!

366: Yes, images moving—animation indeed!

ST: [laughs]

366: The style you have is dissimilar to much of what I’ve seen. There are watercolor elements, there’s a “papery layering” to the image, and I was curious to how you developed that singular style, and what inspired that artistic choice.

ST: Another difficult question! I’m not really sure how and where I went to that. It did evolve into that, but I’m not sure. I was trying to find the animation style that made me feel good, and I ended up where it is now.

366: As reasonable an answer as I could hope to ask for.

There is one dominant visual theme in the three animations we saw, the two shorts and the feature film, all heavily involving trains and—how to phrase this? There’s a “mechanization”, not electrical per-se, but how the interest developed in that [kind of technology], because there’s a focus on that in nearly every frame: trains, cities of a certain period, and even the clockwork vignettes within the animations surrounding them.

ST: Another interesting question… One of the things that inspired Continue reading TSUKAHARA-SAN DIVES DEEPLY INTO “KURAYUKABA”


Hundreds of beavers there were, and nine members of the team attended the screening. However, 366 was only able to trap two of them. The good news is, we bagged ourselves the two primary movers and shakers behind Hundreds of Beavers. Please forgive the sound quality: the interviewer is a bit too loud, and for whatever reason we decided to record in a lobby going through considerable demolition.

Be Advised: Spoilers by the Hundreds

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Where the Devil Roams review.

Four filmmakers, one family, and a big ol’ bloody pile of Depression Era violence. Matriarch Tobey Poser along with her husband John Adams, and their daughters Lulu and Zelda, are some of the most fun people to chat with, particularly when you’re talking horror, symbolism, and American myth. So sit ye back and learn more about their latest feature, Where the Devil Roams.

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Read Giles Edwards’ complete review of Hippo.

Sometimes plans fall through, and interview targets escape into the freedom of the blue skies. Other times, one finds oneself trapped in Montréal for an extra couple of days. Because the second event occurred, 366 was able to sit down with Kimball Farley, star and titular character from Mark Rapaport’s feature, along with the film’s director of photography, William Babcock. In a special gathering arranged by the Fantasia press team, we chatted about God, lenses, and Hippo. Stay tuned for audio from the post-premiere Fantasia Q&A with director and other crew members.

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