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Mill Valley Film Festival: Journey to Hokusai

Presented by Mill Valley Film Festival and Downtown San Rafael Arts District at Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael CA

Oct 04 - 06 2019
Mill Valley Film Festival: Journey to Hokusai

Filmmaker Chikara Motomura and subject Tom Killion In Person!

For nearly 50 years, woodblock print artist Tom Killion has carved beautiful, iconic California landscapes, using Japanese hand tools and rendering them in vivid color with an old German printing press.

Deeply inspired by the renowned 19th-century artist Hokusai, famous for his Ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings, Killion long dreamed of learning the traditional Japanese method of printing by hand.

Journey to Hokusai follows Killion’s painstaking creative process and his pilgrimage to Japan to study under Kenji Takenaka, a fifth-generation master printer in Kyoto. As he learns new techniques and trades in his oil-based ink for traditional watercolor, Killion discovers more and more about the history of printmaking.

His odyssey takes him to a papermaker that is still in business after 1500 years and to the quiet village of Obuse, where Hokusai spent his final years. Journey to Hokusai is an intimate exploration of the connection between two artists from different worlds.

EXPECTED GUESTS:  Director Chikara Motomura, Subject Tom Killion

Thank you to our Community Partners Marin Arts and MVFAF!


General – $16.50
CFI members – $14.00
Seniors (65+) – $15.00
Students – $8 (purchase online or in person; present student ID at box office)
Youth – $8 (12 and under)
5@5 Programs – $10.50

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Contact: 415-383-5256


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Additional time info:

Oct. 4, 8:45 pm screening at Century Larkspur

Oct. 6, 12:00 noon screening at Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center


Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center

1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

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