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June 4, 1999 | JON MATSUMOTO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Rea Tajiri got the idea for her '70s-era film "Strawberry Fields," she had no intention of making a drama involving the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. But as Tajiri and screenwriter Kerri Sakamoto began to elaborate on Tajiri's original story about a rebellious Japanese American girl and her dysfunctional family, they found the internment camp experience to be an unavoidable part of their characters' psychological makeup.
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June 4, 1999 | JON MATSUMOTO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Rea Tajiri got the idea for her '70s-era film "Strawberry Fields," she had no intention of making a drama involving the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. But as Tajiri and screenwriter Kerri Sakamoto began to elaborate on Tajiri's original story about a rebellious Japanese American girl and her dysfunctional family, they found the internment camp experience to be an unavoidable part of their characters' psychological makeup.
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October 26, 1992 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Distinguished Docs: The International Documentary Assn. ended its first annual congress last week by presenting its career achievement award to Walter Cronkite and its preservation and scholarship award to Robert Rosen of the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Friday, distinguished documentary prizes went to David Hickman and Errol Morris for "A Brief History of Time"; David Van Taylor for "Dream Deceivers: The Story Behind James Vance vs.
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August 13, 1989
Two highly unusual exhibitions are now being presented at the Long Beach Museum of Art. "Hidden Assets: Selections from the Permanent Collection" and "Reconstructed Realms" will be on display through Sept. 17. "Hidden Assets" will feature paintings, sculpture, drawings and prints from three categories. One group will contain work by American artists before 1950, including of George Bellows, Thomas Hart Benton, Ralph A. Blakelock, George L.
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August 27, 1993 | ROBERT KOEHLER
Like the slow, careful dusting of an antique that gradually reveals the thing underneath, Rea Tajiri's video work for PBS' "Alive TV" series, "History and Memory: For Akiko and Takashige" (10:30 p.m. tonight, KCET Channel 28), seeks to recover the truth and meaning of the World War II internment of Japanese-Americans in remote desert camps.
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May 28, 1993 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As the best documentary filmmakers know, uncovering absolute truth is nearly impossible. Facts, they're easier; gospel is always elusive. That truth about truth hovers over even the most revealing documentaries. Implied in the camera's search is an understanding that only evidence can be presented, and the ramifications of that evidence are usually open to speculation. Christine Choy and Renee Tajima accept the paradox in "Who Killed Vincent Chin?"
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May 20, 1993 | MARK CHALON SMITH
An exasperated character in "Stolen Kisses" says this about the exasperating hero, Antoine Doinel: "You're certainly full of goodwill, but . . . but . . . discouraging." That's our boy. Doinel, Francois Truffaut's most famous creation, is well-intentioned but a bit off, a minor-league misfit who often seems to be sleepwalking through his own life. He has charm, though, and you can't help but like him.
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May 22, 1993 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The recent box-office success of "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story" may be heartening to some as a sign that Hollywood sees Asian-Americans as more than just sideline characters steeped in stereotypes. But to others, this little step only touches the surface of the Asian-American experience. That's where the Asian/Pacific American Film and Video Festival at UC Irvine comes in.
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June 13, 1992 | KRISTINE McKENNA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Most people refuse to acknowledge video as an art form, and I think the relationship we have with television has a lot to do with that," observes Carole Ann Klonarides, media arts curator at the Long Beach Museum of Art. "We grow up thinking of TV as a cross between a piece of furniture and an appliance--we certainly don't consider it a vehicle for art.
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May 21, 1992 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, TIMES ART CRITIC
The national discussion of race relations is never far below the surface of American life. As it moves to the foreground once again, an exhibition at the Long Beach Museum of Art assumes a significance even more pressing than it would already have. "Relocations and Revisions: The Japanese-American Internment Reconsidered" is a generous, provocative show, perhaps too large and ambitious for the space it must occupy, but nonetheless engaging for it.
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July 4, 1992 | KRISTINE McKENNA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Most people refuse to acknowledge video as an art form and I think the relationship we have with television has a lot to do with that," observes Carole Ann Klonarides, media arts curator at the Long Beach Museum of Art. "We grow up thinking of TV as a cross between a piece of furniture and an appliance--we certainly don't consider it a vehicle for art.
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