Featuring the Opening Night film Cutie and the Boxer, and a gala after-party.
With director Zachary Heinzerling and artists Ushio and Noriko Shinohara.
Directed by Zachary Heinzerling
Cinematography by Zachary Heinzerling
Editing by David Teague
Music by Yasuaki Shimizu
Cast: Ushio Shinohara, Noriko Shinohara, Ethan Cohen
Running time: 82 minutes
Cutie and the Boxer is a candid and highly entertaining New York love story exploring the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Of the film the New York Times says, “Cutie and the Boxer
is a movie that makes you feel less like a spectator than a guest, a friend welcomed into the home of an odd and fascinating couple.”
The two met in New York in 1973, Ushio, a 41 year-old painter and sculptor, and Noriko, a 19 year-old student. Director Zachary Heinzerling pays tribute to these two very charismatic artists showing their sometimes volatile and always complex relationship with a raw yet touching approach.
Ushio is known for his abstract paintings, upon which he uses boxing gloves to apply paint, and for his fantastical cardboard figures, while Noriko has gained attention for her inky cartoon-like drawings. Having for years dealt with money troubles and a sense of persistent competition, the film deftly explores how the couple’s lifetime collaboration is eternally exhilarating yet rife with conflict.
Eric Kohn of Indiewire writes: “Heinzerling’s beautifully shot, painfully intimate look at the aging couple’s struggle to survive amid personal and financial strain is both heartbreaking and intricately profound. This is a story about creative desire so strong it hurts.”
THIS FILM HAS AN ADDITIONAL CUTIE AND THE BOXER SCREENING.
AFTER-PARTY starting at 9:15 PM at MFAH Cullinan Hall, following the screening
Hors d’oeuvres generously offered by Whole Foods Market
Music provided by The Grateful Geezers
The Grateful Geezers were formed to utilize their combined experience and unique abilities to render faithful renditions of blues, R&B, Rock and Jazz tunes that we all love. The difference with the Geezers is that they have all made a living playing this music in the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s. They are seasoned professionals who have spent most of their lives backing up others.
Special Appearance by Inprint Poetry Buskers
The popular Inprint Poetry Buskers, all graduate students and alumni from the nationally renowned UH Creative Writing Program, will be on site. These talented poets, using a typewriter and themes specified by attendees, will tap into the muse of immediate inspiration and write poems on the spot, which they will gladly sign, and which attendees can take home and cherish forever. Inprint—a nonprofit literary arts organization—has for more than three decades fostered the art of creative writing and inspired a vibrant community of readers and writers in Houston, through readings by the world’s leading authors, writing workshops for community members of every age and background, and more than $2.7 million in support for some the nation’s top emerging writers.