Geeksboro celebrates legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki in May

May-azaki” is coming to Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema!

In May, Geeksboro will celebrate the work of internationally renowned filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki with a month long film festival and art show. 

Saturdays in May, starting May 10, Geeksboro will host two weekly screenings of four of Miyazaki’s most beloved films, starting with “My Neighbor Totoro” on May 10, “Howl’s Moving Castle” on May 17, “Princess Mononoke” on May 24 and “Kiki’s Delivery Service” on May 31. Geeksboro will present these screenings in two formats – English dubbed at 2:30 p.m. and original Japanese language with English subtitles at 7:30 p.m.

“Hayao Miyazaki is unique among all other filmmakers in that his work is admired by people from around the world, regardless of their age or gender,” says Joe Scott, curator and owner of Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema. “That his work transcends all barriers is a rare kind of magic.”

In addition to the screenings, Geeksboro will present a juried art show, featuring work by local and regional artists inspired by Miyazaki and his esteemed body of work. Awards will be given to artists in four different categories: Elementary School (ages 10 and younger), Middle School (ages 11-14), High School (ages 15-18) and Adult (19 and up). All submissions must be framed or on canvass and will be returned to the artists at the end of the show on June 1.

Geeksboro is located on 2134 Lawndale Drive. Admission for the screenings is $6 for adults, $4 for kids 12 and under. Geeksboro will also sell original, signed art prints by famed Triad artist Kat Lamp for $22 each, which will include a ticket to all four films.

The following is a list of showtimes, dates, titles, and synopses:

2:30 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10 – “My Neighbor Totoro” – This animated classic follows Satsuke and Mai, two young sisters who find their new country home is in a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of mystical creatures. They befriend Totoro, the biggest and eldest creature, who is also the king of the forest. As their girls' mother lies sick in the hospital, Totoro brings the sisters on a magical adventure but also helps them understand the realities of life.

2:30 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17– “Howl’s Moving Castle” – When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.

2:30 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 24 – “Princess Mononoke” – While protecting his village from rampaging boar-god/demon, a confident young warrior, Ashitaka, is stricken by a deadly curse. To save his life, he must journey to the forests of the west. Once there, he's embroiled in a fierce campaign between ambitious Lady Eboshi and her loyal clanm and a brave young warrior named Princess Mononoke. NOTE: Due to mature themes and violent imagery, this film is not recommended for younger audiences.

2:30 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31 – “Kiki’s Delivery Service” – A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.
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