Studio Ghibli Co-Founder Coming to L.A.

Isao Takahata, who directed the haunting wartime anime feature Grave of the Fireflies and co-founded Studio Ghibli with Hayao Miyazaki, will be in Los Angeles on Friday, April 23 to attend screenings of his works at the historic Pacific Theater on Hollywood Blvd.

The screenings will begin a 2 p.m. with Grave of the Fireflies, followed by My Neighbors the Yamadas at 4 p.m. and Pom Poko at 6:30 p.m. The filmmaker will be on hand to answer questions from the audience afterward. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or email [email protected]

Mizuko Ito of USC’s department of anthropology and the Annenberg Center for Communication is organizing the event with Nancy Lutkehaus from USC’s department of anthropology and the Center for Visual Anthropology. The two are also putting together an academic symposium titled "Animation and the Contemporary Japanese Imagination” with Takahata as the keynote speaker on April 24.

The Takahata screenings and academic symposium are sponsored by several USC organizations including The Provost’s Distinguished Visitors Program, the Center for Visual Anthropology, the Center for Feminist Research, the Annenberg Center for Communication, the East Asian Studies Center, the School of Cinema-Television, the ETC Digital Cinema Laboratory located at the Pacific Theater and the Institute for Multimedia Literacy. Additional support comes from Studio Ghibli, the Association for Asian Studies Northeast Asia Council, the Walt Disney Company and Central Park Media.