Short Film by Japanese NYU Grad to Screen at Queens World Film Festival



A Warm Spell, Toshimichi Saito, Queens World Film Festival, NYC, Japan, NYU, film festivals

A Warm Spell

Thursday, March 17 at 10:00 p.m.

PS 69 Jackson Heights – 77-02 37th Avenue, Queens

Tickets: $12/$9 seniors and students

The Queens World Film Festival will screen A Warm Spell, a short narrative by director Toshimichi Saito, who pursued an MFA in Filmmaking at New York University’s Graduate Film Program. His NYU thesis A Warm Spell has won numerous awards, including the Grand Prix at New Directors Film Festival in Tokyo, Best National Short at Sapporo Short Fest, and Semi-Grand Prix at Japan Association of Audiovisual Producers Awards. The short also nabbed Best Actor Awards at both Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia and the Mito Short Film Festival. After working for Spike Lee as an assistant editor, Toshimichi returned to Japan in 2014, where he is currently working on a feature version of A Warm Spell.


One of six films presented as part of the Queens World Film Festival‘s block called “Please Release Me: Stumbling along life’s path from here to there,” A Warm Spell follows the story of Naoki, who gave up his dream of painting to take over the family-run post office. His older brother, Masanobu, left home to become a doctor. When their mother’s funeral brings the two brothers together again, they are forced to confront their old conflicts and resentments.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Queens World Film Festival’s website.