MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL OCTOBER 3–13, 2019
Screening october 4
Screening + LIVE SHOW BY
GAIJIN A GO-GO
A feminist rockumentary that holds the torch for women’s empowerment on the global screen, Xmas Cake is a-coming-of-middle-age story about a female pop singer's journey from hot to not and what ensues across cultures
from New York to Tokyo.
A rockumentary for the post #metoo era.
Petra Hanson is a writer, producer, and emerging animator. A former international pop star turned activist storyteller and filmmaker, Hanson spent her 30s writing pop songs (in Japanese), art directing her own music videos, and curating a persona that earned her band, Gaijin A Go-Go, a deal with Sony Music and accidental fame in Japan. This chapter later inspired a story she told live on stage for The Moth—which became the subject of her first film, Xmas Cake—This American Shelf-Life. Nominated for best short documentary at 2019’s Tribeca Film Festival, Xmas Cake showcases Hanson’s music, her gift for storytelling, and the adept visual language of her animations.
May Yam is an award-winning, international filmmaker with over 15 years of experience across media genres including Emmy-winning TV news segments, award winning short films, marketing videos and documentaries. She has performed as producer, director, writer, actor, and editor across her career. May's eye for detail and experience in production have given her the tools needed to create visually engaging pieces that not only deliver the client's message but also make them stand apart.