Mind Game

Mind Game
  • Friday August 20, 2021 7:30 PM


The cult film Mind Game (2004), the first feature animation from the award-winning director Masaaki Yuasa, opens the 2021 Anime at the Modern series—even though this is not a typical anime. Its eccentric plot mixes a wide range of animation styles and techniques. Mind Game follows the wild and surreal story of a young manga artist and his childhood sweetheart through multiple alternative realities as they struggle to get a new chance in life (even though they may already be dead). Dr. Christine Veras, a professor of animation and the history of animation at the School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas, will introduce the film and discuss it afterward.
(This film is not rated, but due to its sexual and violent imagery, it is strongly suggested for mature audiences only.)  

August 20–22, 2021
Join us as we celebrate the Japanese anime genre—films that are visually stunning, richly imaginative, and poetic in their story telling.
Screenings will be held in the Modern’s auditorium. Tickets are $10, $8 for Modern members, $7 for Modern Reel People members. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, August 3. Tickets may be purchased in advance online or by visiting the museum’s admission desk. 
Films are curated and introduced by Dr. Marc Hairston and Dr. Christine Veras.

Dr. Marc Hairston, Professor of Science at the University of Texas at Dallas, is a research scientist using several NASA and Air Force satellites to study space weather—the effect of the sun’s solar winds on Earth’s magnetic field and upper atmosphere. In addition to his science work, Dr. Hairston is also interested in the scholarly study of anime and manga and is on the board of editors of Mechademia, the first English-language academic journal addressing these topics. He regularly teaches courses at the University of Texas at Dallas examining the themes of science fiction and fantasy in anime and manga, specifically focusing on individual anime creators such as Miyazaki, Shinkai, Hosoda, and Takahata. For the past several summers, Dr. Hairston has enjoyed bringing new and classic anime films to his hometown of Fort Worth through the Modern’s annual ANIME AT THE MODERN series.

Dr. Christine Veras, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, is a scholar and artist, originally from Brazil, researching the integration of physical and digital technologies to explore the experimental possibilities of animation. She completed her PhD at the School of Art, Design, and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Among her works, Dr. Veras has invented a new international prize-winning and now patented animated illusion device called Silhouette Zoetrope, which is now part of the permanent collection of the Children’s Museum in Dresden, and the Lingelbach Barn, in Leinroden, both museums in Germany. Her fields of expertise combine theory and practice, including disciplines related to the history of animation, cinema, and experimental animation.