Screenings will be held in the Modern's auditorium. Tickets are $9, $8 for Modern members, $6 for Modern Reel People members, and $5 for children under 12.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 5. They may be purchased in advance at www.themodern.org or by calling 817.738.9215. Tickets will also be for sale at the Modern two hours prior to showtime.
The Modern is deeply grateful to Dr. Marc Hairston for his counsel in the selection of the films for this series. Dr. Hairston will introduce and discuss the films at every screening.
Dr. Marc Hairston is a scientist who researches space weather using the Coupled Ion Neutral Dynamic Investigation (CINDI), a satellite that studies how neutral gas motions and charge particle motions are related. 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. Along with Dr. Pamela Gossin, Dr. Hairston teaches a lecture course at the University of Texas at Dallas titled "Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Anime Fantasy of Hayao Miyazaki."
August 6, 11 am
THE BOY AND THE BEAST
(Mamoru Hosoda, 2015)
Mike McFarland, ADR Director
John Swasey, voice of Kumatetsu
Bryn Apprill, voice of Kaede
In the latest feature film from award-winning Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children), a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts and is taken in by Kumatetsu, a gruff, rough-around-the-edges warrior beast who's been searching for the perfect apprentice.
119 minutes, PG-13, English
August 6, 2 pm
THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME
(Mamoru Hosoda, 2006)
In director Mamoru Hosoda's warmhearted fantasy, a typical young high school girl discovers that she has the unique ability to traverse space and time. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
received the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year, an honor shared with three films from Hayao Miyazaki.
August 13, 11 am
WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE
(Hiromasa Yonebayashi, 2014)
Based on the young adult novel by Joan G. Robinson and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty), When Marnie Was There has been described as "Ghibli Gothic," with its moonlit seascapes, glowing orchestral score, and powerful dramatic portrayals that build to a stormy climax.
103minutes, PG, English
August 13, 2 pm
(Isao Takahata, 1991)
In lyrical switches between the present and the past, a young woman contemplates the arc of her life and wonders if she has been true to the dreams of her childhood self. From Academy Award-nominated director Isao Takahata (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya) and general producer Hayao Miyazaki, Only Yesterday is a masterpiece of time and tone, rich with humor and stirring emotion, and beautifully animated by one of the world's most revered animation studios.
118 minutes, PG, English
August 20, 11 am
WHISPER OF THE HEART
(Yoshifumi Kondo, 1995)
On the verge of high school, a young couple struggle with their goals of becoming a writer (Shizuku) and a musician (Seiji) and whether they have the ability to achieve their dreams. A masterpiece about the awakening of creative talent, Whisper of the Heart was the first and only full-length feature by Hayao Miyazaki's protégé Yoshifumi Kondo before his sudden death at the young age of 47. It remains one of the classics of Japanese animation.
111 minutes, G, English
August 20, 2 pm
THE CAT RETURNS
(Hiroyuki Morita, 2002)
In this comedy sequel to Whisper of the Heart, Haru, a normal high school girl, finds herself accidentally engaged to the prince of the magical Cat Kingdom. To stop the marriage she seeks the help of two of the characters from Whisper: Moon, the real cat, and Baron, the magical cat figurine. The voice cast includes Anne Hathaway (The Princess Diaries) as Haru, Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) as Baron, and Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) as the Cat King.
75 minutes, G, English