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Midi Onodera (partial data)

Films directed by Midi Onodera

Quotes by Midi Onodera

"I approach film much as I did a blank canvas. In my early films I concentrated on learning how to control and manipulate the technical properties of the medium. I played with grain, texture, composition, and lights and shadow. [...] But beyond these concerns, for me the ultimate power of film rested and rests in its potential to directly reflect the social morals and climate of our time."
-- Midi Onodera (source)

"The camera is so expensive and the film stock is so expensive. I've got some money in the bank. I can make a 60-minute 16mm film, but I don't want to, not yet, because I'm so afraid of the cost involved. I don't want to run off a thousand feet in 16mm and say 'Oh God, this is a piece of shit.' I'd rather work in Super 8 where I can work the camera myself. I can be in it myself, I can feel it. I can get the tone of the film. I can figure out what I want to say visually and sound-wise. I could write all I want but writing is not film. To me, the Super 8 format is personal. It was conceived for the home movie market from the very beginning, for people to take home movies, not to edit them, not to put on glossy soundtracks, but rather to find tones, to find human beings, real emotion. Whereas, with 16mm, you will possibly have to have a camera person, a camera assistant, a sound person, sound assistant. Suddenly, when you have four people or even two people on set with you, it becomes a question of whether you have it together enough or not."
-- Midi Onodera (source)

"There is no question that [in the mainstream film and TV industry] a glass ceiling exists [...] for women and especially women of colour. In North American productions, men are still looked at as authority figures and given the benefit of the doubt in terms of the diverse subjects they are allowed to explore. Women are relegated to soft women's dramas, soaps, emotionally driven stories. Very rarely do women directors get the opportunity to do action movies. If you're a woman or a man of colour, for that matter, you are somehow led down the path to make films that reflect your cultural/ethnic background."
-- Midi Onodera (source)

For QUOTES about a specific film by Midi Onodera, please see:   Ten Cents a Dance (Parallax)    Displaced View    Skin Deep   

Notes about Midi Onodera

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Bibliography for Midi Onodera

Section 1: Publications by Midi Onodera

Section 2: Publications about Midi Onodera

Book Chapters

Section 3: Publications about the Films of Midi Onodera

Ten Cents a Dance (Parallax) (1985)

Book Chapters

Brief Sections of Books

Displaced View (1988)

Brief Sections of Books

Brief Sections of Journal Articles

Dissertation Chapters

Skin Deep (1994)

Dissertation Chapters

Archival Collections

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