Join director Dean Yamada for the screening of Cicada, Biola University's first award-winning feature film.
Cicada follows a discordant group of adults who ironically find themselves as guests at a birthday party for a young boy being bullied at school. Following in the footsteps of their previous short films, Jitensha and Persimmon, the filmmakers invite you into a quirky world filled with wonder, dysfunction and redemption. Cicada has screened in film festivals around the world winning the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and Guam International Film Festival and a finalist at Heartland Film Festival.
The Making of Cicada
In the summer of 2012, a small group of independent filmmakers made this feature film in Tokyo. This group included Biola University professor Dean Yamada as director, 10 students from the Cinema & Media Arts department, and 3 alumni. Cicada was shot in 20 days on a shoestring budget. Come experience what it takes to make a full-length feature film overseas with only passion and commitment.
Dr. Michael Gonzales, Chair, stated, "The Cinema & Media Arts Department is forging new ground by producing our first feature film, Cicada, under the direction of Associate Professor, Dean Yamada. Other programs dream about doing this. We are doing it!"
About Dean Yamada
Since receiving his MFA in film production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Dean Yamada has directed numerous award-winning short films while teaching film at Biola University. His films have screened at the Venice Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival and Aspen Shortsfest, and won awards at the Heartland Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and Sapporo Short Fest. As a media educator, he has twice received the King Foundation Best of Festival award at the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts. Cicada marks his fifth collaboration with Biola students and his first feature film as director.
7:00 - Box Office Open
(Please purchase tickets prior to the screening to help our volunteer staff.)
7:15 - Doors Open
7:30 - Cicada Screening
9:15 - Q&A with director Dean Yamada
(Program subject to change without notice.)
$10 General Admission, $5 Biola Staff or Alumni, Students Free
Spring 2015 Biola Screenings
CICADA with director Dean Yamada March 5, 2015
LITTLE BOY with director Alejandro Monteverde March 25, 2015
LITTLE HOPE WAS ARSON with director Theo Love April 1, 2015
SING OVER ME with director Jacob Kindberg April 16, 2015