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Invasion: Anime comes home to the Dallas Video Festival

by Anonymous

Dallas, TX June 10, 2004 -- Dallas-based Tempest Production Company announced today that their feature-length documentary, Invasion: Anime, has been invited to screen at the 17th Annual Dallas Video Festival and the first Animation Nation festival in Singapore. The documentary will be screened as the closing night entry for Animation Nation on Tuesday, June 29, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. in the The Substation, 45 Armenian Street, Singapore. The Dallas Video Festival will show Invasion: Anime at 9:45 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, 2004. Animation Nation runs June 24-29 at various venues in Singapore and is sponsored by the Singapore Film Society. The Dallas Video Festival, produced by the Video Association of Dallas, runs July 7-11 at the The Dallas Theater Center's Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard in Dallas, Texas.

"This is especially exciting for us, being a Dallas-based production company," said producer and director Angela Alexander. "So many people in DFW helped us in with this production and, after showing at the Asian Film Festival here in Dallas last year, we've very pleased that the Video Association of Dallas has asked us to bring the 'Invasion' back to town."

Invasion:Anime is an insightful look into the world of anime aimed more toward the novice than the expert. Not quite "Trekkers", this movie tends not to "poke fun" at fanboys but focuses on the creators and critics with a nod towards the obsessive fan base. Interview subjects include names well known to anime fans across the world. Steve Bennett, president and founder of Studio Ironcat, artists and animators Akemi Takada, Senno Knife, Makoto Uno and Nobuyuki Takahashi, North American voice actors and directors Amy Howard Wilson, Tiffany Grant, Scott McNeil and Taliasen Jaffe and international anime experts like author Helen McCarthy and Dr. Susan J. Napier, Associate Director of Asian Studies, University of Texas, are but a few of more than 20 individuals who donated their time to this project.

At its world premiere at the 2002 St. Louis International Film Festival, Invasion:ANIME brought in an estimated 65% larger audience than the Steven Spielberg produced miniseries Taken, which screened as a free sneak preview immediately before it. After the St. Louis premiere, independent film expert Chris Gore wrote, "Invasion: Anime is a great doc about Japanese independent film that deserves attention." reviewer Eric Campos writes "Invasion: Anime a nice history run down of the Japanese animated film...(and serves) as a nice eye opener, offering up information that fans may not have known about from industry professionals and folks that actually study anime."

And audience members from across the world have called Invasion: Anime "fun," "exciting" and "terrific history."

The Tempest Production Company is best known for their short-form examinations of Dallas-Fort Worth history, and recently completed of a series of documentary shorts for the Centennial Celebration in Irving, Texas. Tempest is currently shooting interviews for "The Donut Girls of the American Red Cross," a feature-length documentary about the young women who gave up the comforts of the United States to join the Red Cross during World War Two, bringing a few of the comforts of home to the boys fighting in the European theater of operations.

More information about Tempest Productions and their documentaries can be found at For ticket and other information about the Animation Nation festival, please visit the Singapore Film Society website at . Information about the Dallas Video Festival can be found at

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