The Art Theatre Guild, founded in 1961 and active into the 1980s, united some of Japan’s most innovative directors: Oshima Nagisa (b.1932), Teshigahara Hiroshi (1927-2001), Terayama Shűji (1935-83) and Matsumoto Toshio (b.1932), and together their activities heralded the emergence of the auteur in Japan. While maintaining independence and distance from the studio system, the Guild enjoyed both international distribution and acclaim: Oshima and Teshigahara were award winners at the Cannes film festival, while Teshigahara was also nominated for an Academy Award. Yet despite their domestic and international significance, no monograph on this provocative and influential group has been produced.
The Enzo Press is now seeking contributions for a new volume of research essays on the ATG and its activities. Papers on the films and careers of any artists associted with the ATG are welcomed, though papers that forge links between the oeuvres of two or more of these film makers, or that place production within the group context of the ATG, are preferred.
Please send papers of between 5,000 to 10,000 words, together with an abstract, bibliography, and illustrations list, to firstname.lastname@example.org, with ATG as the subject, by the deadline of June 15th.
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