Semiotics of Sab
Directed by Tina Takemoto
This experimental film essay explores the poetics of identity through an oblique portrait of gay Japanese American actor, Sab Shimono. For more than five decades, Shimono has performed on stage and screen in more than 150 roles as warlords, bus boys, and businessmen. Shimono asks, “How is it that we know who we are?” Recalling early structuralist works by Hollis Frampton and Martha Rosler, SEMIOTICS OF SAB displays the grammatology of queer Asian American masculinity through conflicting lexicons of race, representation, and selfhood.
Tina Takemoto is an artist and filmmaker whose work has screened at Frameline, Outfest, Ann Arbor Film Festival, MIX NYC, CAAMfest, Fusion, MIX Milano, Hamburg Queer Film Festival, and Rio Gay Film Festival. Her filmography includes Warning Shot, Sex, Politics & Sticky Rice, Looking for Jiro, and Memoirs of Bjork-Geisha. Looking for Jiro received Best Experimental Jury Award at the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival.
Producer: Tina Takemoto
Director: Tina Takemoto
Writer: Tina Takemoto
Sound Design: Kadet Kuhne
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