The Justin-Siena Visual and Performing Arts Department serves up sushi and a movie with their 2017 Spring Film Forum with Bay Area special effects editor and filmmaker, Anthony Lucero on Friday, Feb. 24.
The evening begins witha screen Lucero’s award-winning film “East Side Sushi” from 5-6:50 p.m. followed by dinner with Genji’s sushi from Napa’s Whole Foods.
“East Side Sushi” marks the feature writing-directing debut for Lucero, a San Francisco State University film department graduate. The film tells the story of Juana (Diana Elizabeth Torres), a single mom living with her father (Rodrigo Duarte Clark), who takes a job in the kitchen of a sushi restaurant. She has never eaten the Japanese delicacy, but discovers she has an affinity for it. Between her own initiative and lessons from chef Aki (Yutaka Takeuchi), Juana is soon experimenting with her own recipes and dreaming of her own place in the theater of the sushi bar. Standing in her way is a long-standing tradition that decrees that only Asians and men (especially men) can be sushi chefs.
After receiving his B.A. in Film from San Francisco State University, Lucero worked as a commercial editor for several years with clients such as Nike and Yahoo. His move into the visual effects world for companies such as Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light and Magic and Tippett Studio has led him to work on such blockbusters as “Star Wars—Episode II,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Iron Man” and “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.” Lucero has also worked as a cameraman and editor on documentaries such as the PBS series Not In Our Town.
“East Side Sushi” made its 2014 debut at San Jose’s Cinequest film festival and ended up winning the best narrative audience award. It was also shown at the S.F. IndieFest, San Francisco Latino Film Festival, Napa Valley Film Festival, CAAMfest 2014, the Black Hills Film Festival in South Dakota) and the Beloit International Film Festival in Wisconsin.
The event concludes with a game of Kahoot! for door prizes and an interview and Q-and-A session with Lucero. It takes place in the Justin-Siena Dining Hall, 4026 Maher St., Napa.
Tickets are $10 for adults and free for students. Genji Sushi combo plates are $15 for eight pieces. All sushi packs must be pre-ordered online; there will be no same-evening orders.
Purchase tickets online at www.justin-siena.org/tickets.