Bye bye Pia

Katherine Mezur kmezur at
Sat Apr 23 16:37:47 EDT 2011

Ah, I also spent many hours with PIA, for experimental theatre, butoh, and 
performance. The maps and pictures were so tiny, but one managed without GPS. 
And the dates for maeuri were essential for any avid shogekijo researcher. The 
question is are they forcing us into tiny online phone-machines? Thanks for the 
note. K
 Prof. Dr. Katherine Mezur
Research Fellow
International Research Center
"Interweaving Performance Cultures"
Freie University Berlin
Grunewaldstr. 34
12165 Berlin(-Steglitz), Germany
Tel.: +49 30 838 50448
Fax: +49 30 838 50449
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From: Aaron Gerow <aaron.gerow at>
To: KineJapan at
Sent: Fri, April 22, 2011 4:58:12 AM
Subject: Bye bye Pia

The Asahi reports that the information magazine Pia will cease publication in 
July. Those of you who lived in Japan especially in the 80s and 90s know that 
Pia was the source for information not only on where commercial films were 
playing but also, since anyone could submit their own screenings, where 
experimental or jishu eiga screenings were taking place. I went to many an odd 
screening that I found in Pia, which for a while I bought weekly. A lot of that 
info is on the net, so you can understand why the magazine will stop (Pia will 
still run its website), but this does sound like the end of an era.

The Pia Film Festival, one of the most important showcases for new film talent 
in Japan, will continue, however. Pia apparently makes most of its money through 
its ticket sales bureau, so the company is still alive and well.

Aaron Gerow
KineJapan owner

Associate Professor
Film Studies Program/East Asian Languages and Literatures
Yale University

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