Xmas Cake — This American Shelf-life
This American shelf-life.
It was time to talk about it. So we made a movie.
The B/sider presents — Xmas Cake, a coming of middle age story about a female pop singer’s journey from hot to not, and what ensues across cultures — from New York to Tokyo.
Get ready for a rockumentary that holds the torch for women’s empowerment on the global screen. It’s not just about an obscure pop band from Brooklyn and their rise to international fame in Japan; it’s about the soul-crushing experience of growing older in our society and the triumph after a so-called expiration date.
A Chinese/British director and a former pop star-turned-storyteller, lead an all female crew and cast. Together, they’ve mixed original live footage from New York to Tokyo with ink animations that embody a liberating message relevant to the spirit of our times.
Xmas cake: def. Japanese slang for and unmarried woman over 25, or stale dessert.
When a free-spirited American in Tokyo confronts a suicide epidemic among single women over 25, she forms a pop band in their honor and accidentally gets famous in Japan. After briefly living the dream, she loses it all — fame, a fiance, and her livelihood — and must start over in America, where it’s game-over for single women past 40.
This is a true story about Petra, a pop singer who becomes oddly empowered after her fall and is revived by her band's reunion and returning to Japan.
Directed / Edited by May Yam, Written / Animated by Petra Hanson
Where can I see it?
We’re in the process of sending Xmas Cake out to festivals in 2019. This is exciting, but also limits where and when we can have screenings. BUT STAY TUNED — we will throw a B/ bash to celebrate the completion our first short documentary — and all our beloved B/Siders will be on our A-list. 💜