Maiko Endo’s recent epic feature Technology and seminal debut Kuichisan were real eye-openers for me. I could point to her off-center approach to purely visual storytelling, or her love of the simultaneously beautiful/disturbing as highlights; but that would sell her sparkling talent short. Suffice to say that she is an artist with a unique vision and the tools to express it. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I was a different person coming out of that double feature than I was going in. And, if nothing else, it is just that kind of experience—a transformative experience—that I want in a film.