Asian American Film in the Midwest! GO MOM!!
Each year, Asian American International Film Festival selects one work-in-progress from the submissions for a dynamic workshop. This year we’ve chosen June INUZUKA’s DHARMA ROAD: A PERSONAL JOURNEY , a documentary short about the filmmaker’s journey to Wyoming where her great uncle, a former mine worker, was buried, and where she miraculously discovers the buried history of what were once Wyoming’s “Jap Towns.” First time director June INUZUKA weaves together the personal journey and the history at large with a mélange of techniques including personal accounts and archive images and footage."
So my ever talented mother June has been passionately working on this film for many years and recently the AAIFF, the Asian American International Film Festival, has invited her to fly to New York and talk with them about it! I cannot say how proud I am of my mother and this film. It's so inspiring to see more Asian American, and even midwest based films and of course my ever hardworking mother to get some well deserved recognition.
I cant stress how well written, researched, sincere this film is. Its real history, with real discovery and drama. My mother has carved her story into the books, and my own history as well in poetic narration that made my eyes tear. Armed with only the name of her great uncle, she searches for his grave along with the truth about early Japanese American life.
I can honestly say that there is no film I have ever seen like it and hey, the short animation section introducing Cowgirl Sushi was made by yours truly. I had a great time working on her design and look forward to developing it even further.
Cowgirl Sushi is my mother's production logo girl who is this bad-ass Japanese American vagabond packin' the heat of a shamoji (rice paddle) as her weapon. She's tough, smart and rides a giant sushi through the desert. Yeah. My brother Sam Dreskin designed the official poster (see above ) and joined me lending our voices for the animation. My sister Andrea Dreskin did a beautiful press package and I gotta say its pretty dark cute how we all worked together.
So here's a few sneak peeks at the animation and film!
The documentary as a whole is really worth checking out, please like it on facebook!
And now for the Sketch of the Month!
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See you next time!