Although the script for American Hikikomori was finished in late 2012, two more years would pass before we could begin principle photography. An additional year would pass in order to complete post-production in early 2015.
It’s been a long but rewarding journey from script to screen. We are proud to present our short film as the labor of love we truly intended it to be.
Best Supporting Actress – 2015 Asians on Film Jury Selection
Honorable Mention Best Supporting Actor – 2015 Asians on Film Jury Selection
Golden World Award for International Film – 2015 World Film Awards
Award of Merit – 2015 Best Shorts Competition
JFFLA 2015 Submission Award – 2015 Japan Film Festival Los Angeles
Best Supporting Actress – 2016 Asians on Film Festival
The folks over at Cinema Nippon enjoyed our film so much, they decided to do a video review of it.
What is Cinema Nippon?
From their Youtube channel: “Cinema Nippon, a study in Japanese film. On this channel, you’ll find videos analyzing some cult classic Japanese movies, as well as some more obscure ones.”
Who doesn’t like film? What film fan doesn’t want to learn more about Japanese Film?
Eli and Kylie are genuine cinema fans and really do their homework. It’s very refreshing to feel how excited and passionate they are to share these films with their growing fan base. After subscribing to their channel myself, I have discovered a few more films I need to check out.
We are very grateful for Cinema Nippon’s review and their excitement in sharing our film with their followers!
Our beloved film (and blog namesake) is an official selection of the 2nd Annual, 2017 Silicon Beach Film Festival!!
If you’ve been following us on Twitter or Facebook, you know that our film is playing tomorrow at 6pm at the Cinemark 18XD in the Howard Hughes Promenade in Los Angeles, California. Or just follow this link.
Here’s a few photos from the red carpet opening and a green screen session to build a phone app that launches exclusively with the film festival.
We’ve all got baggage. Everyone has at least a carry on or personal item.
Some people are better at handling their baggage than others. It can be big and awkward or small and discreet.
No one wants to carry your baggage. They may offer to help you but ultimately you own it and have to deal with it.
I’m in my late 30’s and I absolutely have baggage. The difference now, as opposed to ten years ago, is that my baggage is pretty light and compact. I have learned that carrying everything with me was just not efficient or good for my health. It really slowed me down and sometimes got in the way of some relationships I really valued and held me back from destinations I wanted to visit.
Fortunately, I’ve been lucky enough to meet people who’ve shown me how to re-evaluate my journey.
Now, I pack light. I only take the essentials and even then, I try to leave enough space for better experiences and people to enrich my journey.
Now, my baggage doesn’t weigh me down as much. I still have post cards and stickers that remind me of where I’ve been. No point in forgetting the lessons I’ve learned.
Now I try to enjoy my journey as more and more destinations come and go.
Memories are your souvenirs in this journey of life. Why not focus on collecting the good ones and leaving the bad ones behind where you found them?
It’s not like any of us knows when this trip is over.