American Hikikomori @ the Culver City Film Festival

American Hikikomori is an official selection of the Culver City Film Festival!

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It will screen as part of the festival’s short block. You can get more info about the festival at: http://ow.ly/Vj14r

Come out and see our short film for FREE!!

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American Hikikomori is in the NEW HAVEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL!

Great news!

American Hikikomori is an OFFICIAL SELECTION of the NEW HAVEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL!

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Our short film will play as part of the “Shorts Internationale – 12 Non-Discriminating Shorts For Discriminating Tastes” program. Please share the great news and go check out the festival if you’re in the neighborhood.

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We are grateful and proud to have another opportunity to share our story.

I am truly grateful.

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YouTuber Doc: Black In Japan

One of our friends (thx Misty!!) told us about this great documentary, Black In Japan, by YouTubers Rachel & Jun.

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I personally loved it and think it’s worth a watch if you have any questions about visiting or living in the land of the rising son. Great perspectives and open minds. (Especially how African-Americans look at each other.) I love chill people and want to be friends with everyone they interviewed. No one sugar-coats their experience but they also don’t come across as being bitter, either.

I take nothing for granted with the relationship I have with my wife AND how her family has accepted me. Respect is a two-way street we constantly need to be mindful of when traveling the world and experiencing other people.

Personally, I can vouch for the staring when you’re in the country side or smaller towns. My wife has always been the first person to remind me how most places have very low interaction with foreigners, if any. So I chalk it up to curiosity and have won some of my own starring contests. Lol. But I’ve mentioned some of this before.

Overall my experiences (when we visit) have been great and I agree that it will always vary from person to person. There have been some awkward and not so great moments here and there but nothing that keeps us from going to see our people. I think (as with most places in the world) if you keep an open mind and try to stay around positive people / energy, you’ll have a great time.

Great video!!

Also check out their brilliant video about Cultural Appropriation!

#RealTalk #OpenUrMind

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American Hikikomori is in FilmFest52!

Great news, east coasters!! I am proud to announce, “American Hikikomori has been selected to screen at FilmFest52 at The Bethel Cinema in Bethel, CT at 7:00pm on Wednesday, October 7th.” Please go check it out if you’re in town or close by.

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We are honored and grateful.

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American Hikikomori @ Japan Film Festival Los Angeles (JFFLA)

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American Hikikomori won 1st prize (or audience choice) for the submissions screenings at JFFLA!! We are grateful for the opportunity to tell our story and meet other filmmakers.

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A very big, “ありがとうございました!” to the Japan Film Festival Los Angeles for showcasing our film.

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I’d also like thank all of our friends who came out to support us at the screening! I am honored and grateful for your support. It really means a lot.

In the meantime, stay tuned for more updates on future festival screenings and progress on our next film!

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“Tunnel of Love” director Akiyoshi Imazeki with “American Hikikomori” Producer Kana Watanabe, Director Landis Stokes, and Actress Akiko Shima

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American Hikikomori is in JFFLA!

We’re still not done, yet!!

We are proud to announce that our award winning short film, American Hikikomori, will be playing in the Japan Film Festival Los Angeles (JFFLA) at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) in historic Little Tokyo!

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Mark your calendars:

Japan Film Festival LA
September 26, 2015
Starting at 5pm
@
JACCC
244 S San Pedro St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2725

Come out for the film stay for the local culture and food. We hope to see you there!

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18 Ways to be more positive at work

We live in an age of privilege. It’s very easy to take even the simplest luxuries for granted.

Most people work hard to make any kind of living at jobs that wouldn’t be their first, second, or last choice. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do and not what you like do. (i.e. Being an adult)

I found this pic (via @WORLDNEWSDEMAND) for those hard days…

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The Best Shorts Competition

American Hikikomori recently won an “Award of Merit” in the Best Shorts Competition!

We are honored by this juried award and are absolutely grateful for the opportunity to share our story.

Awesome.

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American Hikikomori DVD’s are here!

Everyone who donated $50 or more to our Indiegogo campaign gets a copy of our short award winning film!

Thank you for supporting us!

We are truly grateful that you believed in us and wanted to help us tell this story.

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American Hikikomori @ the Indie Night Festival

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A big “Thank You!!” to Dave Brown for showcasing our film, American Hikikomori, in the Indie Night Film Festival last Saturday!! We are grateful for the opportunity to tell our story and meet other filmmakers.

Discussing the film
Discussing the film

We also give Dj Q-Nice a gold star for making several attempts in pronouncing the title of our film.

Akiko Shima talks about her experience working on the film.
Akiko Shima talks about her experience working on the film.

From the Indie Night Film Festival website:

INDIE NIGHT aims to elevate the craft of artists while giving them an avenue where they can be
recognized on a bigger platform, network and exchange info with new & established Hollywood
creatives.

To learn more about Dave Brown’s Indie Night Film Festival follow the link.

In the meantime, stay tuned for more updates on future festival screenings and progress on our next film!

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