Hailing from Nyack, NY, Nadja came into acting in mid life, uncovering her desire through doing the exercises inThe Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. After getting her first call back at her first audition, she knew she was on the right path. Some of her favorite experiences have included working with Danny Glover in “The Shift” and with Channing Tatum & Jonah Hill for a “21 Jump Street” promo. Currently residing in Los Angeles , but with a home in Nyack, she considers herself bi-coastal & most fortunate to enjoy both the Apple & the Orange. Her most recent work can be seen in “Purge: The Anarchy” promo as an historian & on Funny or Die, “Supertaco”.
First and foremost we’d like to thank Vanessa Smith, Tony Shaff, Kyoka Shiraiwa, Jessica Everleth, “Nonbehime,” and our anonymous donors for contributing to our INDIEGOGO campaign! We could not do this without your support.
It has been said, “There are no small roles in a film, only small people.” And I’m a witness; a true believer. From the moment I started learning about who Hikikomori are and how important family dynamics play into their psychosis AND recovery I knew I needed something to symbolize the typical family. Why not a family photo?
For the story we’re trying to tell, we needed someone to fill in the role of Isamu’s mother. In context of the film, Isamu’s Mother has already left the family after having an affair and divorce. Thus, Isamu’s mother never makes an on screen appearance outside of a photograph. For some reason, casting this film in Los Angeles proved to be more of a challenge than we had originally anticipated. Especially when you need native speakers. We posted casting advertisements for months on casting sites and forum boards but it just didn’t seem like anyone was interested or took us seriously… until we found Nami Paix. Thank you, Nami for taking the time to hang out with us on a random Saturday to take some pictures for our small film. The thirty minutes you spent with us has enhanced a project we’ve spent the last two years developing.
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Location location location…
When you shoot a film, a television show, or even a photograph, your location really does have an impact on your logistics, crew, and content. You wouldn’t make Lawrence of Arabia in Iceland or The Jungle Book in New York. You could, but it would be weird.
Lately, a lot less production actually takes place in Hollywood than it used to. Other cities, states, and even countries are giving production companies major incentives to have them come in and make a film or television show in their area.
Part of the reason Hollywood became a major hub for film and television production was because of the constant sunny weather AND because almost every type of climate imaginable is just a few hours drive away. From desert to forest to beach to mountains, California has it all. However, California still seems to lack competitive incentives for producers to stay…
But I don’t want to talk about that.
Outside of production, what’s amazing about traveling is how it impacts us as human beings. Well, I don’t want to speak for you but it has had a great impact on me.
I spent the first eight years of my life living the military family lifestyle. I was born over seas and we moved several times before my father decided to retire.
Because we moved around, I learned that the world is indeed a very large place and, more importantly, that I want to see and experience as much of it as I can. Sure, any one can open a book or turn on a television to get an idea of what any place is like but it will never compare to actually being there, good or bad.
After graduating from high school, the first city I lived in on my own (for college) was Boston, Massachusetts. Moving from Baltimore, Maryland to Boston was… educational. I learned a lot about myself and the values I truly hold dear for how I want to live my life. That’s not because Boston is a great mecca that people should make a spiritual pilgrimage to, that’s ridiculous. Have you been to Boston? It was simply the first place I lived without the sheltering protection of my parents. It was the first time I could look at myself as an adult. Most of us spend the first eighteen years of our life in “training.” Once you’re out in the world, that training is put to the test morally, financially, and socially on a constant basis. For me, a lot of values stuck while others morphed and some were completely dropped.
I lived in Boston for two years before transferring south to go to film school. I would never choose to live in Boston again (my wallet couldn’t take it) but I know living there continued to shape who I am today. I’d love to return for a visit someday.
There’s no place like Boston and I can always point out a New Englander or “Mass-hole” anywhere. Some of my good friends are from this region and this city. Some might find the Boston or New England mentality off putting. Since moving to Los Angeles, I sometimes find it refreshing.
Traveling (even city to city) really does broaden the mind and strengthen the soul. Do it when you can, as often as you can. You’ll learn so much about the world and yourself.
Our film, American Hikikomori, speaks more to the pitfalls of traveling. This story is about a young man who can’t seem to cope with his new surroundings so; instead, he removes himself from it completely. He hides from everything. Researchers have concluded that Hikikomori exist partly because parents refuse to intervene in a direct or meaningful way.
First and foremost we’d like to thank Vanessa Smith, Tony Shaff, Kyoka Shiraiwa, and Jessica Everleth for contributing to our INDIEGOGO campaign! We could not do this without your support.
American Hikikomori is a film about loneliness and self induced isolation. Overwhelming pressures to succeed, feelings of rejection or abandonment, and even a great sense of failure can drive one to loneliness or isolation. In a sense, all three of the major characters are coping with a type of loneliness and isolation in their own way. American Hikikomori is also a film about the dissolution of a family as they each choose to isolate themselves from each other.
In Japan, Isamu Fujihara, our protagonist, could be considered a typical teenager. Not necessarily a super popular student but an “A” student with friends and great potential for a prosperous future. However, once his parents’ marriage falls apart, Isamu’s world is turned upside down. After a bitter divorce, his father is granted custody of Isamu and takes him to the U.S. to finish school. Because of a language barrier, overall social rejection, and growing contempt for his father, Isamu shuts down and secludes himself to his room.
Isamu’s father is a traveling businessman who spent too much time on the road and not enough time looking after his family. A fresh divorcee after twenty years of marriage, his wife abandoned him and his teenage son. Unable to fully accept his failed marriage, he continues to hide behind his work leaving his teenage son, Isamu, displaced in a new country with his elderly mother. Isamu’s grandmother runs the household while his father is away but she pampers Isamu too much. An elderly widow, also in a foreign country, she tries to support Isamu’s father as he tries to further his career and pick up the pieces of his failed marriage.
For more information on our cast, simply follow the link to our website. You can help us finish our film by joining our team!