WINNER: Best Supporting Actress

Akiko Shima won Best Supporting Actress for her role in our film American Hikikomori at the 4th Annual Asians on Film Festival !

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Actor Naoyuki Ikeda, Actress Akiko Shima, Producer Kana Watanabe, Director Landis Stokes

From the Asians on Film Festival website:

Asians on Film started as something small in 2010 as a way to promote Asian American minorities in Hollywood and break down stereotypes and create more representation in film and TV.

As the audience grew, so did AOF. Before long, we expanded into providing free services in support of talent and events that matched our mission:

Asians on Film is devoted to arts & entertainment with a primary focus in providing recognition to the talent of Asian/Pacific Islanders who are minorities in the film industry either as talents, filmmakers and/or those who work in other aspects of filmmaking.

In 2012, AOF started a short film festival in Los Angeles designed differently from all other festivals and with judges actually kept from the public to ensure as much fairness as possible in the process. Programming was done based on weighted average of the judges. All of this was due to the under-representation of Asian Americans at film festivals, and as a short film festival, specifically to focus attention on new and emerging talent.

The festival now in it’s fourth year has grown dramatically with over 300 submissions last year and 17 festival awards. The festival has also expanded to include special screenings of “Best of Fest” throughout the year in other cities with a goal of having screenings in Asia and Europe in 2016.

Post Screening Q&A. Watch it here
Akiko Shima accepting her Best Supporting Actress Award

ありがとうございました to AOFF for your hospitality and for the opportunity to showcase our film in your wonderful festival. We always felt welcomed and absolutely loved the congenial atmosphere.

Actor Naoyuki Ikeda, Producer Kana Watanabe, Director Landis Stokes, Composer Karin Okada

We are very proud and honored by Akiko Shima’s Best Supporting Actress win as well as Naoyuki Ikeda’s Best Supporting Actor nomination.

Actress Akiko Shima, Actor Yuto Serata, Producer Kana Watanabe, Director Landis Stokes, Actor Naoyuki Ikeda

Photos courtesy of Mike Barnum, Naoyuki Ikeda and Steve Lam Photo
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Great news!



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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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!


Mark your calendars:

Japan Film Festival LA
September 26, 2015
Starting at 5pm
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 Secret IS… There is NO Secret

It has been about a month since I’ve checked in here on WordPress but we’ve been somewhat busy in life and over on Twitter and Facebook.

We’re still submitting our film to festivals and have yet to hear back on a few we’re really eager to enter. In the meantime, I’m also trying to look more venues to screen our film.

During my internet search I came across this article, “How I Raised $150,000 on Kickstarter: The Secret is There is NO ‘Secret’.” It’s a good, honest read.

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Keep on, keepin’ on…

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Our first International Award!!

Still from the short film, American Hikikomori
Still from the short film, American Hikikomori

So… I was going through my email and hadn’t realized our film won it’s first international award… in JAKARTA, INDONESIA… at the World Film Awards Film Festival!

American Hikikomori won the Golden World Award in the International Film category. The award winning film is screening Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 1:03pm if you’re in the country!


Our film, American Hikikomori, is finally making its Los Angeles debut at the Indie Night Film Festival!!

From the venue…

Indie Night now has a new location. We’ve been at the TCL Chinese Theater for about a year and wanted to have our very own home! ***Please notify your cast, crew, and guests and also note the new time is 3:00p-7:00p***

Downtown Independent Cinema
251 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Saturdays 3:00pm-7:00pm

There is no cover for the event but there is a 2 item minimum at the door. This includes either 1 Non-alcoholic beverage and 1 popcorn for $14 OR 1 Alcoholic beverage and 1 popcorn for $18.

“See you at the movies!”

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American Hikikomori gets its first festival laurel!!

American Hikikomori is an official selection of the 2015 15th Annual DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival!!


American Hikikomori will be shown as part of the “Shorts Program: We Are The Choices We Make” starting at 6:00pm on Saturday April 18, 2015. The program will be held at US Navy Memorial Burke Theatre located at 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20004

If you’re in the DC or Baltimore area head on over and check it out!

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