The inaugural Snowtown Film Festival (WEBSITE) took place this past weekend in my hometown of Watertown, NY, and it was an honour to have my short documentary "Even the Birds Need to be Loved" screened in the short films strand (INFO).
It was an additional honour to receive a Filmmaker's Award, and although I was not able to make the trip from Japan to be in attendance at the festival, my longtime friend (and former boss!) Rebecca, read out my statement:
Although I am not able to be at the inaugural Snowtown Film Festival in person as I am in Japan, I am there with you in spirit. I was born in Watertown, and although we moved around a lot when I was child, I returned as a teenager where I graduated from Watertown High School.
Watertown is where I had so many “firsts”, the experiences in my youth that helped to form who I have become.
I had part time jobs in Watertown like waiting tables, working in a restaurant kitchen, and I even delivered singing telegrams there for a time. I attended Jefferson Community College, where I continued to learn from experiences in the classroom, part-time jobs and leadership opportunities.
It is therefore a great honour and privilege to have one of my earliest Japanese-language short films “Even the Birds Need to Be Loved” screened and recognized at Snowtown Film Festival in my hometown. Thank you all so very much for your continued support and encouragement.
The Uno’s, the elderly couple documented in the film, are both well and still very much in love. May their story remind you of what is most important in this life: Family, Love and Health. And Red Wine!
An article about the festival and awards published in the Watertown Daily Times (Feb.1) can be found HERE.