Monday, January 18, 2016

Juggling film

Working on several films simultaneously is like a juggling act, and trying to switch the gears in my head quickly between projects can be quite challenging.  While my aim is to never drop one of the balls, I am also not always able to follow them as they orbit through the air.

An example of this is when I am not able to accompany one of my films to screenings abroad.  While the past three years have seen me traveling abroad nearly every month for screenings in international festivals and conferences, 2016 will see me locked down in the edit suite for the most part as I am currently in post-production for three different feature documentaries that I have been working on for the past several years in the background between trips abroad.

Although I will not be there in person, I will be there in spirit for these upcoming screenings of my film '-1287' (2014).  It is such an honour that this film continues to be programmed and resonate with audiences around the world.  Thank you all so very much for your support!

Detailed information about '-1287' and these upcoming screenings can be found on the film's website (HERE).

Snowtown Film Festival
Watertown, NY, January 29-30, 2016
January 30 at 11:00AM

Lane Honors Program, Lane Community College
Eugene, Oregon,
February 3 at 4:30PM

SoCal Film Fest
Huntington Beach, California, February 10-13, 2016
February 11 at 4PM

Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival Tour
Various cities, Taiwan, March-June 2016
Screening cities, dates and times TBA

========================== January 24, 2016 UPDATE =====================

Ahead of the screening in Snowtown Film Festival, THIS article was published in my hometown newspaper, the Watertown Daily Times.


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Dying at Home

 ***** UPDATE January 28, 2016 at 22:00 START *****

"Dying at Home" is now available to watch FREE online worldwide until February 10, 2016 on the NHK World website (HERE).   Thank you all so much for watching and for your support!

 ***** UPDATE January 28, 2016 at 22:00 END *****

It has already been a wonderful but busy start to the new year.  After the winter break split between visits with family in the US and Japan, I was back to work on the documentary program commissioned by NHK World.  I have been working on the film, called "Dying at Home", since last summer, and we locked picture on it last month (STORY).  Last week, we completed the English subtitles for the film, and the materials for the PR of the film were prepared.  The 28-minute program, about Dr. Konta, a home physician in Fukushima, will be premiering across the globe on NHK World on January 27 (more info on that below).

Not wanting to lose momentum, I traveled back to Fukushima last weekend to continue filming for the feature version of the film.  While the 28-minute version documents the time I spent with Dr. Konta over five months last year, the feature version will document an entire year of home visits with her patients over the backdrop of Mount Bandai and Lake Inawashiro changing colours across four gorgeous seasons.

Photo from this week's shoot in Fukushima, courtesy Dr. Konta's Facebook page
Although the 28-minute version will only be screening on NHK World, "Dying at Home" will be featured on NHK 1, the main channel in Japan, on a show called "Doki Doki World TV".  Filmed in November (PHOTOS), that program will be airing this coming Sunday (Jan 17) at 10:40pm on NHK1 (INFO).

"Dying at Home" be screening four times on January 26/ 27/ 28 (depending on your time zone), and can be viewed across the globe via LIVE streaming on the NHK World website (info and schedule HERE).   Thank you all so very much for your support!

Broadcast Schedule JST (Japan) 
  • Wed, Jan 27 at 8:30
  • Wed, Jan 27 at 14:30
  • Wed, Jan 27 at 21:30
  • Thurs, Jan 28 at 2:30
***** The above website should list the schedule for the timezone in which it is accessed.  For times on the NHK World channel, please check the local listings. *****

 ***** UPDATE January 17, 2016 at 23:00 *****

Here are some stills from tonight's broadcast of Doki Doki World TV on which I appeared to promote the upcoming broadcast of "Dying at Home":