FILMMAKING

Currently crowdfunding AND in post-production for film #2 as writer-director-producer, "FITNESS! or a story about SWEAT" -- check out our indiegogo campaign here. We would appreciate your support in making this film the best it can be!!!

"okaasan (mom)" - WATCH THE TRAILER:

In rural Japan, a mother and daughter attempt to reconnect after dealing with the loss of a loved one the previous year.

Written, Directed & Produced by Kana Hatakeyama

online premiere in the fall : 10-23-19

FILM FESTIVAL SCREENINGS:

Dallas International Film Festival - WINNER OF SPECIAL JURY AWARD FOR BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

New Orleans Film Festival - WINNER OF AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

Nitehawk Shorts Festival - WINNER OF AUDIENCE AWARD & FIRST TIME FILMMAKER AWARD

Brooklyn Film Festival

Nantucket Film Festival

Bushwick Film Festival

San Diego Asian Film Festival 

CAAMFest37

EuroAsia Shorts, a festival hosted by various embassies and cultural centers in DC

NY Indie Theatre Film Festival

Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival

REVIEWS:

"...a simple and subtle film, but its emotions are very real and deeply felt...this is a quietly beautiful film that shuns cheap sentimentality and completely earns its moving payoff through hard work." - J.B. Spins

"This is director Kana Hatakeyama's love letter to her mother. It is a wonderful little film...I can't recommend the film enough...And let's put Kana Hatakeyama on our "people to watch out for list" because if she can make a short this stunning what is going to happen when she is turned loose on a feature?" - Unseen Films

"The underlying emotions are brought out until there is a climax in a one-two punch of powerful scenes at the end which should move audiences and caps a very well shot and immersive short. Camerawork is excellent so we truly enjoy the beautiful Japanese landscape but the most beautiful thing of all is the honesty that mother and daughter show in the bittersweet ending." - V Cinema Show