Yuta Okamura & Tadamori Yagi Interview: Waking Up

Awarding winning short film Waking Up directed by Yuta Okamura is a about a man who works an a crematorium and recognizes one of the bodies as a professor he once knew which opens up a rediscovery of himself. The script was written by Kimberly Hwang and stars Tadamori Yagi

Director Yuta Okamura and Lead Actor Tadamori Yagi talk about their short film WAKING UP,” that will be screening at the Asians On Film Festival February 16, 2013 @ 9:00PM.

Scott: Where is this story come from?

Yuta: First of all, Kimberly wrote the script, and my producer Vanessa and I chose it because we thought it has very strong universal message. Film is about regret of this artist, and I found sympathy with the character. After graduation, I often talked about our friends like “What we do? Are you gonna still do filmmaking?”. Some of my friends went back home. There are unclear fear around us to face to our own life after the graduation. I think everyone passes this kind of time, and even this discussion focuses on graduated student, but it’s very universal because I believe everyone wonder their own future. That’s why I thought it could be an universal film with my personal experiences.

Scott: How did you meet this man (pointing to Tad, the lead actor)?

Yuta: I met him at audition. We called a lot of actors for this role, Jake, and met great actors. But you know, if you meet many actors, you start to feel everyone is same. I found most actors have great skill and talent, but couldn’t find unique speciality from them. But when Tad enters the room, he has something different- something unique. He can bring his personality into the character and make it real. Tad brought us so many things we had not be able to find from the script. That’s what we are finding- someone who can make the character three dimensional. So after the audition, we didn’t discuss anything about this role. We all knew Tad is the best choice.

Scott: What do you think about the ending of the film? What did you try to do with it?

Yuta: As you know, it is very simple story. It’s obvious that you cannot make this story into a feature film, but that’s the greatest thing about making short film. Audience can fill spaces after watching it. In the ending, Jake starts to change his life, but not dramatically. We don’t know what he will do after the moment. You can imagine a lot of different ways. Actually, it much better to blight each of them’s choice. My biggest work of this film was to express this strong feeling of courage and decision. If you could feel its transformation, this film works. Once you get the first step, the rest of steps follow you.

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Lua Hadar and her global jazz band Twist, Live in Concert, introducing 14-year old singer-songwriter phenom Josh Reinier

Fresh from the acclaimed release of their new CD and DVD, Like A Bridge, world jazz ensemble LUA HADAR with TWIST presents a family-friendly concert of cosmopolitan jazz.

The concert will feature songs from around the world as well as American jazz standards performed with the band’s signature ‘twist,’ in styles, from samba to swing. Special Guest on the program is 14-year old singer-songwriter phenom, Josh Reinier.

Celebrating Women Musicians Concert Series presents this fun and eclectic world jazz concert by Vocalist Lua Hadar and her band of top international musicians: Music Director Jason Martineau on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass, Kent Bryson on drums, Ian Dogole on Global Percussion, Larry De La Cruz on reeds.

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Discounted Tickets Online at http://luahadaratmma-eorg.eventbrite.com/

Hi res photo downloads: http://www.luahadar.com/downloads.html
Websites: http://luahadar.com; http://likeabridge.net
Press Kit: http://bit.ly/LikeABridgeCDPressKit

Fresh from the acclaimed release of their new CD and DVD, Like A Bridge, world jazz ensemble LUA HADAR with TWIST presents a family-friendly concert of cosmopolitan jazz.

The concert will feature songs from around the world as well as American jazz standards performed with the band’s signature ‘twist,’ in styles, from samba to swing. Special Guest on the program is 14-year old singer-songwriter phenom, Josh Reinier.

Celebrating Women Musicians Concert Series presents this fun and eclectic world jazz concert by Vocalist Lua Hadar and her band of top international musicians: Music Director Jason Martineau on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass, Kent Bryson on drums, Ian Dogole on Global Percussion, Larry De La Cruz on reeds.

Saturday, February 16 at 8pm. Musically Minded Academy in the Rockridge section of Oakland at 5776 Broadway. Easy, free street parking and BART accessible. Tickets: $15/adult ($20 at the door) $8/student, senior, child ($12 at the door).

Discounted Tickets Online at http://luahadaratmma-eorg.eventbrite.com/

Hi res photo downloads: http://www.luahadar.com/downloads.html
Websites: http://luahadar.com; http://likeabridge.net
Press Kit: http://bit.ly/LikeABridgeCDPressKit

ABOUT LUA HADAR with TWIST
Lua Hadar with Twist performs international standards with a different ‘twist’ on style; presenting also original and rarely performed songs, in several languages. English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Malagasy (the language of Madagascar) are represented in theIr new CD and DVD, Like A Bridge. The Like A Bridge DVD was just released in November at San Francisco’s historic Balboa Theater. The CD, recorded in the same sessions with the DVD, is receiving critical acclaim and airplay on over 100 radio stations, across the USA and in Canada, The Netherlands, Germany, England and Brazil. www.likeabridge.net

Hadar says “We’re honored to perform in this series, which was created to Inspire musical excellence through positive role models. As a teaching artist, I know that what we directly teach our youth is just as potent as what models we show them. I felt this would be a perfect opportunity to present young Josh Reinier, with whom I had the pleasure of working at the San Francisco Opera. As an independent artist-producer, I also want to show youth that they can create their own opportunities, rather than wait for someone else to create them. That is what I have done with Twist since its inception in 2007.”

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