RECENT WORK

In this short documentary, 88-year-old Yutaka Kobayashi shares his struggles as a Japanese American before and leading up to the World War II Japanese American Internment Camps. Surprisingly, it was during this dark period that he experienced compassion and kindness from where he least expected it, a gun tower guard from within the Topaz Internment Camp.

People Aren't All Bad has screened in various film festivals throughout the United States and was recently a finalist for Smithsonian Magazine's In Motion Video Contest.

WHAT I'M WORKING ON

         
Good Luck Soup is a trandsmedia documentary project on the post-internment lives of Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians that will be told through a documentary film and a web-based interactive documentary.

The Good Luck Soup documentary is a personal film that reveals the post-WWII experience of being Japanese American in the American Midwest. Told from the perspective of 29-year-old filmmaker Matthew Hashiguchi, the story follows his journey as he uncovers the experiences of his own Japanese American family in Cleveland, Ohio, from the time they left the internment camps until the present day.

Good Luck Soup Interactive is an interactive documentary and participatory storytelling project that will reveal the resettlement and migration of Japanese American and Japanese Canadian Internment Camp victims after they left the internment camps. The stories will be told through uploaded text and photographs from internment camp victims, or their families, and will be shared through an interactive website and map.

Successfully fundraised $15,803 through Kickstarter in May 2014.

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