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abril 23rd, 2013


The Japan American National Museum- the venue of our premier screening!


The Hafu Project Presentation at the Hapa Japan Conference


180 people attended!


The film is about to start!


Post-screening discussion and jokes


Our infographics animation playing in the background.


The Japan American National Museum- the venue of our premier screening!


The Hafu Project Presentation at the Hapa Japan Conference


180 people attended!


The film is about to start!


Post-screening discussion and jokes


Our infographics animation playing in the background.

The Last Stretch

noviembre 6th, 2011

Click to watch our video message. 私達からのビデオメッセージ

It’s a Wrap!

We are thrilled to announce that we have just returned from our final film shoot! We filmed with our fifth Hafu participant- Fusae- who is a Korean and Japanese mix. You can read more about her here.

The time has finally come to turn off our cameras and power up our hard drives and computers as we head into the post-production phase of our film. Our goal is to get this film done within the first half of next year so that we can start sending it off to film festivals and planning our screening tour.

In order for us to finish the film, we need to raise at least 1million yen (approximately US$10,000) by December 11th to cover the costs of editing, sound mixing, color correction, subtitling etc. We have launched a fundraising campaign through Indiegogo.com, the world’s largest fundraising platform. http://www.indiegogo.com/hafu-film

We know that many of you have contributed to our project in the past. Thank you so much as we wouldn’t have gotten this far with out you. We humbly ask you to consider giving again, so we can take this film to its completion. This time, you’ll have the opportunity to get more involved with the various perks such as CD Albums and works of art from our favorite half-Japanese artists.

Please click on the image above to watch our video message. Thank you again for all your support!


撮影終了!

先週、最後の撮影が終わりました。神戸市で5人目のハーフ、韓国と日本の房江さんを取材しました。彼女のプロファイルはこちらで読めます。

いよいよ、カメラをしまって、コンピュータを使う時が来ました。編集に頑張ります!映画を来年の前半に完成し、そこから映画祭に応募したり、上映ツーアを行いたいと考えています。その為、編集、マスターリングやサウンドミックス等の費用を払うのに、約100万円が必要です。Indiegogo.comという様々なアーティストのお金が必要なプロジェクトを紹介するグロバル・ファンディング・プラトフォームを使用し、寄付募集のキャンペーンを開始しました。http://www.indiegogo.com/hafu-film

皆様の中にもうすでに寄付してくださった方々もいらっしゃると思います。おかげさまでここまで制作ができました。最終段階を成功させる為に今一度寄付をお願いしたいです。

Indiegogoはいろいろな寄付レベルがあります。レベルにより、面白いプレゼントがあります。例えば、ハーフミュージシャンのCDアルバムとかハーフアーティストの作品がもらえるかもしれません。 5000円($50)のレベルでは私達のハーフフィルムのDVDをもらう事ができます。

上記のイメージをクリックして、私達の切実な声をお聞きください。そして、是非キャンペーンにご参加ください。よろしくお願い致します。

After the quake

marzo 20th, 2011

皆様

東北大震災が起こって一週間が経ちました。被害を受けられた方々に心よりお見舞いを申し上げます。

ハーフフィルムの制作者と参加している方はみんな大丈夫ですが撮影は一旦中断しました。東北への支援活動にこの映画がどのように貢献できるかを今考えています。それまで、現地で活動している二つの団体を紹介します。もし良かったらピースボートJENに寄付をお願いします。

また、アメリカのニュージャージー州の小学校の音楽先生のSean Ichiro Mainesが送ってくださったビデオをご覧ください。小学生が日本の皆様の為に「春が来た」を歌っています。

ハーフフィルムチーム より

Dear friends,

Over a week has passed since the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the coasts of north-eastern Japan.

We offer our deepest condolences to those in the affected areas and hope that you and your loved ones in Japan are safe.

Everyone directly connected to the Hafu Project–the core team and the film participants–are doing well and slowly returning to our normal routines. We have stalled production for now but hope to get back to filming with our participants soon.

We also hope to do what we can within the power of this film to help with relief efforts. We will be brainstorming on this and get back to you shortly.

In the meantime, we ask that you contribute to two great organizations working on the ground: JEN and Peace Boat.

Here is also a wonderful video sent by fellow hafu Sean Ichiro Manes who is an elementary music teacher in NJ. Spring will come to Japan.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJZzfV24DdY]

With love,

Hafu Film team

Happy New Year!

enero 2nd, 2011

Happy New Year!! 明けましておめでとうございます☆

We can hardly believe that a full year has passed since we began filming! A lot of exciting things have happened for us in 2010.  In review,  we first began filming with David and the Oi family. In the summer, we then started filming with our two additional participants Ed and the newbie hafu. We had a number of successful fundraisers in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Kyoto and as result we’ve been able to cover much of our initial production expenses. Thank you!!

We were written up in three publications- Japan Times, Metropolis magazine and CNNgo and as the word-spread about our project,  we’ve received tremendous support from people volunteering their time and skills with the film. As a result we released our teaser which is spreading throughout the interwebs. We are now nearing completion on filming David and the Oi Family this month and will continue with our other three stories through the summer. All of this wouldn’t have been possible with you!

Now that it’s 2011, we are excited to move towards the completion of the film. We are still looking for our final participant who is of Asian-mix, so if you are interested or know of anyone please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.   We also have a lot of goodies in-store for you in 2011 so if you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter to receive our latest information or follow us on twitter and facebook. Thank you again for you support thus far! 今年もよろしくお願い致します!

Lots of love,

Hafu Film Team

Filming Mixed Roots Kansai

diciembre 21st, 2010

One of the five Hafus we are filming is Ed. Ed is amazing. He brings so much to this film that we can’t wait to share his story with you. One thing that Ed does that we admire and are avidly filming is the community he started called Mixed Roots Kansai. Like us, Ed too believes that Japan is changing and he has created this community to reach out to not only hafus but to other people in Japan who are from diverse backgrounds. This includes many people who are from other countries and have either moved to Japan early in their life or were born and raised here and identify Japan as their true home. There was a great article published about his work on CNNgo just a few days after ours entitled «Will there ever be a rainbow Japan?»

At the end of November, we went and filmed Ed at a day long event he put on with his community. Lara, Marcia and I boarded an overnight bus from Tokyo along with David Yano, his brother’s band Genez, and a MC Beto and headed to Kobe-where Ed is based. The event was a afternoon workshop held at the Kobe Center for Overseas Migration and Cultural Interaction-where Japanese citizens were trained before they were shipped off to work in Brazil and Peru. We won’t lie we were a bit exhausted from the lack of sleep but as soon as the day kicked off, we were in production mode. Here’s a photo recap of the day. Photos courtesy of Ryu Kodama.

And were off to Kobe! Overnight bus departing from Tokyo

Megumi and Lara "sleeping" 😉

Team Hafu ready for action. Props to Sara our trusty right-hand woman!

Ed (gray turtleneck) breaking the ice with the participants. David included.

Every got down and dirty writing songs together.

Song presentation time!

David performing a ballad number

MC Beto and his sisters perform!

Lara filming Genez

Marcia presenting the Hafu Project.

The workshop concluded with a discussion/symposium on the growing diversity in Japan.

Ed sharing his personal views on the term "mixed roots"