Japan, USA, 2013, 83 mins, Color (Language)
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Director: Junya Sakino Screenwriter: Jeff Mizushima Executive Producer: Yuko Shiomaki Producer: Hiromitsu Senoo Co-Producer: Hiram Chan Director of Photography: Sam K. Yano Music: Daichi Yoshida Cast: Gaku Hamada, Eugene Kim, Marlane Barnes
A ʻʻSake-Bombʼʼ is a cocktail created by dropping a shot of sake into a pint of beer. It’s also a comedic road movie about a sarcastic Asian American and his Japanese cousin. Sebastian is a bitter, self-deprecating wannabe Internet star from Los Angeles. He has recently been dumped by his girlfriend and on the look-out for someone new. When his cousin Naoto, a naive sake maker from Japan, shows up to find his own ex-girlfriend, Sebastian takes him to north California to find her. They are a clash of cultures waiting to happen. Someone has to break first. Together they meet a colorful group of characters as they come to grips with who they are and the true nature of the girlfriends they are pursuing.
Junya Sakino He was born and raised in Japan. He moved to the United States in 2000 to pursue his directing career. In Japan, Sakino produced and directed television programs. In the states, his directorial debut The Jazz Addict was an official selection for Crested Butte Film Festival. Soon after he attended California State University Long Beach’s film program where he went on to direct Vanity Mirror, The Spiral Ring and Orizuru. Vanity Mirror won the Grand Prize for UTB Picture Battle competition. Orizuru hit the worldwide film festival circuit in 2006 and received a generous handful of awards including the Hollywood International Film Festival award for Best Period Drama, the Best Screenplay award at the Media Arts Festival, Best Film at No Nuke Festival. The film was eventually aired on PBS. Currently, Sakino has been working in the commercial and film industry. He has also worked with acclaimed directors such Kazuaki Kiriya and Shunji Iwai. His credits include”Takamine”, “Bandage”, “Bokutachi no Playball”, “Stolen”, “Halfway”, “Etienne!”, etc.
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KAREN RETURNS SOMETHING TO SCOTT
U.S.A., 2013, 5 mins, Color
Director/Producer: John Salicido
Minutes before getting marries, the groom-to-be (Oscar-nominated writer/director Andrew Bowler) summons his ex (Losing Control’s Miranda Kent) to return a prized possession.
A New Mexico native, John earned a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA in film production from USC. He has been producing and writing for cable and network television for the last ten years and won an Emmy for his work on the NBC documentary series Starting Over. Most recently, John produced two other Emmy-‐nominated series, Ice Road Truckers and Undercover Boss. John also continues his work as a screenwriter and film director. In 2007, John launched B-‐Side Pictures with Neil Evans, his long-‐time producing partner, and is currently developing several feature film projects, shorts and music videos. B-‐Side Pictures first project was the award-‐winning independent comedy “Bill,” starring Saturday Night Live’s Rachel Dratch and “This Is Ellen’s” own David Tenenbaum. In 2011 and 2012, B-‐Side Pictures’ second short “Cataplexy” screened at more than 50 film festivals worldwide and received 16 jury and audience awards.