JAKE SHIMABUKURO: Life on Four Strings – World premiere

UPDATED 5/10/2012
JAKE SHIMABUKURU: LIFE ON FOUR STRINGS made it’s world premiere at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival on March 14th, 2012.  Jake played a special set after the screening, which included Jakes Mother and brother, with some difficulty as Jake was quite choked up after the screening, which feels like a measure of success if you can get your subject to cry on stage after seeing a film about himself.  He professed that the doc communicated things to his family that he rarely is ever able to verbalize directly.  Congratulations to the CENTER FOR ASIAN AMERICAN MEDIA, Donald Young and Tad Nakamura, the world premiere was the culmination of 2 years of work put in, I served as the primary shooter.  The film is slated to air on the National PBS schedule, winter of 2013.  Jake’s story & music will be presented to new audiences, potentially reaching millions of Americans across the country.


If you don’t know Jake Shimabukuro, you will shortly.  Simply one of the most engaging solo musical virtuosos on the stage today.  Taking a simple four string instrument, the Ukulele to the most complex and sublime heights.  I have served as a contributing Cinematographer on this long form documentary forthcoming in 2011.  The production has taken us to both coasts of the US, Hawaii and Japan.

Published by Jim Choi

Independent Film Maker based in Oakland, CA.

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