Attention Bay Area PBS viewers, check out the latest short Doc I completed with K Pacific collaborator Chihiro Wimbush.  DON’T LOSE YOUR SOUL, is about Anthony Brown and Mark Izu, seminal figures in the Asian American Jazz movement.  Premiering on KQED, channel 9 in HD on Mother’s Day May 13th at 11pm as well as on the14th at 5am if you happen to be up that early or winding down your Sunday night mother’s day binge drinking.

A DVD of film was offered as a pledge premium during APEX EXPRESS’ KPFA Spring Fund Drive, SUPPORT KPFA AND INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY SPONSORED MEDIA.  Check out Anthony and Mark’s interview here:

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.

Below are some production stills I took from one of our shoots in Japan.

Just in case you haven’t had enough the trailer:


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.

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DP: Vicente Franco films Arnel, walking down the street in Olongapo