Photo by Albert Siegel

(English follows Japanese)

こんにちは。映画「ハーフ」の西倉めぐみと高木ララです。

素晴らしいご報告がございます。まず、「ハーフ」の映画がいよいよ完成間近となりました。矢野デイビッドに初めてインタビューした日から時間が経つのはあっという間で、2年半が過ぎました。これも皆様のサポートのおかげです。心より感謝申し上げます。

現在、最後の仕上げを進行していると同時に次のステップに目を向けています。それは、配給です!

目標として、できるだけ数多くの日本人と海外の方々にご覧いただくには配給会社やテレビ局のバイヤーの方々に見てもらわなければなりません。通常、それは映画祭で行われます。

もし、東京にお住まいではない方がいらっしゃいましたら、お近くの映画祭の情報をお知らせください。

DVDをお待ちの皆様: こちらの都合で大変恐縮ですが、DVDの送付は映画の配給が決定するまで、今しばらくお待ちください。

この数年間、サポートしてくださいまして、誠にありがとうございます。後、もう少しです!今後とも何卒よろしくお願いします!

We are incredibly excited to announce that the film is nearing completion!

It has been an unbelievable journey over the course of 2.5 years– from when we first interviewed David to this moment now. We can’t thank you enough for helping us to get here.

As we work on finessing the final touches of the film,  we are also looking ahead towards the next phase of this filmmaking journey- getting distribution!

As our goal is to reach the widest possible audience both within in Japan and abroad, it is vital that we present our film in front of theatrical and television buyers. The best way of doing that  is to submit the film to film festivals worldwide.

Please let us know of any film festival near you so that we can make sure you have a chance to see “Hafu” on the big screen.

For those who are waiting for their DVD copy, we kindly ask for your patience until we secure a distribution deal.

Thank you again for all your support over the past several years. We are almost there!

やりました!12月12日、日本時間午後4時59分に私達のIndiegogoのキャンペーンが終了しました。最終的に$2万4千ドル(約186万円の寄付を集めることができました。イエーィ!この一ヶ月、サポートをしてくれた皆様に感謝をも押し上げます!凄い経験になり、次の段階(編集)を超える力を与えてもらいました。特に、このキャンペーンを担当してくれた、常泉 絵里香さんに感謝します。絵里香さんのおかげで成功しました。

We did it! At 4:59PM Tokyo Time on December 12th, (11:59  US Pacific Standard Time) our Indiegogo campaign came to an end. We raised a total of  US $24,000 which equals to approximately 1,863,000 yen.Woo hoo! Thank you again to all of those who supported us this past month. It has been an incredible experience for everyone on our team and it has really given us the energy to taken on the next step of post-production.We would also like to say a special than you to Erika Wiseberg, who spearheaded this campaign. We couldn’t do it with you!! If you are just learning about our film it is still possible to contribute to reserve your DVD (5000 yen) or add your name to the end credits (10,000yen DVD included) by contributing to our paypal account. 

We have received so many wonderful comments from all of you and would like to share some of them with you now:

“I’m hafu, born and raised in Argentina 31 years ago. My parents sent me to the only Japanese school in BA and they discriminated me for being hafu. It was a big struggle but I grew stronger and I still feel proud of being hafu and lucky for being the way I am. Your project left me in tears.”–Miriam Nagashima

“Am very much looking forward to watching the film. Thank you for bringing attention to the experience of people with multicultural backgrounds. I feel like it is something that is much needed as the world continues to globalize, so people can understand that being multicultural is something far more than just a novelty and has its own ups and downs. As a “hafu” myself I know from experience how a more widespread understanding is especially needed in Japan.” –Ryu Koyama

“My ex-wife is Japanese and I am American. We have one son and I worry about his future because the court ruled that I can only see him once every 6 weeks for 5 hours (this is about the average visitation for parents after divorce in Japan). My son is six. I want to be a bigger part of his life. So I fully support any effort to raise awareness about cultural issues in Japan, especially related to hafu.”–Kevin Brown

“….mixed ethnicity marriages and people are on the rise everywhere in the world. We need to make sure our leaders and governments and media industry recognize and include the multiple aspects of a person’s heritage, as this is true for the multi-cultural aspects of nearly everyone’s identity – visible or invisible, individually and/or collectively – on our planet.”–Robin Toma

“The mixed populace has been growing for years and it is beautiful to see works such as this that seek to capture the experiences that we go through. With so many mixed people still growing up or exploring their identity films like this can help show that we aren’t alone in our experiences and guide us all to a future where we can embrace our identities, mixed or mono-racial, in societies caught in constant flux. I commend Hafu and hope to see more like it! :)” – Kiyoshi Huston

これから映画の完成に向けて、編集に集中したいのでこのブログはしばらくお休みします。映画の完成の発表をするのを楽しみにしています。

We will now be heading into some serious editing and so it maybe a while again before we update you. Have a wonderful holiday season and see you in the new year!!

So many creative and talented people have come together to help make our Indiegogo campaign so successful. We still have over two weeks left to go on our campaign and there are still many many great gifts from the “Artist”category available. Please look closely at the items below as they may make an excellent holiday present for your loved one.

Asuka Ito's jewelry

Asuka Ito Jewelry Artist

My inspirations come from Japanese ancient philosophy that values nature and Latin-American joy. The brand name “Arándanos” means Blueberries in Spanish. Just like the sweet and sour taste of this fruit, I would like to keep on making cute and sophisticated accessories. I’ve started making accessories by myself, because I was seeking for cute ones, but I couldn’t find many, and also I really enjoy making them on my own time. I LOVE THE MIXTURE OF JAPANESE AND LATIN AMERICAN ESSENCES.

Ikon (Visual Artist/Filmmaker) was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt. A multidisciplinary visual artist and filmmaker mainly focusing on issues of identity, personal expression and experimenting with different elements and forms. Working with current affairs, futuristic projects and art development collaboratively and individually. “One Eye Open” is a series of short films, Ikon made reflecting upon his one year living in Japan. 
http://www.ikoneatsart.com

David Cutrano

David Cutrano (Digital Media/Design) Photograph Print  9 × 12″ picture

My artistic interests are vast and I often find them overlapping. This makes it difficult for me to declare any one field as my concentration. I go through phases and shifts in personality and mindset. This often dictates the medium with which I work. The consistency however, is that no matter the medium,

I’ve taken a minute particle of thought, developed it into an idea and (with a little luck) brought it to manifestation in physical form. I find this the ultimate satisfaction and a strong metric towards the measure of success.

This photograph of a Japanese garden is my attempt to gain an understanding of my own existence. I can’t explain the feeling that overcomes me when I visit a place like this. The best I can do is attempt to capture it’s essence as it appears to me; an abstract, dreamlike recollection of a familiar place once visited.

http://digitalsushi.davidcutrano.com/

Ken

Ken Niimura (Illustrator) At the crossroad of Japanese, European and American traditions, JM Ken Niimura (born in Madrid, October 19, 1981) has developed a dynamic, vibrant and humorous style of his own. His comics can be read in six languages and his illustrations have been seen in many countries. Active in the self-publishing field, he won several contests. The publication of I Kill Giants brought him to the attention of the American industry, earning him and writer Joe Kelly a nomination to both the Eisner and Eagle Awards. JM Ken Niimura now lives between Madrid and Montréal, flying off to Tokyo whenever he gets the chance.
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Michael Arias is an American-born filmmaker active primarily in Japan. Though Arias has worked variously as visual effects artist, animation software developer, and producer, he is best known for his directorial debut, the anime feature on Tekkonkinkreet, which established him as the first non-Japanese director of a major anime film.

Mya Jewelry Artist (2 left)

Mya was born in Kanagawa, Japan in 1987. A graduate of Sophia University in Hispanic Studies( Languages & Cultural studies in Spain and Latin America countries). She started to learn English and having a communication with foreign people when she was 3 years old. She lived in Madrid from 2007 to 2008 as an exchange student and majored in History of Arts at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Now she works at Tokyu Department Store Head Office with her Japanese,Spanish and English skills for serving non-Japanese speaker customers from overseas.

Takeaki Yamazaki (SOLD OUT) Painting Size 20cmX25cm (8″X10″). Takeaki Yamazaki is obsessed. He is obsessed with obsession. Born and raised mostly in southern California, the land of phantasy and facade drove him to travel to satisfy his wanderlust. Moving to Japan and back a few times provided the opportunity to explore other states of consciousness and creativity through another cultural perspective. Creativity is the primary obsession that drives Takeaki, presenting him the will to constantly experience life anew. Taking a ‘renaissance man’ approach towards creativity, he is an avid explorer in various ways of artistic expression: writing, music, painting, drawing, and more recently, concocting installations pieces. 

http://lightwrighter.blogspot.com/

Jun-Pierre Shiozawa (SOLD OUT) Ink Sketch. Born in the United States, Jun-Pierre Shiozawa is a half Japanese, half French artist currently living in Greece. He has had exhibitions in the United States, Japan and France. Jun-Pierre currently teaches painting and drawing at the Aegean Center for the Fine Arts in Paros, Greece.  http://junpierre.net/

Anna Stassen  (SOLD OUT) Bracelet, neckless

“Sakura” is the Japanese word for “cherry blossom”. It is a name I chose because my hope for my designs is for them to be delicate, luminous, ephemeral and beautiful like Sakura and I also wanted to honour my half-Japanese heritage. This is also why Sakura feature quite prominently in some of my designs.

http://sakurajewellery.com/

Jayson Carpenter (2 prints) is a photographer based in San Francisco specializing in humanitarian, commercial, editorial, travel and people photography. He has traveled to Japan numerous times and was active in the volunteer efforts in the Tohoku area this past spring. The Taxi Photograph print is 11x 14inches.
http://www.jaysoncarpenter.com