I know that I was supposed to be avoiding using Kickstarter for a while, because I am in the process of doing up my home, still every now and then a project just comes along and it’s one that is IMPOSSIBLE to resist. AND THEN, is one such project.
So why did AND THEN, convince me to get back into Kickstarter?
Well its a film that tells a unique story, something that always appeals to me. As many of you know, I absolutely love movies and anything that tries to tell a new and different story has me sold right away. AND THEN tells the story of two women who fall in love through the most singular circumstances. To further differentiate itself from other movies AND THEN tells the tale of a Japanese women and a Japanese-American women, so right off the bat AND THEN differentiates itself from other queer films such as Saving Face. (Off topic Saving face is really worth a watch, it focuses on Wilhelmina, a young Chinese-American surgeon; her unwed, pregnant mother; and her dancer girlfriend.)
The synopsis for the movie is:
AND THEN is a story about missed connections, loneliness, adventure, longing to be accepted, art, finding purpose, and the possibility of reconnecting with those we’ve lost touch with. The short film follows Mana, a Japanese-American woman who arrives in Tokyo seeking to find a break from her life as an artist, and Haru, a Japanese woman from the countryside who dreams of becoming an artist herself one day. They meet under unique circumstances, and their story unfolds.
So yes AND THEN, does tread new ground, but it does so much more than that.
First off the cinematography is absolutely stunning.
I am no expert of films but I know a well put together shot when I see one.
And I am seeing a lot more than one. When creating this film they have not only used their two talented leads but also the natural beauty of Tokyo to make it happen. As you can see from these brief shots and probably any photo you have ever seen of Tokyo, it is a city unlike any other. One of the worlds most bright and vibrant metropolis and yet at times it can be rather quiet and still. It is the perfect addition to this story.
AND THEN not only filmed in Tokyo but they used several local businesses to help give it that authentic feel. It is a small thing but one that helps make the film that little bit more authentic. Finally this is clearly a labor of love and that alone is a great reason for people to want to see it.
The team behind this project are as unique as the project itself. First up we have Jenn Ravenna who takes on the roles of
CO-DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
and EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Jenn is a Queer Asian-American film director and cinematographer based in Seattle, Washington. Her roots are in the video games industry. Her past clients include Arenanet, Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, Dark Horse Comics, Riot Games, and Valve. As a director and cinematographer, Jenn’s goal is to bring stories to life and connect people together through compelling imagery. Magic The Gathering fans should recognize these cards:
(If you are a fan you should check out the rewards section on their kickstarter page)
Erika Ishii stars as Mana Endo:
Erika Ishii is an actor known primarily for her voiceover work in games and animation She can be heard in leading roles in Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Sim, Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative (NT), Fire Emblem Heroes, and Sailor Moon SuperS, among others. Erika has acted and hosted with numerous new media outlets including Geek & Sundry, Critical Role, Nerdist, Screen Junkies, and Collegehumor. Many of you may recognize her from the Valentines special for Critical Role.
Rina Hoshino as Haru Sugiyama:
Rina Hoshino is a bilingual Japanese-American actress, voice-over artist, and a singer. Born in Yokohama, and spent her adolescence in Seattle from the age of 13, Hoshino formerly trained as an actress at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute LA. Hoshino’s previous credits include Mewtwo from Detective Pikachu, Katana from DC Superhero Girls TV Series on Cartoon Network, Bunko from the World War Z Video Game, an Unannounced AAA Video Game by Japanese and American Studios, and singing the opening-theme of an Anime mobile-game that will be released soon.
I could go on and on about who comprised this film crew, though the list is on their Kickstarter, all I will say is these people donated their own free time to make this happen. That is why if they hit the $40k stretch goal this will let them properly reward this diligent and hardworking crew.
With the film complete all additional funding is going to post production. This includes
A possible return to Tokyo for pick up shots
Hopefully relieving Jenn of some financial burden
The link to their Kickstarter is here.
So what are you waiting for?