Pray for Japan: Coming soon to a theater near you!
Team Pray for Japan:
Happy New Year! It's hard to believe we're already at the end of January. The Year of the Dragon is swishing and swooshing by at lightning speed.
Over the past few weeks since my most recent update, exciting things have been coming into place for "Pray for Japan". Hopefully, the momentum will allow the proper attention to be focused on the Tohoku Tragedy, how the people (such as those in our movie) responded, and the continuous effort needed to rebuild. A natural disaster of this magnitude is not easily overcome, and even with such resilient and selfless people such as the victims and volunteers in Tohoku, the significant damage remains a real hurdle.
So, in March 2012, one-year after the tragedy, our film's message is not only relevant but remains critical. The media will undoubtedly be covering the 1-year anniversary, and it is our chance to shine a light onto our dual goals: paying tribute to these heroes, and assuring continual efforts in the recovery.
Next week will be the official announcement of "Pray for Japan" - and we'll be able to really spread the word once that happens. Currently, I'm working with some stellar volunteers to put together the trailer, poster, flyers, website and other marketing tools.
Here is the critical SAVE THE DATE info:
North America 3/14
More info to come soon - but these are the dates you'll be able to see "Pray for Japan" in the theater!
Of course, many of you have purchased a DVD, which I'll be preparing to ship in a couple of months, once the theatrical release successfully launches. T-shirts and the other rewards will be on their way as well.
One more exciting piece of news: for those of you familiar with Japanese actors, you'll be delighted to know that the very talented and beautiful actress Kyoka Suzuki contributed her voice skills to "Pray for Japan". She reads the poetry of popular Fukushima poet Ryoichi Wago. Kyoka is from Sendai as well, so it was very much an honor to direct her in the studio, and talk about her charming hometown.
Finally - here's a sneak peek at our gorgeous poster, designed by artist Tatsuya Miyoshi.
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Much appreciation and love from the entire "Pray for Japan" team - and your name listed in a future "Special Thanks" video (online).
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A digital copy of the Pray for Japan Film with your name listed in the Special Thanks credits section in the film.
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A DVD copy of the Pray for Japan Film and 5 photo prints (at least 5" X 7") shot in Tohoku including shipping (add $10 for international) plus a digital copy and Special Thanks in the credits section of the film.
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All of the above with the DVD and photos signed by the director plus a Pray for Japan film T-shirt (including shipping; $10 additional for international).
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All of the above plus the soundtrack to the film (CD or digital, your choice) and instead of the 5 photo prints you'll get a 5" X 7" photo book with a minimum of 10 photos (signed by the director).
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All of the above but the photo book will be a hardcover 8" X 11" book, signed by the director and with a special message from Tohoku victims and volunteers, together with their photos.
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All of the above plus a special "Team Tohoku Koi-nobori " credit in the film and an actual koi-nobori signed by the director and with messages from Tohoku victims and volunteers.
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All the above + an Executive Producer credit, a trip to the Japan premiere (including 5 days of Tohoku hotel accomodations) and a personal tour of Ishinomaki, Miyagi by the director.
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