In the summer of 2012, a small group of independent filmmakers made a feature film in Tokyo. After 20 shooting days and over a year of post-production, we are finally ready to let Cicada take flight. Click the link and watch the trailer to see what it looks like to make a full-length feature film overseas with no money, only passion and commitment. This is the heart of independent cinema.
We will be premiering Cicada in mid-December in Los Angeles. Seating will be limited, so purchase your tickets in advance before they are all gone. In addition to selling tickets to the premiere, we are still trying to raise money for the final few steps of the film. This includes honorariums for our composer Dana Niu (see bio on website), our Re-recording mixer Erin Rettig, our web designer James Li and our colorist. These team members are worth so much more, but they are donating their time because they believe in the film.
For rewards, you can get anything from a Limited Edition Biola Films T-shirt (this is Biola's first feature film after all), a copy of their first foreign language project Mujo No Kaze (out of print and hard to find), the original score by Dana Niu or an afternoon skateboarding with director Dean Yamada.
Thank you in advance for your support!
--The Cicada Team
When Jumpei Taneda finds out he has a fertility problem, he begins to have clairvoyant flashes that mysteriously lead him to cicada shells. Jumpei's inability to have children opens the door for him to become a father-figure to his sister Nanaka's young son, Ryota, who is being bullied at school. Nanaka and her gambling-addict husband decide to throw a birthday party for Ryota in hopes of changing his classmates' perception of him. Unfortunately, no one shows up to the party except the quirky cast of adults in Ryota's life, and it is here that secrets are revealed and chaos ensues.
Cicada is the first feature film from the team that created the award-winning short films Jitensha and Persimmon. Their work has screened at the Venice Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, and Aspen Shortsfest and won awards at the Heartland Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and Sapporo Shortfest.
Risks and challenges
There's a long road ahead of us and it begins with the premiere. Most indie films are screened regularly to get exposure, that said, Cicada's premiere is the beginning of that process. To the inexperienced eye, premiering is a simple act of screening a film, however, there are many challenges that come with that act. A cramped theater, low attendance or even low quality projection can affect the audiences reaction and therein the future of our film. In raising money for this premiere we hope to guarantee a quality venue and a quality experience for our guests. Please help us to start strong so we can finish strong.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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