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The film celebrates the life of Taylor Anderson, who was lost in the tsunami that followed the 2011 earthquake in Japan.
The film celebrates the life of Taylor Anderson, who was lost in the tsunami that followed the 2011 earthquake in Japan.
247 backers pledged $28,775 to help bring this project to life.

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Dear Backers,

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope everyone has started the new year with a passion for life and a firm intention to LIVE YOUR DREAM.

I am finalizing a few more dates, but here is the schedule right now.


March 4th - Tokyo Premier at the International House of Japan, Roppongi

March 6th - Temple University Japan

March 7th - Tokyo Hilton (special fundraiser by invitation)


March 12th - The Bright Auditorium, Emerson College, Boston MA

There may be additions to this schedule so keep checking for an update. All Tokyo based backers please reserve a space for yourself at the premier. You can email Manami Maeda at

If you would prefer the screening at Temple, please reserve your place at The contact person is Kyle Cleveland.

The Bright Auditorium screening in Boston is open to the public, but please email me if you would like to attend so I can submit your name to reserve a seat.

We are hard at work preparing the new bilingual version so that both American and Japanese audiences can watch the film together.

If you have a chance, please visit the website

We would appreciate some feedback on the site.

I hope to see you in Tokyo or in Boston!


Dear Backers,

Just a short message as you start the New Year.

"Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you", William James.

The 8th are auspicious days in both February and March. February 8th we are screening LIVE YOUR DREAM in Washington DC at the Japan Information Center of the Embassy of Japan.

On March 8th, the Japan premier in Tokyo.

Please join us! and continue to LIVE YOUR DREAM



Dear Backers,

To all who shared an address, incentives have been sent. Those based in Japan will get their incentives between now and Christmas.  I hope it will be a wonderful present.

I want to share some comments we have received about the film:

“A beautiful film portrait of a beautiful personality and of a life beautifully lived. … The story of Taylor Anderson transcends all borders and all cultures, revealing that the generosity of spirit of a truly good person continues to give and give and give…” — Peter Grilli, President Japan Society of Boston

"I was greatly moved by your wonderful, inspirational film celebrating the life of Taylor....I think it will become a common asset for those people who would become future bridges" — Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador of Japan

“The story of one person, just a young American who came to teach English in Japan, encompasses both grief and hope. This film should be seen by both Japanese and Americans: to use a word that should not be used lightly, it is redemptive. You will keep the images in this film, of a happy positive girl and a devastation impossible to understand, in your mind for a long time.” — Dr. Merry White, Boston University

"The film is inspirational and healing and helps all of us realize that we have to live our dream".

- David Janes, US Japan Foundation

We are now working towards the creation of a version for Japanese audiences that can be ready for the 2nd anniversary so please keep us in your thoughts.

Wishing everyone a happy holiday season. For my backers in Japanese (and I hope I have this correct) Akemashite Omedetto Gozaimasu.



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Dear Backers,

What a wonderful day and night it was in Richmond. For those backers who could join us, you witnessed the response of more than 900 students who attended the morning screening and 300 who came to the evening premier.

I want to share a few photos below from the night.  If you haven't already done so, please send us an email to update your address for incentives. Use

The work is not done. During the morning screening, outgoing Ambassador Fujisaki spoke passionately that more audiences need to see the film. So to make that happen, not only am I seeking to show the film in other venues around the US, but we need to make a version for Japanese audiences.

Educational distribution will now begin in the United States, so if you are affiliated with an educational or globally minded institution, please consider making LIVE YOUR DREAM part of your library. 

Enjoy the photos and we are starting to get incentives out beginning this week.

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