Good news! We've received funding from an organization outside of Kickstarter! We will keep you posted with our progress. We appreciate your support!
過労死 - Karōshi and The Ethic of Work
A Feature Documentary Film
Karōshi explores how work is changing and its effect on our lives. Karōshi (which translated from Japanese literally means “death from overwork”) is a term used to describe occupational sudden death in Japan. In America, doesn't this same phenomenon occur, only we call it a 'heart attack' or any other number of illnesses?
This film will visually and thematically juxtapose U.S. major cities with Japan (Tokyo), take us on an experiential journey of the evolving practice of personal and corporate wellness, and interview every-day folks and experts alike on relevant issues. The film will be informative, eye-opening, and scary, but hopeful in its approach to combatting the negative results of overwork in the 21st century.
- People who regularly put in overtime (work over 10 hour days) increase their heart disease risk by nearly two-thirds, research suggests. ~ European Heart Journal, May, 2010
- 70% of health care costs in the U.S. are preventable. ~ Larry Chapman, “Meta-evaluation of Worksite Health Promotion Economic Return Studies”, The American Journal of Health Promotion, 2003
Trevor Hill - Executive Producer, Director
Michael Potter - Producer, 1st AD
Cory LeSueur - Director of Photography
Tim Palmer - Sound Engineer
In Production at Lifetime Fitness (www.lifetimefitness.com) in South Jordan, UT for the month of November.
USE OF FUNDS:
Funds will be used for travel within US, Japan, Europe, and for post-production.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Please participate in this film - we're looking to the Kickstarter community to help by providing interview footage (ideally with Canon 5d/7d). To participate is simple: Interview someone you know who overworks, would like to spend more time with, would like to see better take care of themselves, and so forth.
Technical details: Shoot or convert to 1080p/24f with good audio.
Upload instructions: YouSendIt to firstname.lastname@example.org, or email for FTP info. Upload video file in zipped folder with standard release forms filled out by artist and interviewee allowing 'Genesis Media Works' to use the piece.
Thank you for your support of 過労死 Karōshi!
And remember - Work Responsibly!:)