Friends don't let friends overwork! This film supports workers and companies as we take a look into the phenomenon of Karōshi. Read more
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on December 19, 2010.
About this project
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!:)
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Our sincere thanks and your choice of a hug or handshake.
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Special thanks on the website and in the film credits; Exclusive Director's Cut HD download of the film; All previous rewards.
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Signed Karōshi poster - give it your favorite work-a-holic! All previous rewards.
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Pre-Release signed DVD copy of the film; All previous rewards.
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Limited edition Karōshi t-shirt; Guaranteed to satisfy! All previous rewards.
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Signed and numbered still frame from the film; All previous rewards.
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2 VIP tickets to a screening of the film in Salt Lake City, Utah; All previous rewards
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Associate Producer credit; All previous rewards.
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Silver Corporate Sponsor - Your logo will be featured on the poster, t-shirt, and website as a sponsor. Your organization's name will be listed in the film credits and all official promotional materials as a corporate sponsor.
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Gold Corporate Sponsor - We will list your company name in the beginning of the film, "brought to you by" your organization, receive Producer credit, have your logo on the back cover of the DVD, and have a printed information about your organization on an insert within the DVD jacket. Your logo will also be featured on the poster, t-shirt, and website as a sponsor.
Platinum Corporate Sponsor - Have your organization featured in the film as a positive workforce case study! We will travel to your location and film for 2 full days. Show the world your commitment to your people - how unique, creative, or to the extent that you support and advance corporate wellness. This is an exceptional employment branding opportunity! We will produce a mini-documentary featuring your company's corporate wellness efforts and feature it on the Karoshi website. Gold Corporate Sponsor rewards included. Travel costs extra.
- (40 days)