Last year, we completed the short film, “Sticks and Stones,”about a rookie physical therapist and her first patient, who is paralyzed on his left side after a stroke, which is set at an inpatient rehabilitation hospital. The reason why we want to raise money is because we want as many people to watch this film, so we have started to submit it to disability film festivals too. But one of them, Super Fest Disability Film Festival, which showcases films that explore and celebrate disability as a creative and generative force in film and culture, requires caption for deaf audience and audio description for blind audience, which costs around $1,500 in total. The deadline to submit films to the festival is February 28th, so if we can raise the money by 11pm on Sat. February 23rd in California, which is 4pm on Sun. February 24th in Japan, we’d like to submit it to the festival. Super Fest Disability Film Festival will be held in Berkeley on October 12th and in San Francisco in October 13th.
I’ve studied at UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) and at San Francisco State University, so it’s one of my dreams to go back to San Francisco Bay Area with my film. With “A Cappella,” the first film I produced, I was able to go to Goteborg in Sweden, Jeonju in Korea and New York, but not to California. So I hope you can help achieve that goal!
With caption and audio description in English, this film can travel to other areas too. By starting this crowdfunding, we are also hoping that the word that there’s a Japanese 37-minute short film about a physical therapist will reach people who are looking for films to screen. I hope you can help spread the word.
If we can raise more money, we’ll use it for promotion of the film such as by printing flyers and having the director attend Q&A sessions.
Thank you in advance for your support!
Here's its teaser trailer with English subtitles.
Importance of This Film:
I had a chance to go to an impatient rehabilitation hospital. Until then, I had thought that leaving the hospital must mean being fully recovered. But I realized that at impatient rehabilitation hospitals, it’s difficult to leave the hospitals, fully recovered, and many leave, paralyzed. It was shocking to know that some even drive with paralyzed arms.
To support the patients who need support not only physically but also mentally must be very difficult. When we interviewed a rookie therapist, she told us in tears that she regrets about the patient who she was in charge of when she started, which made me understand the responsibilities and pressures of therapists. The turnover rate of rookie therapists is high.
It’s a relatively unknown job. Some could live without knowing about it unless they themselves, their families or their friends get in the situation where they need rehabilitation. But even among crew members and cast members, there are a few whose family members had collapsed. It could happen to anyone and any family members. It’ll be great if this film can convey how important the works of physical therapists and rehabilitation are and if this film can be a trigger for audience to think about how to live their lives because we could collapse any day.
Haruka (Narumi Uno) is a rookie physical therapist at a rehabilitation hospital in Japan. She still hasn’t got used to her job, but she’s doing her best with her colleague, Sachiko (Haruna Hori). When an old female patient, Tae (Sumie Sasaki), leaves the hospital, she thanks Haruka, who feels rewarded. But in her private life, her boyfriend, Sho (Gaku Hosokawa), dumps her abruptly. But life goes on, and back at the hospital, she is put in charge of Mr. Tsuge (Motoki Ochicai), who became paralyzed on his left side after a stroke. On the first day of rehabilitation, Tsuge says to Haruka, “Work is all that I’ve got. Can I go back to my old life?” But she cannot answer him. Under the mentorship of Department Chief Hino (So Yamanaka) and Leader Taguchi (Shunya Itabashi), she begins to realize how rewarding the job can be and decides to confront both Tsuge and her ex-boyfriend.
Director: Takuma Sato
Born in Akita Prefecture, Japan in 1989. He took Film Creator Course at New Cinema Workshop from 2012 and directed “Maichiru yoru” (2012) and “Brother” (2013). Later he joined Production Department of New Cinema Workshop and his first feature, "Don’t Say That Word” (2014) won Audience Award and Cinema Fan Award at Pia Film Festival in 2014 and went on to be selected for New Currents Award of the Busan International Film Festival. He directed “Beginning to Break Hey, Hey, Hey,” starring Taiga and Yukino Kishii for “ndjc（New Directions in Japanese Cinema）2015,” which was a project that aims to discover and nurture young Japanese filmmakers, sponsored by Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan. His short film, “Sudden,” starring Natsumi Matsuoka, which was a part of “Toei Presents HKT48 x 48 Movie Directors,” was screened at Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival in 2018 and another short, "Happy Happy Saturday," casting actors from agency called Baum and kuchen, was screened at Ikebukuro Cinema Rosa.
The lives of people who suddenly got disabled to walk. I found it arrogant for me to think about them because I can walk myself. I searched for the reasons for me to shoot a film at inpatient rehabilitation hospital. The words by a physical therapist hit me; “We don’t cure illness. But handicap changes, which changes patient’s ways of thinking. What’s important is not “to be able to walk” but “what to do by walking.” We can’t live all by ourselves, which is common sense. But I thought I should think desperately about it to reach the reason to make this film. I hope you spare time to watch my answer.
Born in 1998. Repped by Stardust Promotion. She started her career as actress at the age of 12. After appearing in TV dramas such as "Nazo no tenkosei," produced by Shunji Iwai and directed by Masahiko Nagasawa and films including "The Edge of Sin," she landed a leading role in "Death Forest 3" (2015). Her recent works include "Psychic Kusuo" and "Saki ni umareta dake no boku."
Born in 1990. His recent works include “Ossan’s Love” (2016), "Warau manekineko" (2017), "Linking Love" (2017), "Death Row Family (2017), "Business Card Game" (2017), and "Dynamite Graffiti" (2018).
Born in Fukushima Prefecture in 1984. He belongs to a theatrical group, "Lolo," and works widely in films, TV, plays and TV commercials. He’s nominated for staff award at the 26th Yomiuri Engeki Awards for lyrics and rap in the play, “Oedipus REXXX.” He stars in TV series, "Zekkei tantei," and introduces tourist sites and food all over Japan through the drama. Hir recent works include the film, “Gangoose,” directed by Yu Irie, the TV drama, “Miyamoto kara kimi e,” and the upcoming TV drama, “Natsuzora” on NHK.
Born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1997. She made her debut in film as a lead with "Don't Say That Word," directed by Takuma Sato in 2014. She appears in works regardless of its nationality, and her works include "Kara no aji" (2016), "Seventeen, natsu; hokuto" (2017), "Sugiteyuke, entai judai" (2017), "The Shoplifters" (2018), co-production with Korea, "Daikanransha" (2018), "21st Century Girls" (2019) and TV drama, "Attamaru utopia" (2018) on NHK BS Premium.
Born in 1992. In 2014, he starred in the film, "Don't Say That Word," directed by Takuma Sato, which was nominated for New Currents Award at the Busan International Film Festival, and appeared in "Koga the Dictator," directed by Toshimitsu Iizuka, which won Entertainment Award at Pia Film Festival. In 2016, his starrer, "Vanitas," won Audience Award at Pia Film Festival, and "Yoake no andon," directed by Tatsuhiko Sasaki, won Special Prize at Tama New Wave competition. In 2018, he appeared in "The Hungry Lion," directed by Takaomi Ogata, which won NETPAC Award at the Puchon Fantastic International Film Festival. He also appeared in the play, "Tokyo no sora," directed by Chihiro Ikeda.
Born in Tokyo in 1994. After entering Acting Course of College of Art at Nihon University, he started acting mainly for plays. In 2014, he appeared in a play at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre. In 2016, he landed leading roles for both play and film at Nihon University. His works include the TV dramas such as "Ossan's Love" and "Idaten: Tokyo Olympics Story," and the films such as "The great war of Archimedes" and "Pink and Gray."
Born in Ibaraki Prefecture in 1972. His filmography includes "Ping Pong Bath Station" (Director: Gen Yamakawa, 1998), "Hush!" (Director: Ryosuke Hashiguchi, 2002), "Doing Time" (Director: Yoichi Sai, 2002), "Kill Bill" (Director: Quentin Tarantino, 2003), "A Stranger of Mine" (Director: Kenji Uchida, 2005), "Suzuki sensei" (Director: Hayato Kawai), "Fuuzoku ittara jinsei kawatta" (Director: Ken Iizuka, 2013), "Grasshopper" (Director: Tomoyuki Takimoto, 2015), "Lovers" (Director: Ryosuke Hashiguchi, 2015) and "Cross" (Director: Kazuyoshi Okuyama and Shinji Kugimiya, 2017).
Born in Tokyo. After performing at Theatrical company, Mingei, she appeared in many films and TV dramas. Her works include "Atsuhime" (2008), "My Husband is a Cartoonist" (2010), "Hitojichitachi no rodokukai" (2011), "Ikitai tasuketai" (2014), "Yasuragi no sato" (2016), "Pecoross' Mother and Her Days" (2013), "The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji" (2014), "Teacher and Stray Cat" (2015) and "Goodbye Elegy" (2017).
To Japanese Speakers （日本語）：
Risks and challenges
Even though we are aiming at Super Fest Disability Film Festival, which requires caption for deaf audience and audio description for blind audience, there is no guarantee that "Sticks and Stones" will be selected. However, we've already submitted the film to other disability film festivals such as ReelAbilities Film Festival and Picture this...film festival, and when there are chances to screen it with caption and audio description, we'll make the most of them!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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