JUNE BRIDE: REDEMPTION OF A YAKUZA
It took a missing finger to find God. JUNE BRIDE: REDEMPTION OF A YAKUZA is a feature-length documentary about Tatsuya Shindo, a former mobster turned preacher, who seeks forgiveness for a life’s worth of disappointment and crime in his makeshift church – June Bride – at one time a smoke-filled bar. Hanging on Shindo’s every word is his loyal congregation, an eclectic mix of tattooed ex-convicts and wayward souls who want to start over. Through his journey from the criminal underworld to a mission from God, Shindo declares, “Loyalty to my yakuza boss is the same as the one to God.” But will his faith cost him more than just his finger?
A chance encounter leads to a beautiful, fleeting relationship between two vastly different types: One person is a plumber, and the other is most definitely not.
FISH GRENADE REEL
A short documentary detailing a bizarre, fascinating and oftentimes dangerous= rite of passage ritual for a young boy. He will enter the arena as a child, but will he emerge as a man? Will he even survive? Or more importantly, will he look good?
THE KILLING OF A CHINESE COOKIE
THE KILLING OF A CHINESE COOKIE examines the heated debate over the true origin of the fortune cookie, the mixing of Eastern and Western cultures that produced it, and the cookie’s rise from a simple pastry to a pop culture phenomenon
A statement of an unlikely hero who, with muted voice, defies commonality. Difficult to categorize, the film is part art,part experimental, part comedy, but all heart.