Finding Hapaness

Ha・Pa /noun/ Hawaiian term meaning half.

Puzzle Piece 2: Crowd Funding + Gathering Information

From what our director, Ashley, remembers growing up in the Canadian education system without really learning much beyond the early settlers of the nation. As we begin to connect to other members Japanese Canadian community, even through the process of making this film, it is becoming extremely evident that there is a communal need for the assurance that we really are all one and the same.

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Robert Sugimoto sorting through old family photos, and old school projects comparing life here to life in Japan.

We have officially submitted our first grant proposal! In the new year, we are hoping to hear back from a number of foundations that support the arts.

Our first application went to the Rogovy Foundation. As this film stems from the very purpose of enhancing one’s understanding of their culture in a national capacity, the Rogovy Foundation is more in line with our own values than we have found in any other organization within the film community. From what our director, Ashley, remembers growing up in the Canadian education system without really learning much beyond the early settlers of the nation. As we begin to connect to other members Japanese Canadian community, even through the process of making this film, it is becoming extremely evident that there is a communal need for the assurance that we really are all one and the same. We can’t possibly expect to become familiar with our own stories if we don’t know about all the others out there much like our own. We hope that we are chosen by the foundation’s committee so that we might begin booking our trip to Japan!

With December 1st fastly approaching, we are also working hard on the launch of our crowdfunding campaign. In preparation, we have finally completed a primary research interview with Ashley’s great grandmother and father! Important findings include the village her great grandfather grew up in, in Japan, as well as some insight into how Ashley’s dad decided to raise her with full awareness of her Japanese heritage. We also have collected vital information for our continued research once we reach Japan, like the proper Kanji of Sugimoto, as well as old family photos! Some information will be presented in the crowdfunding campaign video, but mostly we will slowly be releasing snippets here and there right here on the site as they become more relevant.

Later this week, we have a meeting scheduled with documentary filmmaker and children’s book author, Jeff Chiba Stearns! We can’t wait to meet him and answer some questions that have been weighing on us for the last month or so.