JEFF IMADA: BREAKING BARRIERS BY DESIGN
Directed by Cory Shiozaki
Jeff Imada was a pre-med student at UCLA before an opportunity to work on a movie as an extra created a totally different career choice. A road not often taken by Japanese Americans, the lure of working in the entertainment industry on screen set the stage for an entirely different occupation… stuntman.
Cameraman-turned-director Cory Shiozaki was a 37-year member of the International Cinematographers Guild. He is a third-generation (sansei) Japanese-American whose parents were among the 120,000 evacuees that were rounded up in the immediate aftermath of Pearl Harbor. His award-winning Japanese American internment documentary film THE MANZANAR FISHING CLUB had a theatrical release in 2012 . He is expected to release a second film on Manzanar later this year.
Director: Cory Shiozaki
Writer: Richard Imamura
Producer: Cory Shiozaki
Shorts Programs / 107 minsVisual Communications' Digital Histories program engages the passion of our elders to tell their stories in movie form. This year the seniors transformed an illness into a triumphant narrative, unearthed a forgotten jazz club in Little Tokyo, and explored how the first Japanese American Buddhist Taiko group came to be. - Gary Gabisan
In This Program: ABANDONED FABRIC, THE ARTS DISTRICT WITHOUT ARTISTS, A CENTENARIAN PLUS SIX, DANCING THROUGH LITTLE TOKYO, THE FINALE CLUB, HOLIDAY BOWL, JEFF IMADA: BREAKING BARRIERS BY DESIGN, KINDNESS IS CONTAGIOUS, GIVING IS AN ADDICTION, NOTE TO SELF, “ON MY HONOR…” BILL SHISHIMA VOLUNTEER EXTRAORDINAIRE, RAY ROCKS WITH HAIR, TAP, AND HIP-HOP, SAY YES TO YOUR HEART, TAIKO REFLECTIONS, THE TRAVELING RICE POT, WITHIN THE OPEN DOORS OF A SHINTO CHURCH IN BOYLE HEIGHTS