Tim Savage’s Under the Blood Red Sun starring Kyler Sakamoto, Kalama Epstein, Dann Seki, Autumn Ogawa, Wil Kahele, Chris Tashima and Mina Kohara, will have its LA Premiere at The International Family Film Festival on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PST) at Raleigh Studios Hollywood, 5300 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038. Click here for tickets and here for more information.
Synopsis: A 13 yr old Japanese boy faces monumental adversity in 1941 Hawaii, when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. Under the Blood-Red Sun is the film adaptation of Graham Salisbury’s award-winning novel of the same name, which is required reading in many middle and high schools across the United States. It is set in 1941 and is the story of a 13 yr old Japanese boy, Tomi Nakaji, his family and his best friend (a caucasian boy) at the time of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Tomi’s idyllic world in paradise is forever changed when Japan launches a surprise attack against the US and all Japanese Americans are suddenly seen as enemies of the state. Tomi’s father, a fisherman, is immediately taken prisoner in an internment camp and his partner and friend is shot and killed. It’s a story of courage, honor, strength, friendship and loyalty against seemingly insurmountable odds.
Producers: Dana Satler Hankins
Director(s): Tim Savage
Screenplay: Graham Salisbury
Cinematography: Shawn Hiatt
Editor: Robert A Bates
Music: Chris Sanders
Running Time: 100 minutes
The International Family Film Festival (IFFF) is the first and longest running family film festival in the United States. The vision: IFFF builds a peaceful global family through the discovery and sharing of quality stories by emerging artists and production companies. This year the IFFF presents its 20th annual festival at the historic Raleigh Studios in the heart of Hollywood, California. Open to the general public, the IFFF is a film market attended by professionnal filmmakers and scriptwriters, distributors, producers, directors, actors, production heads and film financiers. During the day on Saturday, November 7th (9 am – 6 pm), the festival is dedicated to youth activities (YouthFest!), including film screenings, a film & scriptwriting competition, industry related workshops and other topics of interest related to youth working in the film, tv and entertainment industries.
Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek, which will screen at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival on November 21st. She is profiled in FebOne1960.com Blog, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
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