Project Documentary Film
Five to thirty minutes short documentaries that follow the challenges people face and their steps along the way. These films rather show background stories and processes than explain projects themselves.
氷の農夫 -ice farmers-
Tokujiro IV and his buddies cultivate natural ice. They fill ponds with the natural water from the Nikko mountain range and let it develop into ice only by taking advantage of the coldness of the winter.
Why does he still use traditional technics to make natural ice? This short documentary tells a story about Tokujiro, who calls himself an ice farmer, and his belief. (This is a short version of the film for the web.)
TEZUTSU -fire flower town-
Men in this town have made and ignited cylinders packed with fireworks for a few hundred years. Every year, even today, 18-year-olds to much older get together and work with fireworks for the Gion festival. In one year, we closely followed the town men from their preparation process to the very day of the festival and saw how their bond deepened through fireworks.
-Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2018 Official Selection
-Sapporo International Short Film Festival and Market 2018 Official Selection
-Greenwich Village Film Festival 2017 Best Short Documentary
-Short. Sweet. Film Fest 2019 International Selection
-International Digital Film Festival Kinofest 2018 Screened Film
Tobitate! (Leap for Tomorrow) Study Abroad Initiative Documentary
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) runs a campaign that promotes young people to study abroad. In close non-fictional style, we focused on two high-school students who applied for it; one who studied in Dominican Republic and the other in England. The films are playing on MEXT’s website and events.
PR agent: SUNNY SIDE UP Inc. Production: Kuromaku Co., Ltd.
The Village with Healthy and Long Life People
A documentary on three people who live in a longevity village, Takayama, Nagano. This 30 minutes short was broadcasted on Channel4K and the nationwide cable TV network, and later in Taiwan and Italy. Through the eyes of people living in harmony with beautiful nature, it uncovers what’s behind their long life.
- The Age of Regionalism Video Festival 2015 Recommended Award in Cable TV category
-4K Tokushima Movie Festival 2015 4K Movie Award