Digital Histories 2019: Ideas, Observations, and Inspirations

Filmmakers in attendance.

H.G. Wells said that “Human history, in essence, is the history of ideas.” Digital Histories brings the unique perspectives of our older adult filmmakers and allows them to share their personal, yet universal ideas through their art.  Death, camaraderie, displacement, personal passions, belonging, and the appreciation of the little things are given light through imaginative, thoughtful, and sometimes experimental ruminations on life lived today. — Joel Quizon

Co-presented with Community Partners: Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), OCA-GLA, Tuesday Night Cafe / Tuesday Night Project

In this program


A DAY BEFORE I DIE

Directed by David Osako

A day’s reflections on the ineffable experiences of life and dying, expressed through the Japanese American director’s memories in and around Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

BUDDHAHEAD BREAKFAST CLUB

Directed by George Wada

The first wave of the third generation Japanese Americans (Sansei) linked by their shared past.

DRAGON BOAT

Directed by Kevin Shore

Meet Nathan Salazar, and discover the empowering world of Dragon Boat racing. See what can be accomplished when the human spirit works together as one.

GONE

Directed by Robert Shoji

GONE examines the transformation of Little Tokyo and challenges us to fight and save our community’s history and heritage before it is gone forever.

HOME IS LITTLE TOKYO

Directed by Steve Nagano

Artist Tony Osumi reveals how the Little Tokyo mural originated, the processes involved in its creation, and the story behind its images.

JAPANESE AMERICAN LEGACY ON WHEELS

Directed by Mitchell Matsumura

The third generation Japanese American car subculture that sprouted in the ’60s, blossomed into an international craze featured in movies and celebrated in Car Shows.

JUST FOR YOU

Directed by Carol Shubin

A young man questions his life’s journey searching for answers to happiness. A total stranger changes his life’s course.

LUONG TAN

Directed by Tracy Quan-Nichols

LUONG TAN, a commercial artist who lived in Vietnam during the war, now lives in Los Angeles where he enjoys helping with art classes.

MY RESILIENT 102 YR-OLD NISEI MOM

Directed by George Takaki

A 102 yr-old Nisei woman overcomes two major obstacles in her life.

SACRED RICE BLESSING

Directed by Aimee Aiko Kurland

This film explores the possible sacredness of the humble grain of rice via ancient Japanese rites.

THE LITTLE THINGS

Directed by Barbara Kagawa Shore

A day meant for cleaning the garage takes an unexpected turn when an old, forgotten box is discovered. See how a dreaded task transforms into a day of joy.

WALKING THE TALK

Directed by Fran Ito, Steve Nagano

Ann Burroughs shares her journey as a young activist in South Africa to the current President and CEO of the Japanese American National Museum.

Preceded By

FLO’S BUS

Directed by Dean Ishida

For 15+ years, 77-year-old Flo Matsuda has organized LA-to-Vegas buses for her friends and struggles with the decision to make this beloved ritual her last.

Dates & Times
Past
Aratani Theatre @ JACCC

Sun May 5
2:00 pm

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