GRANDPA CHERRY BLOSSOMDirected by Maddox Chen
Cast: Chuck Currier, Mary Uyematsu Kao
The story of Francis Uyematsu, a Japanese immigrant, told through the words of his granddaughter, Mary Uyematsu Kao, and Chuck Currier, a local historian and former teacher. Uyematsu created a booming flower nursery, owning 120 acres of land in Manhattan Beach until the Japanese-American Internment during World War II, where he was forced to sell his land. Entire neighborhoods now sit on his former land, including hundreds of homes and two high schools. And the flowers he created are no longer his.
Writer: Maddox Chen
Producer: Maddox Chen
Director of Photography: Maddox Chen
Editor: Maddox Chen
Music: Konsonant Music
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