"Dharma Road"

A Documentary Written, Directed, and Produced by June Inuzuka

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06-01-2012: IT'S A LONG ROAD TO THE TOP IF YOU WANT TO ROCK AND ROLL

Posted on June 1, 2012 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (1)


When I was studying for the bar exam, I used to play the song"Maniac" from "Flashdance" over and over to pump me up to study.  I was terrified and it seemed my fear might paralyze me.  These last few weeks, to help me get psyched to go down into my girl cave studio and spend hours and hours editing the last sequences of the documentary,  I made a special list of songs to play. The first song  is "It's A Long W...

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2-24-2012 "THE LONG HAUL"

Posted on February 24, 2012 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (1)

Various road blocks have since intervened to prolong the post-production process, most notably the one called LIFE.  I am experiencing the difficulty of keeping going when it seems like you may never finnish. It's been a long hard haul to get to the final draft polishing the narrative script.  There has been a lot of historical research put into this project and several return visits to Rock Springs.  Tyler and I are on our second rough cut.  The animation is done and avai...

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Sorry!!

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 8:13 PM Comments comments (0)

Sorry to all my members who came to watch the new video cut and couldn't get on.  I had set the youtube video for private parties only.  It's now corrected and you shouldn't have problems.  Best, June

"The Slanted Screen" by Jeff Adachi

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:28 PM Comments comments (0)

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Anyone who has the opportunity, should find this a facinating documentary.  Congratulations to Jeff Adachi!

04-11-10 The Ladder Of Hell

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 6:34 PM Comments comments (1)

Well, we all have a life and have to make money-- the dilemma of the artiste, blah, blah, blah...


I'm not going to make any excuses. But I am back on track with some new energy.  I have hired Tyler Merkel, a skillful and talented young editor who is on his way up the proverbial ladder of hell and thus needing to upgrade his portfolio.  Young Merkel has agreed, aye, even enthusiastically agreed, to come on board for mostly a credit and a great discount in his usual ...

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09-28-09 Aaargh!

Posted on September 28, 2009 at 6:13 AM Comments comments (0)


It is 4:23 am and i am just finishing up the second edit of the Tanaka Interview. It feels like I have too much stuff and I really need to focus! focus! focus! I went to a Boulder Digital Arts class on color correction with FCP and saw "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs," in IMAX 3-D, all to distract myself from my editing misery.

It's lonely at the bottom.....

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08-05-09: Back on The Road to Rock Springs, WY

Posted on August 6, 2009 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Well, back in Rock Springs for more shots and research, mostly research.  First priority is to find some photos of actual Japanese miners from Sweetwater County-- preferably Rock Springs.  Spent most of day at library and history museum.  People are very friendly and helpful.  No pictures of Japanese miners found.  Tomorrow will go through more photos at museum and Sweetwater museum.  had lunch in the cutest old diner here in Rock Springs. Found...

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07-11-09: The Circle Completes

Posted on July 11, 2009 at 2:41 PM Comments comments (0)


My grandmother, Umeko Yamazaki Inuzuka (80)


In order to be certain this Yamasaki was THE Yamasaki and not just a convenient Yamasaki timewise, I went back to transcripts of my interview with my grandmother in 1983. I found some really interesting facts I had forgotten. First she did give me his first name. She pronounce it as "Hiyakuske." The death certificate says "Hikusuk...

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07-04-09: Circumstantial Evidence?

Posted on July 4, 2009 at 6:57 AM Comments comments (0)

Right now I'm obsessing about my great uncle's first name. I was going through some old notes of conversations with my grandmother and found an old stained envelope where I took notes once when talking to her and it says her brother's name was "Yakusuke." This is my representation of her pronunciation. On the Rock Springs death certificate it says "Hikusuke." They are close but there is still a question in my mind. I am going to try to hunt down the passenger lists from entry to San Francisco...

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07-02-09 "Another Jap Bites The Dust"

Posted on July 2, 2009 at 11:04 PM Comments comments (0)
These are people present at the burial. I am surprised there were so many people at the funeral. I wonder what kind of person he was... The gravestone is the same one I saw in Rock Springs when I visited. However, it is difficult to tell if anyone in this crowd looks like my great grandfather. A big disappointment was I couldn't find him in this funeral group shot...
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