"Dharma Road"

A Documentary Written, Directed, and Produced by June Inuzuka

Dharma Road Blog


Posted on July 14, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Well, well, well.  I am admittedly in a state of semi-paralyzed amazement!   At the end of June 2013 I received an email that I had been accepted into the New York Asian American Film Festival as a "Work-in-Progress."  See:  http://www.asiancinevision.org/aaiff2013/filmcat13/event13/.  The New York festival is the oldest Asian American Film Festival in the United States and each year they pick one work-in-progress for their special "Workshop" event.  The acceptance letter noted:

"Your work-in-progress is a solid piece and stands out among the submissions."

Wow. How great is that!  Just at the point I was wrung out and stuck, couldn't find a new editor, had so far been rejected from three other festivals, and didn't think I could stand to work on it another minute, this comes.  Through a connection in "Linked-In," which I was very skeptical about joining as another time wasting social networking scheme, I found KEIKO OZAKI and SHANNON UMETANI.  Keiko and Shannon  are sisters who grew up in the Denver Buddhist Temple.  Keiko is now a freelance editor and Shannon works for Warren Miller Productions in Boulder.  Funny thing, I never knew them at the Temple.  I do know their dad but never thought the talent I was so desperate for was right under my nose.

Both of them have jumped right in and we are in the final stages of getting a new edit of the doc ready for the film festival.  Shannon was able to get me a session in her company recording studio to re-record a shorter and tighter narration.  One comment I had received was it was too long.  Shannon hooked me up with a new local sound mixer, JASON MCDANIEL, who will do a final mix after the new edit is done.  (See: jasonmcdanielaudio.com).


Tonight I am meeting with my press team: ANDREA AND SAM DRESKIN.  FUJI  is doing some additional illustration that will be used for the press packet.  Sam now works for a local press and can get me a good deal on printing the press packet, poster, and postcards.  It's so great to have this project to work on with the kids who are doing such a great job,

On the 27th of July I leave for New York.  My workshop takes place on WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013 in Chinatown.  Wish me luck.  I'll post a report after I return in early August.

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Reply Laura Fong
7:11 PM on July 31, 2013 
Hi June,
I was at the screening today, and I just want to say that I really enjoyed the film! I liked hearing about your personal journey in finding out about your granduncle's past and hearing about the unique aspects of the Japanese American community in Wyoming was also very interesting:)



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