Folk Films
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My Home is a Dog that Lives Inside Me

My Home is a Dog that Lives Inside Me
ふるさと、俺の中に生きる犬

 

An old folk singer returns to a small seaside village, visits past people, plays to moments, and holds a small untidy concert.

13 min  |  16mm  |  16:9  |  Australia, Japan  |  2017

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Starring
友川  カズキ
KAZUKI TOMOKAWA

Story and Direction by ADAM BRIGGS
Produced by RACHEL CHOI

Co-Producers
重盛  真知子
MACHIKO SHIGEMORI
ADAM BRIGGS
JOSHUA WILKINSON

Cinematographer
ADRIC WATSON

Sound
JOSHUA WILKINSON

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 Adam and Josh first travelled to the remote Japanese island of Sado in November 2013. 
Inspired by their experiences there, Adam wrote a story set on the island.  As it turns out, this story proved difficult to produce into a movie, but by then we had some pieces to work with. One such piece, an important one, was an amenable nod from the legendary Japanese folk musician Kazuki Tomokawa. 

In March 2016, our small crew of six Australians arrived on Sado. 
We shot the film in one day, with locals from Seki and neighbouring villages (all non-actors) and no script. 
The process was spontaneous and very special.

In making this film with this local community, we felt we brought a brief but bright spark to their lives, and them to ours.
 

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in Sado everyone has shadows
dogs have hearts
mountains talk trees
fish huddle
in winter waves
sun comes out of people
in the snow
children dream
of old days
the rain fogs the lamp

we brought a song on a rusted guitar
and it rained
Tomokawa was a child in the snow
from Akita
children were friends, and he drank
not to sleep,
but to the ocean

we filmed him
remember
we all stood around and played
sang, drank, listened
to Kawabe's smile
 

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Screenings

13th Dallas International Film Festival, 11 - 18 April 2019
Official selection

29th New Orleans Film Festival, 17 - 25 October 2018
Official selection

72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival, 20 June - 1 July 2018
Official competition, Award for Best Short Film (Nominated)

10th Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival, 5 - 8 October 2017
Official competition, Award for Best Cinematography (Special mention)


More information

Read the interview article Tomokawa in the first edition of The Adventure Handbook (available to order online).