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
Story and Direction by ADAM BRIGGS
Produced by RACHEL CHOI
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.
in Sado everyone has shadows
dogs have hearts
mountains talk trees
in winter waves
sun comes out of people
in the snow
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
children were friends, and he drank
not to sleep,
but to the ocean
we filmed him
we all stood around and played
sang, drank, listened
to Kawabe's smile
13th Dallas International Film Festival, 11 - 18 April 2019
29th New Orleans Film Festival, 17 - 25 October 2018
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)