Voice Acting as "Cowgirl Sushi" and Creating an Animation Short in 1 Summer!
(Summer of 2011)
The animation short "Cowgirl Sushi" was featured in the film
"Dharma Road", nominated for Best Documentary at the Asians on Film Festival 2015 and recognized by the International Asian Film Festival 2014.
"Cowgirl Sushi" is a character that came to the Director (June Inuzuka) in a dream. This strong Cowgirl embodies the unique soul and spirit of the Japanese Americans in the Old Wild West. She rides her giant sushi, Shoga, through the wide Wyoming plains, with her grandma's ancient Shamoji as her weapon. Cowgirl Sushi comes face-to-face with the racist cowboys of the day, in a search for her kin.
This short animation was made in collaboration with the Writer/Director June Inuzuka, and Fuji Dreskin Illustration. The entire animationn was completed in 3 months with only one animator, Fuji, who also was the voice for the character.
"The vast majority of the Asians they enticed to the other side of the Pacific were young men in their prime working years, most of whom came without wives, parents, or children. Abused and maligned, their deeds unsung, these men were an indispensable workforce that helped to build the American West."
---Sucheng Chan, Asian Americans, An Interpretive History
June Inuzuka, the sole writer and director of this film, is my mother.
My brother was the illustrator behind the oficial poster and my sister was the photographer and graphic designer for the press package.
This is a true story of my mother, a California born Japanese American who begins on a quest to find my great great uncle's grave from the wild west mining days in Wyoming. As a huge fan of the historical wild west, I was shocked and amazed at what she found.
Official Film Description
"One day in 1987 my grandmother revealed she had once had an older brother. This was news to everyone, including her own children, one of whom was my dad. At that time, she was eighty-seven and said her greatest regret in life was never going to visit his grave. The reason? She didn't know where it was. All she knew was that he died in a mining accident somewhere in Wyoming when he was in his twenties.
I told my grandmother if I ever got the opportunity to look for his grave site, I'd try to find it for her. It seemed a safe promise at the time because I could not imagine ever being in Wyoming.
Fast forward twenty years later and I am in a station wagon heading to Wyoming north with my cameraman, Jayson Saylor and Reverend Kanya Okamoto, a Buddhist priest looking for my long, lost great uncle.
This documentary is about my journey to find my great uncle, the surprising things I learned about the first Japanese immigrants to Wyoming, and the conclusion to a family mystery that began in 1902 when my grandmother, then two, bid good-bye to a father and brother heading to America."
Other Projects and Personal Photos
(credits: Silver22 Studio, Andrea Dreskin Photography, Asian School Boy, Taz Photography, Loli B Photography)
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