In July, after more than five years of work on the film, we officially wrapped principal photography on Finding KUKAN. Hooray! With the support of the National Endowment for the Arts we were finally able to collaborate with the creative geniuses behind ShadowLight Productions and Blind Design to produce and film the gorgeous shadow theater recreations for our film. The month we spent in a darkened studio warehouse space in Oakland was an experiential lesson for me in breaking through fear and frustration to create magic – the kind of magic that can only occur by working with others. You can view some behind the scenes photographs of our work process HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
The fall brought another major gift – being accepted as one of the four documentary fellows at the NALIP ARC Female Filmmaker Residency in North Troy, VT. Besides getting to see the fall colors and gorgeous VT landscape, I was able to workshop an early rough cut draft of Finding KUKAN with a group of super talented and supportive female filmmakers of diverse backgrounds. Their feedback and encouragement continues to inspire me to take this film to a new level.
Thanks to the support of hundreds of people, we are on track to premiere Finding KUKAN in 2016 to celebrate two major anniversaries – the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the 75th anniversary of the Academy Award documentary category. Much work on the film still needs to be done: music composition, visual effects, sound design, color correcting, and licensing our archival elements. But we are taking a little holiday break to celebrate a very rewarding year and toast to the many adventures ahead.