Our Man in Tokyo is a short documentary about the struggles and obsessions of Shin Miyata, a Tokyo-based record label owner and music promoter who has been distributing Chicano music and bringing East Los Angeles bands to Japan for nearly 20 years. The film explores Miyata's personal connection to East LA, and the challenges of introducing authentic and diverse representations of Chicano culture to Japan. With an artist roster that includes Grammy winner Quetzal, Chicano Batman, and dozens of others, Miyata has devoted his life to forging relationships between seemingly disparate communities, using the power of music to bring people together.
ABOUT THE FILM
Our Man in Tokyo was created in conjunction with the exhibition Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo, which examined the experiences of artists of Japanese ancestry born, raised, or living in either Latin America or predominantly Latin American neighborhoods of Southern California. The exhibition was created by the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) with major funding provided by the Getty Foundation. The film is a production of the Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center at JANM.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
AKIRA BOCH is a filmmaker and Director of the Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center at JANM. He has an MFA in film directing from the UCLA School of Film, Television, and Digital Media, and has made dozens of short films, documentaries, and music videos. His award-winning first feature, The Crumbles, toured nationally at theaters, festivals, and universities.
Gatemouth Cafe - Saturday, May 26 - Osaka
Silicon Valley Asian Pacific Film Fest - Sunday, June 3 - San Jose, CA
Short Shorts Film Festival - Tokyo - Sunday, June 10 and Friday, June 22 - Tokyo
CAAM Fest - San Francisco, CA
Haretara Sorani Mamemaite - Daikanyama, Tokyo
Multiforo Cultural Alicia - Mexico City
Eastside Luv -Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, CA
Japanese American National Museum - Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA
Scripps College - Pomona, CA
Outdoor Concert curated by Shin Miyata @ JANM