Dec. 15 event set for Turtle Beach Store on Artesia
Caught up in the Holiday Spirit, "The Manzanar Fishing Club" filmmakers and a very special guest will host a Homecoming DVD Signing Party at Turtle Beach Company Store 1-3 pm on Saturday, Dec. 15. Singer-songwriter Harold Payne will join the festivities and perform a set highlighted by the theme song of the movie, "To Be Free."
"We're very excited about having this event in Gardena," said the movie's director and co-producer Cory Shiozaki. "So many members of our team are from Gardena that we all felt it was appropriate to hold this event here in our hometown. And what a thrill it was when Harold agreed to play!"
The film was met with a rousing reception during a limited theatrical release that covered the West Coast, Hawaii, Washington, DC and New York. A particularly exciting local highlight was a two-week run at the AMC South Bay Galleria in September. The DVD was released just last month.
The Turtle Beach Company Store is located at 1693 W. Artesia Blvd.
"We had a great time in the theaters," Shiozaki added, "and we look forward to resuming in 2013. But we also want to reach out to even more people with the DVD. This is an important story that needs to be remembered."
"a terrific documentary" (The Seattle Times), "absorbing"
(Los Angeles Times) and "a window into something that still remains
mysterious" (San Francisco Chronicle), "The Manzanar Fishing
Club" chronicles the WWII Japanese American internment from a unique perspective:
through the eyes of those who slipped past the armed guards, barbed wire and
searchlights to fish for trout in the surrounding waters of the Sierra Nevada.
The injustice of the internment has been well documented in books, television and film. Rather than focus on the confinement itself, the movie spotlights real-life stories of freedom and the human spirit, dating back seven decades to when the first trainloads of prisoners arrived at the remote military-style camp in eastern California.
Reflecting the strong Gardena roots of this significant film, in addition to Shiozaki and Harold Payne, writer/co-producer Richard Imamura, executiver producer Alan Sutton, promo man Chris Payne and narrator Scott Sutton are also locals. Editor/co-producer Lester Chung and co-narrator Philip Friedman hail from nearby Torrance.