A SONG FILM BY KISHI BASHI: "OMOIYARI"
DIRECTED BY JUSTIN TAYLOR SMITH AND KAROU ISHIBASHI
PRODUCED BY JJ GERBER
Opening OCTOBER 6
IFC CENTER in New York
Opening OCTOBER 6
Laemmle Glendale in Los Angeles
Nationwide expansion to follow
World Premiere - SXSW 2022
Best Feature Documentary - DisOrient Asian Film Festival of Oregon 2022
Best Feature Documentary (Audience Award) - Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Fesitval 2022
Official Selection - Woodstock Film Festival 2023
In A SONG FILM BY KISHI BASHI: “OMOIYARI,” internationally acclaimed composer and songwriter K Ishibashi (professionally known as "Kishi Bashi") embarks on a personal quest by creating his music in locations relevant to the Japanese American Incarceration during WWII. It is on this journey in which Kishi Bashi comes to terms with his own Japanese American identity and uncovers a myriad of social issues that have gripping modern relevance. OMOIYARI is a genre breaking, artistic exploration that fuses history, music, and the complexities of the human condition.
Kishi Bashi (K) had been commissioned by Nu Deco Ensemble to create a multimedia piece surrounding Executive Order 9066. He and co-director Smith started to film K’s musical improvisations at these historical Japanese American incarceration camps across the US, with the original vision of making a behind-the-scenes short film. However, what transpired with the up-close and personal filming and intimate performances became this emotional and beautiful feature documentary that has now become a “song film.”
A SONG FILM BY KISHI BASHI: “OMOIYARI” will open theatrically on October 6 in select cities including New York and Los Angeles with performances by Kishi Bashi at planned screenings. A national roll out will continue throughout the fall. In addition, planned screenings/performance tours with Kishi Bashi will also be starting at the end of October along with the release of the film’s soundtrack.
A SONG FILM BY KISHI BASHI: “OMOIYARI” will serve as a special screening at the upcoming Woodstock Film Festival this coming September 30 in Woodstock, NY.
ABOUT A SONG FILM BY KISHI BASHI: “OMOIYARI”
A SONG FILM BY KISHI BASHI: “OMOIYARI” is directed by Justin Taylor Smith and Kaoru Ishibashi. The film is produced by JJ Gerber and Jim Angelo with Executive Producers Ryan Suffern, Jenny Mills and MTV Executive Producer Sheila Nevins. Music and score are provided by Kishi Bashi, and the Director of Photography is Max Ritter.