Place of Hope

A Film and Community Movement to Save the Kasama Potters
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Henry Mochida
Film
Honolulu, Hawaii
United States
10 Team Members

UPDATE!

Our home-stretch goal is to hit the coveted 100 contributors! Please help get the word out about this great cause! Any donation amount goes a long way. We are also accepting mail-in donations. Please mail checks to our fiscal sponsor:


SKP c/o Interisland Terminal 

691 Auahi Street • Honolulu, HI 96813


THANK YOU!


This campaign seeks completion funds for a short documentary to support a Japan potters community whose industry was crushed by the earthquake. The proceeds will be shared with the Save Kasama Potters (SKP) Foundation in Japan. Subsequent film distribution will also be used to promote the SKP cause.

東北大震災は 300年続く陶芸の町笠間にも破壊的な危害をもたらしました。コ ミュニティーボランティア、セーブ笠間ポッターズはいち早く再建の為に動き出 し、その復興に励んでいます。皆様からより多くの義援金のご支援をお願い致します。

募金額によって 数々の特典が得られます! 詳しくは右のコラム、又は下記の日本語説明をご覧下さい。


The devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011 created major long-lasting disruptions to every facet of the daily lives of people, including potters in the town of Kasama. Located in Ibaragi Prefecture, Kasama has a long history of ceramic-making dating from the 1700s, and is one of the most important art and craft centers in eastern Japan. The March 2011 earthquake was especially heartbreaking for this small town as kilns and ceramics were destroyed, devastating livelihoods in just a matter of moments. In immediate attempts to repair the kilns, the aftershocks weakened the same havoc several times over. The Kasama potters are still recovering from the devastation.


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The Craft of the Kasama Community


After the March 2011 earthquake, the potter community of Kasama has constantly struggled to rebuild and retain its artform and livelihood. A hand-made ceramic from Kasama carries life in it. It safeguards the art and history of the potter craft, and provides a way of living with family, creative expression, and livelihoods made with nature.


In November 2011, our filmmaking team from Hawai‘i traveled to Kasama, Japan, to document the devastation and story of the Kasama Potters. We used our own funds and resources, including the help of our friends. The result is a short film that we are titling Place of Hope—The Kasama Potters Community and the Great Ordeal!


About the Film

Place of Hope—The Kasama Potters Community and the Great Ordeal!

 

Our will film focus on Akio Nukaga, a Kasama potter who spearheads a movement to bring potters together to rebuild and rejuvenate Kasama and its rich ceramic-making heritage. Under the banner of “Save Kasama”, the movement is reaching beyond Kasama to nearby towns as people join together in ways they had not done before and voluntarily help each other to recover from the devastation of the March 2011 earthquake. Saving Kasama represents more than just the recovery of a local economy. In recent years, new generations of people had began coming to Kasama with a spirit of revitalizing declining rural regions of Japan through ceramics and related arts and crafts. In this way, saving Kasama represents hope for all of Japan to sustain strong communities and family lives and livelihoods in the country’s post-industrial age.

 

Give and Receive


The short film that we are in the process of finishing will help raise awareness of the affected livelihood of potters in Kasama, Japan. In order to complete the film, we will need funds for hard drives, post production editing, DVD design and packaging, developing and repurposing the film for academic use, and website development.


The total cost of making of this film is $40,000 including preproduction, research, travel, equipment and labor. With your help, we can complete the film, pay our crew, make DVDs, put up a website and create academic material. Furthermore, in the spirit of this good cause, we will share a portion of all proceeds directly with the Save Kasama Potters foundation! Help us to make it happen.


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The Stroke of Community Spirit

 

The Hawaii Senior Life Enrichment Association has graciously given our team some space at the 18th Annual Honolulu Festival / 2012 Japan Hawaii Culture Expo in the Hawai‘i Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. The festival and expo will take place on the weekend of March 3-4, 2012, where we will premiere our film, Place of Hope—The Kasama Potters Community and the Great Ordeal!


The festival and expo will be our chance to commemorate the anniversary of the disaster in Japan, bring awareness to a community of Japanese potters, and mostly to celebrate the art of hand-made ceramics and pottery in a philanthropic spirit. With momentum building, potters from Kasama and Hawai‘i have agreed to participate in these events!


With your support on IndieGoGo and at the events, we can help the Kasama potters rebuild their kilns, their lives, and their craft.


Contribute Now / å‹Ÿé‡‘


セーブ笠間ポッターズ

オンラインチャリティー運動

ドキュメンタリー 笠間焼の復興 / プレイスオブホープ

キャンペーンは3月1日まで。$20,000をゴールにしております。

募金特典について:

物品は3月3日4日にハワイコンベンションセンターにて受け渡し又は郵送。

 

$20して頂いた方には:

ホームページ、笠間焼の復興 / プレイスオブホープにお名前を載せさせて頂きます。

 

$50して頂いた方には:

ホームページ、笠間焼の復興 / プレイスオブホープにお名前を掲載。

ドキュメンタリーをオンラインでご覧いただけます (期限付)

 

$100して頂いた方には:

ホームページ、笠間焼の復興 / プレイスオブホープにお名前を掲載。

ドキュメンタリーをオンラインでご覧いただけます (期限付)

額賀章夫氏サイン入りポストカード

笠間焼作家作成の箸置き

 

$300して頂いた方には:

“スペシャル・サンクス”として、映画内にお名前を掲載。

ホームページ、笠間焼の復興 / プレイスオブホープにお名前を掲載。

ドキュメンタリーDVD

額賀章夫氏サイン入り笠間焼の復興 / プレイスオブホープ・ポスター

ハワイ陶芸作家の陶器絵馬

コンベンションセンターでの陶器購入10%引き

 

$500して頂いた方には:

“アソシエート・プロデューサー”として、映画内にお名前を掲載。

ホームページ、笠間焼の復興 / プレイスオブホープにお名前を掲載。

サイン入り、コレクター用ドキュメンタリーDVD

額賀章夫氏サイン入り笠間焼の復興 / プレイスオブホープ・ポスター

ハワイ陶芸作家の陶器絵馬 及び おちょこ

コンベンションセンターでの陶器購入20%引き

 

$1,000して頂いた方には (お3人のみ):

“プロデューサー”として、映画内にお名前を掲載。

ホームページ、笠間焼の復興 / プレイスオブホープにお名前を掲載。

サイン入り、コレクター用ドキュメンタリーDVD

額賀章夫氏サイン入り笠間焼の復興 / プレイスオブホープ・ポスター

笠間焼作家作成の飯椀

コンベンションセンターでの陶器購入30%引き

 

$2,000して頂いた方には (お1人のみ):

“エクゼクティブ・プロデューサー”として、映画の前後二回にお名前を掲載。

ホームページ、笠間焼の復興 / プレイスオブホープにお名前を掲載。

サイン入り、コレクター用ドキュメンタリーDVD

額賀章夫氏サイン入り笠間焼の復興 / プレイスオブホープ・ポスター

笠間焼作家作成の飯椀とマグカップ

コンベンションセンターでの陶器購入


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Our Support

Supported by 協賛 :

Japan Hawaii Culture Expo 2012

Hawaii Senior Life Enrichment Association/Nadeshiko Club

ジャパンハワイカルチャーエクスポ2012

ハワイシニアライフ協会/ナデシコクラブ

  

$8,220USD
raised by 81 people in 28 days
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  • $20USD
    Clay Wedger

    Recognition on the film microsite!

    30 claimed
  • $50USD
    Kiln Loader

    Recognition on the film microsite • Limited time digital rental of film!

    13 claimed
  • $100USD
    Bisque Firer

    Recognition on the film microsite • Limited time digital rental of film • Signed postcard signed by Akio Nukaga • Hashi-oki made by Kasama potters!

    18 claimed
  • $300USD
    Glaze Maker

    "Special Thanks" credit in the film • Recognition on the film microsite • DVD copy of the film • "Save Kasama" poster signed by Akio Nukaga • Ceramic Ema made by Hawai‘i potters • 10% discount off pottery bought at the expo!

    2 claimed
  • $500USD
    Fire Stoker

    "Associate Producer" credit in the film • Recognition on the film microsite • Signed Collector's Edition DVD of the film • "Save Kasama" poster signed by Akio Nukaga • Ceramic Ema and sake cup made by Hawai‘i potters • 20% discount off pottery bought at the expo!

    1 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Connoisseur

    "Producer" credit in the film • Recognition on the film microsite • Signed Collector's Edition DVD of the film • "Save Kasama" poster signed by Akio Nukaga • Save Kasama Potters' rice bowl • 30% discount off pottery bought at the expo!

    1 out of 3 claimed
  • $2,000USD
    Gallery Curator

    "Executive Producer" credit in beginning and end of the film • Recognition on the film microsite • Signed Collector's Edition DVD of the film • "Save Kasama" poster signed by Akio Nukaga • Save Kasama Potters' rice bowl and mug • 40% discount off pottery bought at the expo!

    1 out of 2 claimed
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