FORGIVE-DON’T FORGET – VIRGINIA PREMIERE
2016, U.S./Japan, 71 Minutes, Unrated, English and Japanese with subtitles
Friday, February 24, 2017 – 3:00 PM
Special Guests: Writer/Editor/Co-director Austin Journey (W&M ’11) & Executive Producer/Co-director Brad Bennett
Hosted By: Michael Cronin, Associate Professor/Director of the W&M Japanese Program
When Japan surrendered to the U.S. at the end of World War II, numerous Japanese swords were confiscated and taken back to the U.S. In order to better understand the past and build a bridge between cultures in the present, an American filmmaker attempts to return one of these surrendered swords to its original owner. Writer, Editor, and Co-director Austin Journey (W&M ’11) and Executive Producer and Co-director Brad Bennett will be present for a Q&A session following the film.
Executive Producer / Co-director, Forgive-Don’t Forget
Beginning his career documenting professional surf culture around the world, Brad focused on cinematography and video journalism until he founded Shaking Hands Productions in 2004. The company has garnered numerous awards for cinematography since its inception and has been featured in various publications.
Writer/Editor/Co-director, Forgive-Don’t Forget
Having studied film and media in school, Austin (W&M ’11) began freelance work as a video producer in 2011 working with such organizations as Monticello and Hello Studios. Previously, Austin edited the 2011 film Rough Draft which won Best First Feature at the Williamsburg International Film Festival in Brooklyn.
2017, USA, 3 min, Director Nathan Rabalais
Scenes from a documentary-in-progress about the complexities and evolution of linguistic and cultural identities in Louisiana today. Director Nathan Rabalais is an Assistant Professor in French & Francophone Studies.
Director, Finding Cajun
Nathan Rabalais is Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at William and Mary. A native of Louisiana with a background in music, Nathan is interested in how language and identity are intertwined in French-speaking North America and how this affects culture, education, and tourism.
2106, USA, 16 min, Director Tyler Trumbo (W&M ’07)
As a child Patrick Humphrey had no idea his father was a spy. How much can we really know someone through the stories we inherit?
Tyler Trumbo (W&M ’07) is a Virginia-based documentary filmmaker and editor born and raised along the Blue Ridge Mountains. His work has been featured in The Atlantic and shown around the world including screenings at Sheffield Doc/Fest, Slamdance Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and the Virginia Film Festival. He holds an M.F.A in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University and has served in the past as an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University.