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2021 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Christopher Makoto Yogi’s I Was a Simple Man

2021 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Christopher Makoto Yogi’s I Was a Simple Man

His debut feature August at Akiko’s premiered at the 2018 Intl. Rotterdam Film Festival and he quickly followed this up by with his sophomore feature I Was a Simple Man – a project that he workshopped/and received support via the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs (we got to interview him), IFP Film Week, Film Independent’s Fast Track, Sundance Catalyst, and received a Jerome Foundation grant. Steve Iwamoto, Constance Wu and Tim Chiou star in a project filmed in Hawaii.

Gist: Was a Simple Man is a ghost story set in the pastoral countryside of the north shore of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i. Told in four chapters, it tells the story of an elderly man facing the end of his life, visited by the ghosts of his past. Incorporating Asian & Hawaiian mythology, dream logic, and horror, I Was a Simple Man is a time-shifting story that takes us from the high-rises of contemporary Honolulu to the pre-WWII sugar plantations of O‘ahu and, finally, into the beyond.

Production Co./Producers: Sarah Kim.

2020 American Film Festival in Poland

Prediction: NEXT

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available.

2020 American Film Festival in Poland

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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