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I love making movies. Films, as with all great forms of art, are portals to our souls. As a child, I could easily spend the entire day writing and telling stories. Gratefully, as an adult, my days are spent in the same manner. With the hope of connecting audiences around the world, it is my dream and goal to create personal culture-crossing films filled with strong positive messages that explore, and reveal, the raw and complex nature of human emotion.

Studying at the prestigious University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts’ Graduate Film Production Program has provided me both a tremendous education and numerous potential career-building opportunities. As I prepare to embark on my venture into the “real” world, my immediate future revolves around the completion of my graduate thesis short film, Singing Moon.

The story behind Singing Moon is one I MUST tell. It represents the culmination of everything I have learned in life and serves not solely as an academic graduation requirement but also as my introductory calling card as an artist to the film and television industry. On a cold morning in December ’09, back in my hometown of Sendai, Japan, I asked myself: “What if our spirits still exist after we die and try to hold onto our loved ones?” If I were to perish unexpectedly, I would do whatever possible to come back to be with those I love, make sure they were safe and happy and say a proper goodbye. Over the last three years, death has claimed several dear friends and family members. Though I still grieve in silence, I feel as if their spirits surround me to this day.

Losing a loved one forces all of us to question the fragility of human life. As sentient beings, the poor choices we make in life often oblige us to confront our deepest fears and imperfections. The success or failure of our spiritual growth as individuals, in life and death, is directly tied to our ability to take responsibility for our past actions and to forgive those who have trespassed against us. Singing Moon began as an exploration of the journey of our spirits and has evolved into a healing and fun filled adventure.

USC requires for all SCA films, especially thesis films to be made at the highest level of professionalism and I could not have asked for a more talented and supportive team of passionate artists to help make Singing Moon a reality. I am pleased to announce that we just finished our film! As all USC-SCA thesis films are self funded productions, students, namely the director, rely on the kindness and aid of family, friends, and business communities to bring their visions to reality.

We need your help. With your support and generosity, TEAM SINGING MOON can finish our poster shoots, make professional DVDs and tapes, and send the finished product to film festivals all over the world. You will all have a hand in screening Singing Moon to audiences worldwide, and more importantly, hopefully in your home city!

No donation is too small. In addition to my heartfelt thanks and gratitude, each contributor will receive the following gift(s) as follows:

$20 or more… 1 burned DVD of the film

$100 or more… 1 burned DVD of the film and 2 free tickets to the film’s premiere in L.A.

$500 or more… 1 official DVD of the film and 2 free tickets to the film’s premiere in L.A.

$1000 or more… 1 official DVD of the film, 1 poster, and 2 free tickets to the film’s premiere in L.A.

$2,000 or more… 1 special souvenir from Japan, 1 official DVD of the film, 1 poster, and 2 free tickets to the film’s premiere in L.A.

$5,000 or more… 2 special souvenirs from Japan, 1 official DVD of the film, 1 poster, and 4 free tickets to the film’s premiere in L.A.

Any and all donations can be made in person, by mail, or credit card via PayPal.

To contribute directly, please make checks payable to:
Singing Moon_c/o Chiyume Sugawara and mail checks to:
Chiyume Sugawara_
3630 Marathon St, Apt 233_Los Angeles, CA 90026

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support in making Singing Moon a reality.

Sincerely,

Chiyume Sugawara