A Flicker In Eternity

SATURDAY, November 12, 2011 2:00 PM

Tateuchi Democracy Forum at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

111 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles Little Tokyo

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 28 — Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts organization, will conclude the first season of its ongoing screening series “Border Crossings” with the World Premiere screening of Ann Kaneko and Sharon Yamato’s A FLICKER IN ETERNITY, which chronicles the life and times of Stanley Hayami. The screening will take place on Saturday, November 12, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum of the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in Los Angeles Little Tokyo.

Stanley Hayami (1925-1945) was a student from San Gabriel who attended high school at the Heart Mountain Concentration Camp in Wyoming. Hayami left Heart Mountain in June 1944 to join the 442nd Regimental Combat Team of the U.S. Army and was killed in combat in Northern Italy on April 23, 1945, while trying to help a fellow soldier. He was only nineteen years old.

Based on Hayami’s diary and letters archived at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, CA, A FLICKER IN ETERNITY tells the true World War II story of a talented young teenager caught between his dream of becoming an artist and his duty to his country. This coming-of-age tale chronicles Stanley’s life behind barbed wire and as a soldier who was part of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

Co-directors Ann Kaneko (OVERSTAY; AGAINST THE GRAIN) and Sharon Yamato (OUT OF INFAMY: MICHI NISHIURA WEGLYN), working with producer Joanne Oppenheim (author of the book, Stanley Hayami: Nisei Son, as well as the well-regarded book Dear Miss Breed), drew from Hayami’s diary and letters to his family to capture his humor and imagination through endearing cartoons and witty observations that provide a firsthand look at the indignity of incarceration and the tragedy of war. The film additionally utilizes the vocal talents of noted actors Amy Hill and Aaron Yoo to bring to life the musings of Stan and his sister Sach.

Veteran film/television editor Walt Louie contributed to the finished film, which includes animated sequences produced by local artists Daisy Lin, Jose Acosta, and Hedy Yudaw.

“In many ways, the story of Stanley Hayami is quite similar to that of Anne Frank,” said co-director Yamato. “He dealt with the pain of isolation and impending sacrifice with a mix of humor and insightfulness that shone through the source materials we worked with. We hope that our film brings out the spirit of Stanley’s writings and is embraced by all who screen it.”

A FLICKER IN ETERNITY is presented in association with the Japanese American National Museum as part of the ongoing series “Border Crossings” at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum, 111 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012. Parking is available at City Lot #7 (enter on Judge John Aiso Street, adjacent to the David Henry Hwang Theatre. Admission is free with paid admission to JANM; Free to JANM and Visual Communications members with valid I.D. The presentation of A FLICKER IN ETERNITY is supported by the Civil Liberties Public Education Program, Japanese American Community Services, and an Artists’ Resources for Completion grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation.

Established in 1970, Visual Communications is the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts organization and is dedicated to the honest and accurate portrayals of Asian Pacific American peoples, communities and heritage through the media arts. Visual Communication promotes intercultural understanding through the creation, presentation, preservation and support of media works by and about Asian Pacific Americans.

Visual Communications is funded in part by the Aratani Foundation, California Community Foundation, Getty Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Japan Foundation, Japanese American community Services (JACS), Sony, Takahashi Foundation, National Film Preservation Fund APCF, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, Academy Foundation, Union Bank, National Endowment for the Arts Recovery Act Grant, VC Stakeholders and corporate and community supporters.

For more information contact Visual Communications at info@vconline.org, or (213) 680-4462 or visit the event page at: www.janm.org.

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