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Bio of Filmmaker: Christopher Lee (The Last Tear)

Christopher Lee- See director BIO

Christopher H.K. Lee is an award-winning filmmaker/writer/publisher and media artist. He has over 27 years of multi-cultural and diverse industry experience in the fields of architecture, interactive media, visual effects and animations as a director/producer and over twelve years of lecturing experience at colleges in both South Korea and the U.S. Mr. Lee has produced many feature and short films, including several others that raise awareness of Korean history, culture and current affairs titled “I am Grace,” “Rescued by Fate,” and “Fading Away.”

The Last Tear – Director’s Statement

I’d heard about the “comfort women” issue many times through the news, media, books, newspapers, and what not. But I never really had a true personal interest in the subject until my students and I began researching about the possibility of putting together a documentary on the topic. The conclusions of our research were a little different from what I was being told and described.

Regardless of whether or not this is a political or social issue, we felt responsible and struggled to think of what we could do for the survivors of this dark history, who still confront violence. Their constant pain and social outcry continues.

We traveled thousands of miles to visit the actual historical locations and had many opportunities to meet with the ladies still alive, and be witnesses of the scars left on their bodies and souls. Some were supported through political platforms, and some were a part of an organizational base trying to make their voice heard. Many of these actions though, are still unknown to the rest of the world.

These women are becoming weaker day by day and we believe that such traces of painful memories and tragic stories may not ever be healed, but by remembering them and embracing them, we will provide them with the sense of closure they need.

With great passion, our newer generations have learned and felt every emotion of our culture, history and heritage with a great appreciation for our surviving Harmonis (grandmothers).

Through our documentary film, we wish to share the emotions of the past and to connect our generations in a way that is surpassingly more humanistic. Through understanding the faults of the past, we allow them to never be erased, and prevent them from happening again.

MOVIESTHE LAST TEAR, 11min, USA, Documentary
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Get to know short film: THE LAST TEAR, 11min, USA, Documentary

Playing at the May 2016 Documentary Film Festival. Get your FREE Tickets

  MOVIE POSTERTHE LAST TEAR, 11min, USA, Documentary
Directed by Christopher Lee

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Sexual violence against women has accompanied almost every large-scale conflict, yet most of its victims are silenced. One such sad episode is that of the “comfort women,” or more accurately, the estimated 200,000 women who were recruited to sexually serve the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. As part of this immense system, many young women from all over Japan’s occupied territories in Asia were forced into service where they faced rape, torture and extreme violence at military camps, euphemistically termed “comfort stations.”

Since the early 1990s, the testimonies of these women shocked the world, and were eventually taken up as a serious human rights issue by the United Nations, a host of governments, and numerous independent NGOs. Taking a different, we aimed to listen to and gauge the true feelings of some of the few remaining survivors, believing that the sea of mass media and politics is largely drowning their voices out. We sought to hear their true wishes.

As part of our Fading Away documentary series, we hoped to give a voice to these women and search for a form of healing. We traveled thousands of miles to visit the historical locations and met with the some of few remaining survivors. Along the way, we became witnesses to the scars left on their bodies and souls. Our journey brought us to Japan, Korea, China and Taipei to meet with several experts, museums and NGOs. Our team gained great insight on this controversial issue that is still widely unknown to the rest of the world.

Now into their 80s and 90s, these women are becoming weaker day by day and we believe that such traces of painful memories and tragic stories may never be healed. But by remembering them and embracing them, we will provide a step towards their ultimate closure.

Our film’s purpose is to share the emotions of the past and to connect our generations in a more personal and humanistic way. Through understanding the faults of the past, we allow them to never be erased, and prevent them from happening again.

Read Press Stories:

“New documentary about a former comfort woman’s “Last Tear” Hankyoreh, Korea. Read Story

“Comfort women documentary to screen in Washington DC, Seoul on Liberation Day” The Korea Times Read Story

“Korean American Documentary on ‘Comfort Women’ Premieres in L.A.” KoreAM Read Story

“‘The Last Tear,’ about Korean women forced to be “comfort women” to Japanese soliders, will get special screenings timed to the 70th anniversary of Korean independence.” The Hollywood Reporter Read Story

Bio of Filmmaker: Andres Passoni (Champion)

Short Film playing at the May 2016 Documentary Film Festival. Get your FREE Tickets

Andres Passoni- See director BIO

Born in May 13 1988, in Pergamino, Buenos Aires province. Degree in Audiovisual Communication of University of Palermo. For two years he was Production Assistant in TODO CINE S.A, production company of director Maria Victoria Menis, and now he works as a Production Coordinator in Implementar Films.

His first short film Piscina, completed in 2011, represents his professional foray into the genre of experimental documentary short. It was televised on argentinian television channel INCAA TV and FESAALP TV (La Plata Channel SLP), it also toured national and international festivals, earning a mention in FESTIVAL AUDIOVISUAL SUCESOS AMBIENTALES, selected for competition in MARFICI, FESAALP, GREEN FILM FEST and FENACO PERU, and projected in the FESTIVAL DE CORTOS PENCA and in the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires at the Alliance Francaise in Video Art Cycle “Species of Spaces”.

Try Me, his second short film completed in 2012 continues to explore within the experimental fiction genre.

Champion, his third short film completed in 2016 is an experimental documentary that shows the exciting world of greyhound races.

MOVIESCHAMPION, 8min, Argentina, Documentary/Animal
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This Week’s Interviews with top Hollywood Film Crews and Film Festival Directors

Read the best of Interviews this week. Some of the most talented people working on Hollywood Films today, plus the most popular Film Festivals:

Interview with Makeup Artist Luigi Rocchetti (Gangs of New York, The Devil’s Advocate): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/14/interview-with-makeup-artist-luigi-rocchetti-gangs-of-new-york-the-devils-advocate/

Interview with Set Decorator Ute Bergk (The Dark Knight, Enemy at the Gates): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/15/interview-with-set-decorator-ute-bergk-the-dark-knight-enemy-at-the-gates/

Interview with Festival Director Kimberly Bush (DC Shorts Film Festival): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/16/interview-with-festival-director-kimberly-bush-dc-shorts-film-festival/

Interview with Stunt Performer Adam Kirley (Batman Begins, Casino Royale, Grimsby): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/17/interview-with-stunt-performer-adam-kirley-batman-begins-casino-royale-grimsby/

Interview with Production Designer Beth Mickle (Drive, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/19/interview-with-production-designer-beth-mickle-drive-whiskey-tango-foxtrot/

Interview with Composer David Buckley (The Good Wife, The Town): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/20/interview-with-composer-david-buckley-the-good-wife-the-town/

Interview with Festival Director Travis Gonzalez (Yale Student Film Festival): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/20/interview-with-festival-director-travis-gonzalez-yale-student-film-festival/

Interview with Cinematographer Checco Varese (The 33, Miracles From Heaven): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/22/interview-with-cinematographer-checco-varese-the-33-miracles-from-heaven/

Interview with Festival Director Mark Starks (Superhero Short Film Fest): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/25/interview-with-festival-director-mark-starks-superhero-short-film-fest/

FilmFreeway Founder Zachary Jones – 2 Year Anniversary Interview: http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/23/filmfreeway-founder-zachary-jones/

Interview with Cinematographer Adam Kimmel (Capote, Lars and the Real Girl): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/28/interview-with-cinematographer-adam-kimmel-capote-lars-and-the-real-girl/

Interview with 1st AD John McKeown (50/50, Albert Nobbs): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/25/interview-with-1st-ad-john-mckeown-5050-albert-nobbs/

Read Interviews with Professional Costume Designers

Read interviews with some of the top costume designers in the movie industry today:

Interview with Costume Designer Janelle Nicole Carothers (The Perfect Match):
Interview with Costume Designer Janelle Nicole Carothers (The Perfect Match)

From Janelle: I usually get brought on about 1 month before depending on the scale of the production. Sometimes as late as two weeks. I collaborate with the Production Designer. I report to my directors and producers. The wardrobe budget is given to me and I review the script along with the budget and see what the script requires and if it can be done on the budget I was given.

Interview with Costume Designer Linda Muir (The Witch, Bitten):
Interview with Costume Designer Linda Muir (The Witch, Bitten)

From Linda: Research is my thing. I do thorough research to inform my designs. In preparing to design costumes for The Witch I read approx. 1,800 pages of material in books produced by British historian Stuart Peachey, covering every aspect of 17thC clothing, such as weaving and dyeing wool, garment construction and pattern making, and notions like buttons and braided ties.

Interview with Costume Designer Ginger Martini:
Interview with Costume Designer Ginger Martini

From Ginger: It’s not as easy as it looks on tv. The hours are beyond gruelling and at first the money is non existent. But keep at it. Be nice to everyone, cuz you never know where your next job is coming from and who that Production Assisant will be later (maybe your next Production Manager) and only work for free for a little bit. Then bill what you’re worth and if you are good at it, the money will come.

Interview by Matthew Toffolo at http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Read this week’s top interviews from top Hollywood Film Talent

Read new interviews from some of the top film crew talents working on Hollywood Film Sets today. Insightful, entertaining, and educational interviews. Emmy Winners. Oscar Winners. Director of Photographers. Production Designers. Special Effects. Editor. Costume Designers. Directors. Producers.

Interview with Cinematographer Jeff Cutter (10 Cloverfield Lane)
Interview with Cinematographer Jeff Cutter (10 Cloverfield Lane)

Interview with Special Effects Coordinator Donnie Dean (Emmy Winner – American Horror Story)
Interview with Special Effects Coordinator Donnie Dean (Emmy Winner – American Horror Story)

Interview with Cinematographer Natasha Braier (The Neon Demon, The Rover)
Interview with Cinematographer Natasha Braier (The Neon Demon, The Rover)

Interview with Editor Jake Roberts (Oscar Nominated film BROOKLYN)
Interview with Editor Jake Roberts (Oscar Nominated film BROOKLYN)

Interview with Cinematographer Mitesh Mirchandani (NEERJA)
Interview with Cinematographer Mitesh Mirchandani (NEERJA)

Interview with Director Rob Hawk
Interview with Director Rob Hawk

Interview with Production Designer Jane Musky (When Harry Met Sally…, Ghost)
Interview with Production Designer Jane Musky (When Harry Met Sally…, Ghost)

Interview with Director/Production Designer David Hackl (SAW Franchise)
Interview with Director/Production Designer David Hackl (SAW Franchise)

Interview with Costume Designer Linda Muir (The Witch, Bitten)
Interview with Costume Designer Linda Muir (The Witch, Bitten)

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Read Interviews from Top Film Crews working in Hollywood

Read interviews from some of the most talented people working in film today:

Interview with Oscar Nominated Production Designer Michael Corenblith:

Interview with Oscar Nominated Production Designer Michael Corenblith (Apollo 13, The Blind Side)

Interview with Star Wars Storyboard Artist Stephen Forrest Smith:

Interview with Storyboard Artist Stephen Forrest-Smith (Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Dark Knight)

Interview with Music Editor/Composer John M. Davis:

Interview with Music Editor/Composer John M. Davis (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)

Interview with Line Producer Alton Walpole:

Interview with Line Producer Alton Walpole (Crazy Heart, The Spirit, Baraka)

Interview with Star Wars Stunt Performer James Cox:

Interview with Stunt Performer James Cox (Star Wars VII, The Dark Knight Rise)

Interview with Actor James Wallis:

Interview with Actor James Wallis (Shakespeare BASH’d)

Interview with Animator Matt Burniston:

Interview with Animator Matt Burniston (The Mega Plush – Winner Best Film January 2016 Film Festival)

Interview with Filmmaker Jordan Inconstant: 

Interview with filmmaker Jordan Inconstant (YO SOY PEDRO)

Interview with Filmmaker William Mussini:

Interview with Filmmaker William Mussini (F**KING WORLD)