Cast: Kana Hatakeyama, Lenny Thomas
Filmmaker and Actor Kana Hatakeyama (OKAASAN) is back at CAAMFest with a new vibrant and hilarious story about seeking your joyful, deepest nature through technology, human connection…and sweat. Social-media and image obsessed Lili wants to get fit so she hires Lorenzo to be her trainer. Intense and mysterious, Lorenzo’s passionate and unique methods lead Lili on a very unexpected journey.
THIS FILM IS AVAILABLE ON DEMAND.
About the filmmaker: Kana Hatakeyama is an award-winning Japanese + American filmmaker and actor based in Brooklyn. “FITNESS! or a story about SWEAT,” her second film as writer-director, most recently screened at the Museum of Modern Art in NY, following screenings at Brooklyn Film Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival, and DC Shorts Festival. Her first film “okaasan (mom),” filmed in Japan, premiered at Brooklyn Film Festival, followed by screenings at New Orleans Film Festival (Audience Award), Nitehawk Shorts Festival (First Time Filmmaker Award, Audience Award), Dallas International Film Festival (Special Jury Award), Nantucket Film Festival, CAAMFest, San Diego Asian Film Festival, and more, and can currently be seen online on NoBudge, Directors Notes and Future of Film is Female Streaming. She received a grant from Future of Film is Female for “FITNESS! or a story about SWEAT,” and for her first feature screenplay “Dollyamory” currently in development, she was a resident at SPACE on Ryder Farm. Acting credits include “Orange is the New Black,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” and “Tape” (starring Isabelle Fuhrman, dir. Deborah Kampmeier). Kana grew up in both Japan and the United States, and has also spent time living in France, Argentina and Kenya. She is a graduate of Duke University.
Due to the global pandemic, many of us have been stuck inside our homes without the ability to move our bodies. In this dynamic shorts program, watch these characters dance, run, exercise and find creative ways to stay healthy.