This blog chronicles my experience making my first short film, Path of Dreams. My hope is that by reading about my journey and witnessing my challenges and successes that you are able to find insight and inspiration into how one can create with limited resources, and that you too are able to find your way along your path of dreams.
Thank you to all of our PATH OF DREAMS cast and crew for such an amazing shoot! Please navigate to http://pathofdreamsfilm.com/behind-scenes-2-2/ for some of our “behind the scenes” photos.
We have returned from shooting PATH OF DREAMS on location in Japan! Please navigate to
http://pathofdreamsfilm.com/filming-location-japan-2/ to see some of the photos!
PATH OF DREAMS has been listed as a “Hot Film to Watch” by From the Heart Productions! We were in the top 40 out of over 200 entered for their Summer 2015 Dean Grant!
Check out this great post!
The USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions & Culture in conjunction with Playwrights’ Arena and True Heart Films presents a staged reading of LIKE THE FLOW OF A RIVER by Velina Hasu Houston.
The play, which included the music of Misora Hibari, is about the impact of nuclear disaster globally as told through the life of Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese adolecent that died of an atomic bomb-related illness in Hiroshima in 1955.
Directed by Tamara Ruppart with Janette Jara as Production Manager, the reading will take place on April 12, 2015, 7pm, at Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC), 514 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA.
The USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture will host Action Through Art: The Poetry of Ono no Komachi on November 1, 2014. Please come to this FREE event to hear Writer/Producer Velina Hasu Houston, Producer Ko Mori, and Director/Producer Tamara Ruppart speak about their film PATH OF DREAMS. Actress Tamlyn Tomita will read selected poems by Ono no Komachi.
PATH OF DREAMS is a proud recipient of the 2014 Aurora Challenge Grant! Thank you, Aurora Foundation!
I’m directing Velina Hasu Houston’s “Kokoro (True Heart)” at USC’s Scene Dock Theatre!
“… Houston explores Japanese and American ethnic distinctions to often stunning effect. The line between the quick and the dead is a fine one in Houston’s cosmology, where spirits wander freely and the afterlife seamlessly melds with the now. Houston creates a timeless, timely parable of mother love and a woman wronged.” — Los Angeles Times
PREMIERED 1994, JAPAN SOCIETY, NEW YORK CITY
KOKORO (TRUE HEART)