As part of Lexus’ dedication to surpassing expectations, providing a luxury experience for its customers, and ongoing support for up-and-coming creators, we are proud to announce Lexus Short Films 2014.
Two films highlighting the theme, “Life is Amazing,” will premiere in Tokyo, Los Angeles, and New York. Produced by The Weinstein Company and directed and written by promising young directors and writers, these films are a unique opportunity for the young creators to develop and share their talents on the international stage.
These beautifully designed short films will be screened at festivals around the world and then released digitally in October 2014. Follow Lexus for up-to-date information on where you will be able to view them.
Jon was born in Boulder, Colorado and also spent several years of his adolescence in Paris, acquiring an early taste for world cinema, foreign languages, and international stories. His short film "Diplomacy," a wry take on the power of interpreters in top-level negotiations between the United States and Iran, played at over two dozen film festivals worldwide, winning jury and audience awards in Paris, Aspen, New York, Switzerland, and Mexico. Jon was previously both an Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Nicholl Fellowship Finalist and Netflix/Film Independent FIND Your Voice Film Competition Finalist.
Born in Tokyo, Satsuki earned her BA from Nihon University College of Arts and went on to graduate with an MFA from Columbia University in New York. Upon her graduation from Columbia, she directed several short films including "Koyuki’s Wandering Football", which was commissioned for the Japanese Professional Football League as the J-league’s 20 year anniversary project. Last year’s Yubari favorite "Little Kyota Neon Hood" went on to gain acclaim on the international film festival circuit. The film not only won numerous awards domestically, but internationally.
Ken Ochiai made his first film at age 12 and left his hometown of Tokyo after high school to pursue his dream of becoming a film director in the United States. Ochiai graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 2006 with a BA in production and received his MFA from the American Film Institute Conservatory in directing.
To date, Ochiai has made more than 30 short films, commercials, and music videos, as well as three feature films. Of these, "Frog In The Well" won the Crystal Award at the Heartland Film Festival, and "Miyuki’s Wind Bell" won the Sapporo Peace Award at the Sapporo Short Fest.
Lexus Short Films 2014 premiered in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday, May 29th to an audience of over 700 guests, including 200 media representatives. The event took place in Shibuya's Hikarie building, with appearances from Lexus Executive Vice President Mark Templin, the directors and writers of both films, and David Glasser, Chief Operating Officer of The Weinstein Company. Following the premiere, Lexus hosted an after party at the nearby restaurant, cafe, and gallery space, INTERSECT BY LEXUS.