At the San Francisco International Asian Amerian Film Festival, a memorial was held for the late Kayo Hatta. Some videos she made were shown, and family, friends, and colleagues talked about her work and her life.
Before a screening of Picture Bride, Tamlyn Tomita and Mari Hatta spoke about working on the film. Mari Hatta said she wrote the film in the early ’90s with her sister using modems and an early form of chat.
Fishbowl a short film directed by Mari Hatta based on Lois-Ann Yamanaka ‘s novel, Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers, was shown at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival in 2005. Many PBS stations aired it on Tuesday, May 9th, as part of Independent Lens (they have a Fishbowl website). Check your local listings because some stations show it on different days or will repeat it.
Hopefully PBS stations will also show it at time when young people can see it (most stations show Independent Lens late at night) during the broadcast window.
The short film skillfully tells a self-contained story in a way that people who have read the novel will appreciate and will inspire those who haven’t to pick the book up. It is the kind of story that doesn’t get told often enough, particularly with humor.
There is more online about both the book and film on the PBS website.[ADBLOCKHERE]