Screening in Phoenix, Arizona on March 28, 2019

Marlene Shigekawa on panel with cast member, Patty Tsubokawa Reeves, and with Kathy Nakagawa, Professor of Asian Studies at Arizona State University. Screening took place at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center.

Interview on NBC Bay Area

Marlene Shigekawa was interviewed by Robert Handa for his NBC Bay Area show -Asian Pacific America.  It was broadcasted on Dec. 2 on COZI.  View the interview at:

San Jose Screening – October 28, 2018

Over 350 attendees were present at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin.

Panel included Amy Tsubokawa, Stephanie Gillman, Patty Tsubokawa Reeves,

Marlene Shigekawa & Zahra Billoo with Robert Handa as moderator.

Larkspur Screening – September 16, 2018

Panelists included:  Marlene Shigekawa, Executive Producer & Co-Director;

Cast Members – Monica Embrey & Mary Higuchi.  Moderator – John Sasaki,

former KTVU News Reporter in the Bay Area & current Director of Communications,

Oakland Unified School District.

Sacramento Screening at Crest Theater- August 26, 2018

Moderator – Jana Katsuyama, KTVU Fox 2 News Reporter;
Panelists: Marlene Shigekawa, Executive Producer/Co-Director;
Sharon Ito, Manager of Communications & Public Affairs, Sacramento State University;
Amy Tsubokawa, Cast; Patty Tsubokawa Reeves, Cast.

Screening in Missoula, Montana on Nov. 8, 2017

Marlene Shigekawa with Kristjana Eyjolfsson, Educational Director of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. University of Montana and the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula sponsored our screening of For the Sake of the Children


San Francisco Screening At New People Cinema on Oct. 22, 2017

Panel discussion following screening includes:

Jana Katsuyama, KTVU Fox 2 News Reporter,

Zahra Billoo from CAIR, Alan Nishio,

Karen Korematsu and Marlene Shigekawa.

Event was sponsored by the National Japanese

American Historical Society. Pictured below is

Executive Director of NJAHS, Rosalyn Tonai.



Film Screening on April 30, 2017

Marlene Shigekawa speaks after film screening at Grace Presbyterian Church in Long Beach. Other panelists include Stephanie Reeves Gilman, Patti Tsubokawa Reeves and Amy Tsubokawa

Taking a Break

Monica Embry and James Nubile chat in

between shooting at the Aratani Theater.



Final Film Shooting at Aratani Theater in LA

                  PRODUCTION TEAM

Back row:  Sean Dolan, Videographer; Joe Fox, Director;

James Nubile, Director of Photograpy; Sam Katay, Theater Setting Director

Front Row:  Bekhah Richin; Production Assistant;

Marlene Shigekawa, Executive Producer; Linda Todd, Make-up.


Production at Poston

Diana McCabe, whose mother was incarcerated at Poston, wanders among historic structures as she contemplates her family history.

Diana Poston

Production at Poston

Here we see Joe Fox, Sean Dolan and Diana McCabe showing their happy faces at Poston while filming in March 2015.


Production in Los Angeles

Filmmaker, Joe Fox, and cinematographer, Sean Dolan, traveled to Los Angeles in August 2014  to film Alan Nishio, whose family was incarcerated at the Manzanar confinement site. We visited him at his mother’s home.

Alan and Mom


Kickstarter Campaign

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With generous contributions from all our supporters, we have surpassed our Kickstarter goal and earned $10,603.  Thank you to all those who made a donation either through our Kickstarter campaign or by sending in a check.  We are truly thrilled.  This means we are well on our way to completing our film.  Currently, the expected release date is June 2015.  Stay tuned.

Remembering Mom

We were able to capture the stories of Misako Shigekawa before she passed away on October 31, 2012.  I feel deep gratitude for being able to hear her words as she shared her feelings about her incarceration experience.  I also was able to see how truly courageous she and other mothers were.


Manzanar Pilgrimage – April 2014

It was breathtaking to experience Taiko drumming as part of the opening ceremonies at the Manzanar Pilgrimage. Our filmmakers, Joe Fox and James Nubile, and I drove from Los Angeles and were exposed to the cold, bitter winds and couldn’t imagine how those incarcerated here could endure the cold in this remote, desolate place.