Good luck soup
free community screening
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Bright Family Screening Room, The Paramount Center
559 Washington Street, Boston MA
(T: Park Street, Downtown Crossing, or Boylston)
2016 | 70 mins | USA | Documentary
Directed by Matthew Hashiguchi
Followed by a Q&A with director Matthew Hashiguchi.
“I don't want to be Japanese!” filmmaker Matthew Hashiguchi recalls yelling at his father. Growing up Japanese-American in a predominantly white Irish-Catholic neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, Matthew wondered what made him different, why he stood out. Years later he set out to document his family's experiences of being Japanese in America before, during, and after World War II.
GOOD LUCK SOUP explores several generations assimilating into a new culture while preserving their own. Grandmother Eva takes the narrative reins. With great charm and openness, the family takes us on a warm, honest, and sometimes shocking journey of prejudice and triumph. Beginning with the family's arrival in the early 1900s, we encounter the infamous Japanese Internment Camps during the war, a post-war welcome extended by Cleveland, and the different views and challenges each succeeding generation faces. Good Luck Soup is eaten on New Year’s to bring hope and luck for the year. By partaking in this GOOD LUCK SOUP, we hope to continue to grow towards acceptance.
MATTHEW HASHIGUCHI is an award winning documentary filmmaker and Assistant Professor in Multimedia Film & Production at Georgia Southern University whose work focuses on the diverse cultural, social and ethnic stories of American society. His work as a multimedia journalist has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street, in addition to many others. In 2008, he returned to school and graduated from Emerson College with an MFA in Visual and Media Art and has since been working as an independent documentary filmmaker and educator.
His most recent project, “Good Luck Soup” is a transmedia documentary experience that includes a feature-length film, interactive documentary and virtual reality documentary. In 2016, the film was awarded a $25,000 post-production grant from the Center for Asian American Media Doc Fund and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The film had its world premiere at the 2016 Cleveland International Film Festival and continues to tour the festival circuit. The web-documentary, Good Luck Soup Interactive, has been presented and featured in film festivals and conferences throughout the world.
Also an experienced producer with a strong understanding of social media, outreach and distribution, Matthew has crowdsourced over $25,000 through Kickstarter for his own independent documentary projects.
Matthew is currently working on two short documentaries on the experience of Asian immigrants in the rural South.