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‘Cat Heaven Island’ Depicts a Disappearing Feline Paradise

'Cat Heaven Island' Depicts a Disappearing Feline Paradise

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Cat Heaven Island

Tweetable Logline: On a far off, rural island in Japan, hundreds of cats roam a secluded fishing village – home of an aging, beautiful and fading culture.

Elevator Pitch: It’s a film about a secluded island in Japan made up of hundreds of cats and a few dozen old people. Cats roam the streets, half feral and half tame, and the people there feed them the fish they catch. It feels like a very old world culture, there are temples, shrines, old style fishing, and a deep sense of community and hospitality. They were hit pretty hard by the great earthquake/tsunami of japan everyone heard about in 2011. Now the island is less populated every year, and no one knows how long the island will be inhabited.

Production Team:
Director/Editor/Producer/DP: Landon Donoho
Co-DP/Co-Editor: Derek Scearce
Translator: Allan Macintyre
Photography: Christopher Wong

About the Film: Originally, I heard about the island in a blog that went semi-viral. I was curious, and found there was surprisingly little information about the island. So we went on a bare bones budget for two weeks. What we found was a beautiful island of warm, wonderful people in a old culture. Cats were everywhere, the ocean was beautiful, and the stories were amazing. We learned about their struggles, the changing of the island, the impact of the great tsunami. By the end, I felt close to the people (and some of the cats) and I was excited to share their story.

Current Status: Fundraising for post-production.

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