KCET | ARTBOUND | Season 10, Episode 1

From the iconic typeface of “The Godfather” book cover to Herman Miller’s Noguchi table, the influence of Japanese American artists and designers in postwar American art and design is unparalleled. While this second generation of Japanese American artists have been celebrated in various publications and exhibitions with their iconic work, less-discussed is how the World War II incarceration — a period of intense discrimination and hardship — has also had a powerful effect on the lives of artists such as Ruth Asawa, George Nakashima, Isamu Noguchi, S. Neil Fujita and Gyo Obata.


Our Man in Tokyo (The Ballad of Shin Miyata) is a short documentary about the struggles and obsessions of Shin Miyata, a Tokyo-based music promoter and record label owner who specializes in the incredibly difficult task of distributing Chicano music from East Los Angeles throughout Japan. Find out more HERE


The Crumbles is an indie rock slice-of-life tragicomedy about Darla and Elisa, two young women struggling to catapult their talented but directionless garage band to stardom.

"...elegant and affectionate..."
Los Angeles Times

"Akira Boch's first feature has the breezy appeal of an early sound comedy, the inconsequential story providing an opportunity for lively, affectionate characterization."
Chicago Reader

“...the first-time feature filmmaker has a real feel for the drifting, up-for-anything quality of Cali 20-somethings...”
San Francisco Bay Guardian

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— Thich Nhat Hanh


Akira Boch has an MFA in Directing from UCLA Film School, and has made a gang load of shorts, documentaries, and music videos. His award-winning feature film, THE CRUMBLES, went on a nationwide tour of theaters, festivals and universities. He is currently developing a few top secret projects out of his garage in Eagle Rock, California.



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