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UH West O‘ahu welcomes Distinguished Visiting Scholar Tadashi Nakamura

Director of award-winning documentary to host screening and discussion on March 19

University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu
Contact:
Julie Funasaki Yuen, (808) 689-2604
Communications Department
Posted: Mar 12, 2014

Director of "Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings" Tadashi Nakamura
Director of "Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings" Tadashi Nakamura

The University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu welcomes Distinguished Visiting Scholar Tadashi Nakamura, director of the award-winning documentary Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings. He will host a screening of the film and a discussion about filmmaking, art and activism at the UH West O‘ahu campus on March 19.

Nakamura, a Los Angeles-based filmmaker, was named one of CNN’s “Young People Who Rock” for being the youngest filmmaker at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival as well as one of the “30 Most Influential Asian Americans Under 30” by the popular website Angry Asian Man. Nakamura’s trilogy of documentary films on the Japanese American experience, Yellow Brotherhood (2003), Pilgrimage (2007), and A Song for Ourselves (2009) have garnered over 20 awards at film festivals around the world with Pilgrimage being one of 83 short films out of 7,500 submissions selected for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.  

Nakamura’s Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings paints a compelling portrait of an inspiring and inventive musician whose virtuoso skills on the ukulele have transformed all previous notions of the instrument's potential. The film won the 2013 Hawai‘i International Film Festival Audience Award and Gotham Film Audience Award, and recently aired on PBS.

The Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings film screening and discussion with Director Tadashi Nakamura happens Wednesday, March 19 from 12:30-2 p.m. at the UH West O‘ahu Campus Classroom Building D237. The event is free and open to the public and made possible by the UH West O‘ahu Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program.

About UH West O‘ahu

UH West O‘ahu became a four-year, regional comprehensive university when it served its first class of freshmen in fall 2007. The University offers quality education, small classes and personalized attention at convenient locations. UH West O‘ahu serves approximately 2,400 students at its brand new, state-of-the-art campus that opened in the City of Kapolei in 2012. For more information, visit uhwo.hawaii.edu, twitter.com/uhwestoahu, facebook.com/uhwestoahu or call (808) 689-2800 or toll-free (866) 299-8656.