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FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

THE BIRTH OF SAKé

TFF 2015 Directed by Erik Shirai
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE THE BIRTH OF SAKé [TFF 2015]
Erik Shirai’s atmospheric ode to the 2,000-year-old art of saké introduces audiences to the Tedorigawa brewery and the small brotherhood of highly dedicated and painstakingly trained artisans who bring the ancient spirit into existence year after year. Spending six months away from friends and family, the team of men live and work together under the tutelage of the Brewmaster, a respected leader who is also like a surrogate father or brother to them. Facing the evolving tastes of a new generation of saké drinkers, Tedorigawa remains steadfast in its commitment to creating the highest quality product.

Exquisitely shot over the period of a year, Shirai takes us on a rare tour of the Tedorigawa brewery to reveal a culture and tradition that finds a quiet and natural beauty in its delicate process.

—Liza Domnitz
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Erik Shirai’s atmospheric ode to the 2,000-year-old art of saké introduces audiences to the Tedorigawa brewery and the small brotherhood of highly dedicated and painstakingly trained artisans who bring the ancient spirit into existence year after year. Spending six months away from friends and family, the team of men live and work together under the tutelage of the Brewmaster, a respected leader who is also like a surrogate father or brother to them. Facing the evolving tastes of a new generation of saké drinkers, Tedorigawa remains steadfast in its commitment to creating the highest quality product.

Exquisitely shot over the period of a year, Shirai takes us on a rare tour of the Tedorigawa brewery to reveal a culture and tradition that finds a quiet and natural beauty in its delicate process.

—Liza Domnitz
Film Information
Year: 2015
Length: 94 minutes
Language: Japanese
Country: USA
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Director: Erik Shirai
Producer: Masako Tsumura
Editor: Takeshi Fukunaga, Frederick Shanahan
Cinematographer: Erik Shirai
Executive Producer: Mark Karpeles
Composer: Ken Kaizu
Sound Design/Mix: One Thousand Birds, Andrew Tracy, Calvin Pia, Laura Dopp
Cast: Yamamoto Toji, Yasuyuki Yoshida
Contacts

Print Source
Erik Shirai
Cebu Osani Creative
Brooklyn, 11218
Phone: 917 378 6744
erik@cebuosani.com

Sales Contact
Andrew Herwitz
Film Sales Company
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212 481 5020
graham.fine@filmsalescorp.com

Press Contact
Charlie Olsky
Cinetic Media
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 646 230 6722
charlie@cineticmedia.com

About the Director(s)
Erik Shirai worked on numerous documentaries and TV shows before launching the production company, Cebu Osani Creative, in 2008. The company’s focus is to combine fiction and non-fiction aesthetics to create compelling films. He is based in New York.

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