I’m glad I was to  donate to my friend/up & coming filmmaker Akiko Izumitani‘s new action/martial arts short film The Other Side, starring TV show HEROES actor James Kyson and co-produced by Jason Hampton (producer on my upcoming project THE CIRCLE) and Hunter Woo.
Akiko directing an action scene.

Producers Jason Hampton and Hunter Woo

Akiko is an accomplished feature documentary filmmaker with a few other narrative shorts under her belt. She is also on imdb’s list of Top Rising Asian-American Directors: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls056929608?ref_=bio_rls_2

With THE OTHER SIDE, Akiko is making her debut foray into the serious action/drama genre.

The film is shot. As of yesterday, her campaign have surpassed the $9999 needed to complete Post-Production, but are still accepting donations until the campaign ends today. So, check out their Kickstarter page and donate HERE!: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/26048159/the-other-side-a-short-film-by-akiko-izumitani


Here’s a little behind-the-scenes photo of actor James Kyson (from NBC’s HEREOS) on set for THE OTHER SIDE.


 The Other Side also features actor/stunt coordinator Alfred Hsing.

About Alfred Hsing (邢思杰) – He is an actor and martial artist who is the first American to win a gold medal at the World Wushu Championships. After that stunning achievement, Alfred moved to China to work for JET LI.

After completing two major Chinese blockbusters with JET LI (“The Sorcerer and the White Snakeand TSUI HARK’s “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate“), Alfred decided to continue his education in the performing arts. He was accepted into the Beijing Film Academy where he enrolled in and completed an advanced studies acting program.

Since Alfred’s move to China, he has worked as an actor, stuntman, action coordinator, and production associate. Some notable projects he has worked on include national commercials for Adidas, Feng Xiaogang’s “Back to 1942” with ADRIEN BRODY and TIM ROBBINS, and “My Lucky Star” starring ZHANG ZIYI and WANG LEEHOM.

Again, check out the campaign and DONATE!: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/26048159/the-other-side-a-short-film-by-akiko-izumitani/posts/806905

CONGRATULATIONS Akiko Izumitani and Jason Hampton!!!












  1. 1 Jason DeVaun
    May 3, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Great read T… it’s exciting to see Akiko being able to finish her vision, being able to watch from afar Akiko, Jason H and the rest of their cast and crew show their heart and soul along with their combined talents come to fruition.

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