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The Short Film

Homesick Blues
Prelude to the forthcoming feature film, the Homesick Blues short stars Japanese pop singer Zoey as Hiroko, an 18-year-old Osaka girl hell-bent on becoming a blues singer. Homesick Blues won best film at the IFP/Chicago Flyover Zone Film Festival and was an official selection of the Chicago and Hawaii international film festivals.

Stunning Japanese pop singer Zoey makes her film debut in Homesick Blues as Hiroko, an 18-year-old Japanese girl hell-bent on becoming a blues singer.

We shot the Homesick Blues short last winter in Osaka with cinematographer/editor Stephen Combs and sound recordist Ben Steger, and an all-Osaka cast and crew courtesy of our friends at Osaka independent production company Studio Crank-In.

The story of Homesick Blues is rooted in music, and the soulful score is thanks to renowned blues guitarist Shun Kikuta, a solo recording artist as well as a member of Koko Taylor’s Blues Machine.

The Homesick Blues feature film follows Hiroko’s adventures in Chicago, where she winds up on the street, on the run from immigration agents and fighting for a place in the city’s blues scene as a fiery, sensuous new voice emerges from her cultural confusion. We’re still in the process of confirming the production partners and capital that will allow us to complete the feature-length Homesick Blues. If you’re interested in getting involved, please drop us a line.

Homesick Blues Credits     Press Kit (450k)