2012 Academy Award® Nominated Documentary (Short Subject)

SF Asian American Film Festival 2012

By Adam Cuttler

Lucy Walker is no stranger when it comes to directing quality introspective documentaries.  Now, having more than proved herself as a capable director with a filmography that boasts films such as Devil’s Playground, Blindsight, Waste Land, and Countdown to Zero she turns her attention to mastering the art of the short documentary.
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2012 Academy Awards®

Academy Award® Nominee for Documentary (Short Subject)

In the wake of the devastating tsunami in Japan, the people of the region hardest hit by the disaster draw a measure of hope from the annual cherry blossom season as they fight to rebuild their lives. This is the second Academy Award nomination for Lucy Walker.
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Sundance 2012 Shorts Awards Honor Pirates, Robots, and More

By Bridgette Bates at Sundance Film Festival

Tonight, Cherry Blossom picked up the Jury Prize in Short Film, Non-Fiction. A visual haiku and a story of survival, this short film documents the resurrection of life in Japan following tragedy.
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Sundance Film Festival: From 'Beasts' to 'Ice,' wonder wins out

By Kenneth Turan at Los Angeles Times

Lucy Walker's unforgettable "The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom," a look at the aftermath of the 2011 Japanese disaster that emphasizes the way "beauty and terror always exist in nature."
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"The Tsunami and The Cherry Blossom" Wins Sundance Jury Prize, Gets Oscar Nomination

By SourceECreative

Walker's film was financed and produced by Supply & Demand Integrated, produced by S&DI EP & Partner Kira Carstensen and executive produced by S&DI Partners Tim Case and Charles Salice. A documentary about the tragic aftermath of the tsunami disaster in Japan last March, it marks Walker's second Oscar nomination, as her film "Waste Land" was nominated last year for Best Documentary Feature.
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The Tsunami And The Cherry Blossom

By Rachel O’Meara at Cinema Without Borders

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom is a documentary filmed in Japan after the devastating tsunami of March 11th 2011. It shares the journey of survivors in the areas hardest hit, who find the courage to revive and rebuild right as the cherry blossom season comes to that area, a symbol of hope and new beginnings in Japanese culture.
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Sundance Diary: Powerful "Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom" Gets Oscar Nod

By Bruce Barcott at OnEarth

Director Lucy Walker, one of the most accomplished and prolific documentary filmmakers of the past decade (Devil’s Playground, Waste Land) took her camera to Japan just a couple of weeks after the tsunami. In The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, she lets survivors tell their stories -- of riding out the deadly water in cars and on hillsides, of watching lifelong friends swept away to their deaths.
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Industry names dazzle at Sundance


Supply & Demand Integrated's Lucy Walker's The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, which has also been nominated for an Academy Award), picked up the Jury Prize in Short Film, Non-Fiction, announced on Wednesday. Described as a 'visual haiku' and a story of survival, the film documents the resurrection of life in Japan following tragedy. It was both financed and produced by Supply & Demand Integrated.
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The 10 Shorts You Must See at Sundance This Year

By Kim Adelman at IndieWire

...this documentary by Oscar-nominee Lucy Walker is the heavyweight of this year’s short docs program. As the title implies, this film follows survivors of Japan's recent tsunami during cherry blossom season.
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Lucy Walker Films Tsunami Aftermath

By Sharon Waxman at TheWrap

More gripping is real-life footage of the tsunami in Japan earlier this year, in a film by Oscar-nominated documentarian Lucy Walker that was a last-minute addition to the festival. “The Tsunami And The Cherry Blossom' opens with a long clip of footage of the tsunami which is very simply jaw-dropping. Water sweeps houses and buildings along like toys, lifts up cars and swallows people. Walker, one of the more fearless video-journalists around, went straight to the heart of the disaster, a northern Japanese village, where people were still in a state of shock. They shared their traumas, what they learned, how it affected their view of the world.

“My first thought was, ‘Oh no, we can’t do it,’” she said at the Q&A afterward. “My second thought was, ‘It’s more important than ever.’”

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Lucy Walker premieres ‘visual haiku’ for Japan

By Adam Benzine at RealScreen

Filmmaker Lucy Walker told attendees at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Doc Conference how her plans to make “a visual haiku about cherry blossom” in Japan changed radically following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that tore through the country. The Oscar-nominated director, whose past films include Waste Land and Countdown to Zero, spoke yesterday following the world premiere of her 40-minute doc short The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, which looks at the experiences of survivors of the March 11 disaster and how the cherry blossom season has brought encouragement to the hardest hit areas.

Walker said she had originally planned to make a short doc about the flower, which blossoms quickly and lasts for only a short time. “I’ve always been obsessed with cherry blossom and have tried to photograph it,” she told TIFF delegates. “For me it has always been very beautiful, but it also talks to the ephemeral quality of life.” With the disaster striking Japan however, she was quickly forced to reconsider her film. “My first thought was, ‘Gosh, I can’t do this now.’ But then my second thought was that actually, now is a more important time than ever to show our solidarity with the Japanese people.”

The director and her team received backing for the film from Supply&Demand Integrated, with funding from the company’s Founder / Manging Director Tim Case and Executive Producer / Partner Kira Carstensen.
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