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The Book of Distance

Written and directed by Randall Okita
2020 | Virtual Reality Experience

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionSundance Film Festival - New Frontier, Park City, Utah, USA (2020)

The Book of Distance at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival - New Frontier


Long Synopsis


About the user experience


Interview with Director Randall Okita


Interview with Producer David Oppenheim

Teaser

Meet the artist - Randall Okita

Team


Randall Okita
Director
Biography
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Randall Okita

Randall Okita is a Canadian artist and filmmaker whose work employs sculpture, technology, physically challenging performances or stunt work, and rich cinematography.  His work has been shown in both group and solo exhibition, awarded internationally, and screened at festivals around the world, including retrospective screenings of his short-film catalogue in San Francisco and Toronto.

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Okita lives and works in Toronto and Japan.

 


David Oppenheim
Producer
Biography
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David Oppenheim

David Oppenheim is a producer at the National Film Board of Canada’s Ontario Studio where his recent credits include  The Book of Distance (Sundance New Frontier), Draw Me Close (Tribeca Storyscapes, Venice Film Festival), the Webby award-winning Universe Within, the final chapter of NFB’s Highrise project, and the interactive documentary The Space We Hold which was awarded the Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Award, the Best Original Interactive Production at the Canadian Screen Awards, and the Columbia University Digital Dozen Storytelling Award.

David is currently producing a number of creative non-fiction film and interactive storytelling projects as well as leading the studio’s XR lab. He is a past resident at the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab.


Anita Lee
Executive Producer
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Anita Lee

Anita Lee is Executive Producer and Head of Studio in Toronto for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). She is a multi-award-winning producer and founder of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.  Lee is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  From 2005 to the present, Lee produced some of the most critically acclaimed works in recent NFB history, including Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, named Best Documentary Feature by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle, the Canadian Screen Awards, as well as Best Canadian Film by the Toronto Film Critics Association.  Recent projects include: Agence; Book of Distance; Draw Me Close (Tribeca, Venice 2017); and The Space We Hold (Peabody-Facebook Future of Media Award and CSA Best Original Interactive 2018).

Lee also established NFB’s Creative Non-Fiction Immersive Lab in Toronto which collaborated with the CFC and Ford Foundation on the Open Immersion VR residency Lab and the NFB/NT Creative Doc VR Lab with National Theatre (UK), in 2016.

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Credits

Written and directed by
Randall Okita

Produced by
David Oppenheim

Executive Producer
Anita Lee

Associate Producer
Kate Vollum

Project Managers
Oliva Amu
Jessica Parsons

Art Director
Sam Javanrouh

Lead Artist
Emma Burkeitt

Lead Programmer
Luke Ruminski

3D Artists
Jeremy Canton
Paul Constance

Concept Artist
Mohammed Karam

Programmers
Michael Sebele
Jord Farrell

Music & Sound Design
Menalon

Rigger
Twisted Mountain Animation

MoCap Technician
Aylwin Lo 

Featuring
Lloyd Okita

Story Consultants
David Bezmozgis
Kerri Sakamoto

UX Consultant
Stefan Grambart

 Animation Consultant
Aleks Berland 

Animators
Moysis Antoniou
Prashanth Bhogaraju
Kerie Green
Liam McLaughlin

Graphic Design
Geoff Watson

Production Coordinators
Jennifer Bertling
Andrew Martin-Smith
Frances Nyarko-Mensah

Manager, Studio Operations
Mark Wilson

Production Supervisor
Marcus Matyas

Technical Coordinator
Kevin Riley

Studio Administrator
Patricia Bourgeois
Stefanie Brantner
Leslie Anne Poyntz

Unit Production Manager, Japan Shoot
Jennifer Bertling

Interpreters
Tomomi Kataoka
Catherine Sachi Kikuchi

Archival Researcher
Pamela Grimaud

Publicist
Jennifer Mair

Marketing Managers
Gabrielle Harvey
Tammy Peddle
Laurianne Désormiers

Marketing Coordinators
Sophie Thouin
Stéphanie Quevillon

Legal Counsel
Peter Kallianiotis

Executive Director
Michelle van Beusekom

 

DEVELOPMENT PHASE

Project Manager, Development
Robert Sandberg

Art Lead, Development
Sam Javanrouh

3D Artists
Omran Faour
Jenny Bermas

Concept Artist, Development
Rupinder Bhogal

Graphic Artist, Development
Alexander Perkins

Storyboard Artist, Development
Pavel Loudine

Production Designer
Matthew Morgan

Lead Programmer, Development
Stephan Tanguay

Programmers, Development
Nicholas Fox Gieg
Matthew Fabb

Junior Programmers, Development
Marishka Kalathil Zachariah
Jord Farrell

Technical R&D
Jonathon Corbier
Tyler Sammy

Unity Developer, Development
Aylwin Lo

UX Consultant, Development
Pietro Gagliano

Demo Editor, Development
Mike Reisacher

Microsite Design, Development
Trevor Kerr

Production Coordinator, Development
Carly Kastner

Production Assistant, Development
Max Wolfond

Archival Footage Courtesy of
The Okita Family
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
National Archives Catalogue at College Park (USA)
Newspapers.com
Library and Archives Canada / C-057249
City of Vancouver Archives
Rare Books & Special Collections, University of British Columbia Library or University Archives

Additional Music
“Sendo Kawaiya”
Performed by Otomaru
Written by Kikutaro Takahashi, Yuji Koseki
Published by Zen-on Music Company Limited
Courtesy of Nippon Columbia Co., LTD./NIPPONOPHONE

“Take It Easy”
Composed & produced by Giorgio Di Campo,
Licensed from FreeSound Music

Special Thanks
Yonezo Okita
Yeiko Okita
Lloyd Okita
Yvonne Yates
Grace An
Eloi Champagne
Dane Clark
Michael Fukushima
Trevor Kerr
Kimberly Anne Laferrière
Joanne Lam
Lea Marin
Spencer Maybee
Kiara Mikita
Maral Mohammadian
Kerry Okita
Pat O’Toole
Pauline Rosenbaum
Tania Thompson
Mark Van de Ven



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