$15 (*Film Block)
Room 203 Films
On August 6th, 1945, among the tens of thousands that lost their lives in the bombing of Hiroshima were 12 American POWs. Shigeaki Mori witnessed the blast and survived, but was forever changed. Paper Lanterns tells the story of Shigeaki Mori and his lifelong calling to tell the story of not only the many Japanese victims of the bomb, but of Normand Brissette, Ralph Neal and the ten other US airmen caught in the hell on earth of that day. The film takes from Lowell, Massachusetts to Harrodsburg, Kentucky to Hiroshima, Japan. It will show how the war impacted families in both countries, and how one man can rise above the hatred of war and heal the wounds of those terrible days. The music in the film features Silk Road Ensemble shakuhachi player, Kojiro Umezaki, and Japanese pop singer, Mai Fujisawa, (vocals on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and daughter of the famous Japanese composer, Joe Hisaishi), and ws recorded in the historic EastWest Studios by a Hollywood orchestra.
Barry Frechette – Director
Barry Frechette is an ad guy by trade. He’s spent almost 25 years in the production community of Boston and is currently the Director of Creative Services at Connelly Partners. Most of his days are spent helping others create TV ads and other content. But when the story of the Mr. Mori and the 12 American POWs in Hiroshima came his way, he was driven to tell it. This is Barry’s first film. A 1992 graduate of Stonehill College, Barry resides in Billerica, Massachusettes, along with his two children, Lily, and Jennifer, as well as Sam the dog.