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Tokyo Story by Edward Levinson

A black and white pinhole digital short movie about Tokyo. An homage to Japanese film director Ozu Yasujiro and his original 1953 "Tokyo Story"

Director Photo - Edward Levinson

Edward Levinson

Edward Levinson is an American fine art and editorial photographer specializing in pinhole photography and living in Japan since 1979. He extended his visual quest into filmmaking (digital capture) in 2012. His short film Tokyo Story has received numerous Awards and Official Selections. Tokyo Story and various other shorts have also been shown in galleries, and at numerous events.

Edward’s award winning photo book Timescapes Japan (Nippon Camera-sha, 2006) is a pinhole photography classic. He is also an essayist and poet. His book Whisper of the Land (Fine Line Press, 2014) is a collection of essays based on his life in Japan and he has published two books of essays in Japanese with Iwanami Shoten. His photographs have been regularly exhibited in Japan, the U.S.A., and Europe (45 solo and 30 group shows as of March 2018) and are in various museum and private collections. He is a member of The Photographic Society of Japan and The Japan P.E.N. Club. He maintains a gallery of his work at his country home/studio in Kamogawa, Chiba Prefecture. Please visit: http://www.edophoto.com

Awards (as of March 2018):

*Tokyo Story received the following Awards and Selections:

-Honorable Mention for “Best Cinematography” from the Los Angeles Film Review Independent Film Awards 2015 and “Official Selection” for 2015. 

-“Official Selection” Award from “Open Door Short Film Showcase” 2015 in the category “Experimental” and also receives a “Golden Key Award”.
-“Award Of Recognition” from “Best Shorts Competition” 2015
- “Official Selection” and Screening at “Tokyo Lift-off Film Festival” 2016 

-“Official Selection” and Screening at “AVIFF Cannes Art Film Festival” 2018 

*Manhattan Mashup (Short film, 2016) received an “Award of Recognition” in the Experimental Category from “The IndieFEST Film Awards” 2017
*Timescapse Japan (book) PX3 2007, First Place Award for Category Book/other

My second short "city" film Manhattan Mashup" won an "Award of Merit" from the IndieFEST Film Awards

Director Statement

Tokyo Story was shot in bits and pieces over a year and a half. Shot directly in black and white, modern Tokyo takes on a look reminiscent of 50 years ago. Its a vision of the city from the point of view of someone who lives in the countryside but is enthralled with the all Tokyo offers.

I lived in Tokyo for eight years before making my move to the countryside on the Boso Peninsula. Yet, I have always remained enthralled by the dynamic image and culture of Tokyo and visit there often. I have done extensive shooting on a variety of still photo series about Tokyo since the 1990’s, and in creating this film I found myself visiting many of the same locations and enjoyed coming up an artistic interpretation that is new for me but which also builds on all I have done before.

  • Olympus Gallery Tokyo
    November 27, 2014
    Tokyo Premiere (1 week screening)
  • Olympus Gallery Osaka
    Osaka Japan
    December 5, 2014
    Osaka Premire (1 week screening)
    May 31, 2015
    (contest - No physical screening)
    Honorable Mention for “Best Cinematography” from the LOS ANGELES FILM REVIEW INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS 2015
  • Open Door Short Film Showcase 2015
    November 11, 2015
    Official Selection, Golden Key Award "Experimental"
  • Best Short Competition
    Online Competition
    Award of Recognition
  • Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection and Screening Uplink Theater
     April 11, 2016, Tokyo

    Black Bear Film Festival 2016,
    October 15, 2016 Salon Official Selection and Screening
    Milford, Pennsylvania, USA
    Olympus Gallery Tokyo, May 26-31, 2017 (one week)
    May 26-31, 2017 (one week)

Tokyo StoryRuntime:12 minutes 13 seconds Completion Date:November 25, 2014 Country of Origin:Japan

Country of Filming:Japan Shooting Format:35mm digital SLR Aspect Ratio:16:9 Film Color:Black & White First-time Filmmaker:No Student Project:No