Well… David Sanderson, of the Winnipeg Free Press, just wrote a feature on Sekine. This article might well be the kick in the pants I need to get back on this project.
It’s been on the back burner for a couple of years now, for two reasons. First, I’ve been working on other meaningful, and more financially self/family-sustaining things. Second, two of the main “characters” in the film I had envisioned, have refused to participate. Here’s the problem – I had pre-interviewed them both, and now I have all of their information in my head, and have had trouble seeing the story unfolding in any other way, than with them at the centre. One was privy to all of the politics, before, during and after, as the director of the Oo-za-we-kwun Training Centre. The second was one of the original manufacturing engineers from Japan. He had quite a lot of backstory on Sekine, pre-Manitoba, as well as knowing all of the ins and outs of the manufacturing process. My inability to re-envision the story without them has been the cause of my long hiatus from this film.
Having some time off this summer, I am revisiting the footage, in the attempt to get a new vision for this doc. I’ll keep you posted as to my progress.
If you’re interested, here’s the article from the Winnipeg Free Press.