by Matt Paley
Ruchiki is the story of Rachel Moeltz, a fifteen year old girl living in Pickering, Ontario, whose profound sense of displacement–in her body, with her parents, in her school, and her country–finds expression in an obsession with a beautiful Japanese pop-star, Ayumi Takanawa.
Ruchiki is, secondarily, the story of nineteen year old Ayumi Takanawa, plucked from obscurity at a young age by GoJam record executive Mushiro Hiboshi, who has been sexually exploiting his pop starlet even as he guides her career to fame and fortune.
It is also the story of Barney and Maxine, Rachel’s quietly desperate parents; of Banner Tutilo, star of the sadistic reality show EAT IT!; of Clark and Mickey, who want only to grow up and join Banner’s gang; of Pickering and Tokyo, of fantasy, reality, naiveté, wisdom, high school, youtube, and of a girl’s insistence on following her dreams, even at the cost of her innocence.
It is, finally, a short narrative film, written by Peter Warren, directed by Matt Paley, produced by Fletcher Deitch, Liz Phelps and Jake Teresi, with cinematography by Brian Barth and Jeff Kulig, and art direction by Sasha Winters. It is the first true Company film; a collaboration that involves all eight of us in many different roles. Filming begins in February and ends in June, and we will document every step of the process here.
See the official website, ruchiki.com!
Contribute to our fundraising campaign at Ruchiki’s kickstarter!
Ruchiki has been made possible by the generous contributions of the following individuals:
Laura Goldman and Scott Haas
Gail Davis and Stuart Manitsky
Charles and Nancy Barry
Neva and Yossi Chait
Mitchell and Arlene Frumpkin
Arnold and Seena Davis
Barbara Goldman and Neil Primack
Alfred and Elaine Frumpkin
Arthur and Cynthia Fertman
Wendy and Stuart Schwam
Joel Becker and Rusty Wiggs
Robert Paley and Marianne Steiner
May 05, 2010 | Categories: Matt, news, Ruchiki, writing | Tags: Ayumi Takanawa, Banner Tutilo, Brian, Filmmaking, Jake, Jeff Julig, Liz Phelps, M. Fletcher Deitch, Matt, Peter, Rachel Moeltz, Ruchiki, Sasha Winters, short film |