HERBEAT FILM - KICKSTARTER FUNDRAISER

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EXCITING NEWS!!
We are producing a documentary film showcasing some of the leading women in Taiko today, creating an intimate portrait of their daily lives as Taiko artists, sharing the untold stories of women in Taiko.

Help us launch a Kickstarter campaign to film in Japan this fall! We need to raise $50K in an all or nothing campaign that ends August 29th.

See a sneak peek of the film in progress

Meet the award winning filmmakers:
Dawn Mikkelson (director)
Keri Pickett (cinematographer)

HERBEAT: The film

HERbeat is a cinema verite style documentary exploring the lives of women who are forging their own paths in taiko, family, and life.

Envisioned as a character-driven documentary, we will explore the lives of these women, utilizing this singular event drawing them together to look at themes of culture and what it is to be a woman today, while acting as a “gateway” to the beautiful world of taiko drumming. Think Spellbound, (award-winning documentary about spelling bees) for taiko drumming.

HERbeat is directed by award-winning Dawn Mikkelson of Emergence Pictures.
For this project, Dawn will employ an all-female crew, with Keri Pickett as lead cinematographer.


COMING TO YOU ON LEAP DAY: SATURDAY FEBRUARY 29, 2020
HERBEAT: THE CONCERT

HERbeat: Women in Taiko All-Stars

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TaikoArts Midwest proposes a simple, ground-breaking idea: bring the best North American & Japanese female taiko artists together for a 2-week artist residency to collaborate and create a one-of-a-kind performance. Envisioned as a catalyst to fuel movement towards gender equity in taiko, this project celebrates and puts women centerstage in a collaborative one-of-a-kind performance at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts in St. Paul, MN.

Artist line up (in alphabetical order):
Kaoly Asano (JAPAN)
Heidi Chan (Tornoto, ON)
Yurika Chiba (San Jose, CA)
Chizuko Endo (Honolulu, HI)
Michelle Fujii (Portland, OR)
Naomi Guilbert (Winnipeg, MB)
Mayumi Hashimoto (JAPAN)
PJ Hirabayashi (San Jose, CA)
Eri Ishizuka (JAPAN/Los Angeles, CA)
Chieko Kojima (JAPAN)
ManMan (Los Angeles, CA)
Anna Sato (JAPAN)
Megan Chao Smith (Minneapolis, MN)
ten ten (Toronto, ON)
Tiffany Tamaribuchi (Sacamento, CA)
Diana Wu (San Diego, CA)
Mizue Yamada (JAPAN)

And of course,
Iris Shiraishi (St. Paul, MN)
Jennifer Weir (Minneapolis, MN)
and members of: Ensō Daiko and ensemble-MA