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Public Television Documentary Introduces Japanese-Brazilian Artists to US Audiences

São Paulo Reception Celebrates Trailer Release

  São Paulo, November 17, 2012 – West Encounters East, a documentary exploring the themes of immigration, alienation and assimilation in the works of Japanese-Brazilian artists, will debut on public television in the US (PBS) on February 2013.

The film, produced by Executive Producer Stella Holmes and Producer Linda Corley features rare art footage and interviews with such celebrated artists as Tomie Ohtake, Takashi Fukushima, Guillermo Ueno and others.

“A few years ago, I met some artists whose works spoke to my heart,” Ms. Holmes says. “I learned that they were bicultural Brazilians – descendants of a large population of Japanese who resettled here during the last century. I embarked upon a personal journey of discovery, traveling to Brazil and also to Japan to learn more about the influence of Japan on contemporary Brazilian art. West Encounters East is the story of these encounters.”

The trailer for West Encounters East aired for the first time on October 26 at a reception held at Instituto Tomie Ohtake. The marketing campaign for the film includes exhibitions, lectures and events to generate interest in the forthcoming documentary and establish partnerships and alliances with Japanese-Brazilian organizations.

West Encounters East seeks to further the advancement of multiculturalism in art by identifying emerging and mid-career Asian-Latin American artists and promoting them in prestigious art fairs, museums and galleries around the world. West Encounters East also sponsors educational lectures by recognized experts that help to introduce these artists to Western audiences and place their works in a social, historic and cultural context. Among current projects are a documentary and a book, both entitled West Encounters East, about Japanese-Brazilian artists.

Stella Holmes is a successful entrepreneur, art historian, curator and ardent supporter of the arts in Miami. She is president of The Brickellian Art Consultancy, which offers expert assistance in international art purchasing and collection as well as arts marketing programs and events for cultural institution, foundations, nonprofits and corporate philanthropy projects.

Linda Corley has produced television programs for PBS, DirecTV and various cable networks such as The Travel Channel and Nuevo TV during her 20-year career. She is the recipient of many top broadcasting awards, including six EMMYs and three Telly awards.

Public Broadcasting System (PBS) is a nonprofit corporation comprised of US public television stations whose mission is to create content that educates, informs and inspires. PBS reaches nearly 123 million people through television and more than 21 million people online each month.