Film phase: Production
Ittetsu Nemoto is not your typical Buddhist priest. A former punk rocker who used to work at a Tokyo McDonald’s, he loves Prince, his motorcycle, and dancing all night at clubs. He also has become famous in Japan for his extraordinary success in inspiring suicidal men and women to keep on living. But when a health crisis puts Nemoto at serious risk, can he live by the same advice he gives out? The Departure is a lyrical, complex, and moving portrait of one imperfect individual, dealing with a profound contemporary issue that ultimately affects us all.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Lana Wilson is an Emmy-winning filmmaker based in New York. Her first film, After Tiller, premiered at Sundance in 2013, and went on to win an Emmy Award for Best Documentary. Oscilloscope Laboratories gave the film a 50-city theatrical release, and it was nationally broadcast on PBS’s POV. The film was named one of the five best documentaries of the year by the National Board of Review, and featured in “Best of 2013” lists in the Los Angeles Times, Village Voice, Indiewire, ARTFORUM, and more. Wilson was previously the Film and Dance Curator for Performa, the New York biennial of new visual art performance, and holds a B.A. in Film Studies and Dance from Wesleyan University, where she graduated with honors.