A dramatic short film that touches on the Japanese American incarceration and Black & Asian allyship.

Desolate Dreams is a dramatic short film set in 1942 downtown Los Angeles. It follows an African American journalist who advocates for justice alongside a Japanese American family forced into Heart Mountain prison camp after President FDR issued Executive Order 9066 following the events of Pearl Harbor. Inspired by true events. 

Starring Deon Tillman and Brent Yoshida.

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What is your contribution going towards?

We are thrilled to share that $8,726 has already been committed to "Desolate Dreams," and we are deeply grateful to the individuals and sponsors who have supported us so far! However, we still need your help to reach our goal for pre-production and principal photography.

To ensure the success of this project, we have partnered with Independent Arts and Media, a San-Francisco 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to building community through media and the arts. This means that "Desolate Dreams" is now fiscally sponsored by Independent Arts & Media, and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Your contribution will directly support the following essential aspects of our film:

  1. Pre-production: Funding for casting, locations, wardrobe, set design.
  2. Principal photography: Covering costs for the film crew, equipment rental, travel, craft services and on-site logistics.
By contributing to this project, you are supporting a film that aims to educate and inspire conversations about these significant historical events and the solidarity between diverse communities.

Thank you for being a part of this journey with us! Every dollar counts, and with your support, we can make Desolate Dreams a reality.