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, nephew of the late Alan Nishio.

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To date, $8,726 have been committed to this project, and we are so grateful for the individuals and sponsors who have contributed to Desolate Dreams! To help us reach the rest of our goal for pre-production and principal photography, we have partnered with our friends at Independent Arts and Media:

“Desolate Dreams” is fiscally sponsored by Independent Arts & Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to building community through media and the arts. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.