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AARDVARK - still #1


NY Premiere

Director: Kitao Sakurai

United States, 2010, 80 min

Shooting Format:HDV

Festival Year:2011

Category:Narrative Feature

WINNER: Best Original Score

Cast:Larry Lewis, Darren Branch, Jessica Cole

Crew:Producers: Andrew Barchilon - Screenwriters: Kitao Sakurai - Cinematographer: Aaron Kovalchik - Editor: Luke Lynch


AARDVARK is perhaps the first narrative film to star a man blind since birth. In a role inspired by his own life, Larry Lewis plays a solitary man recovering from alcoholism and working towards stability. When he joins a jiu-jitsu academy he finds a close friend in his young, hard-partying instructor, Darren. But, as disturbing aspects of Darren's life are revealed, Larry soon finds himself alone and faced with the consequences of a horrific act of violence.


About the director

Kitao Sakurai was born in Japan and moved to Cleveland, Ohio where he began his cinematic career as a childhood actor. He developed his love for performance into a notable career as a cinematographer and director. AARDVARK is Kitao Sakurai's first feature.



Director Kitao Sakurai will be available for Q&A after the screening.

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