Private Project

In the Fog/神隠し (Kamikakushi)

Vioulet falls through time and space as they struggle with the dark presence of Kei through song and dance in this exploration of duality.

  • Matthew Takata Shepherd
    Director
  • Naomi Takata Shepherd
    Director
    Views from the Bay, Halfway
  • Matthew Takata Shepherd
    Writer
  • Naomi Takata Shepherd
    Producer
  • Matthew Takata Shepherd
    Producer
  • Matthew Takata Shepherd
    Key Cast
    “Vioulet”
  • Erin Chastain
    Key Cast
    “Kei”
  • Janelle Ludowise
    Key Cast
    “Kei”
  • Jaime Lucero
    Cinematographer
  • Matthew Takata Shepherd
    Editor
  • Film Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    Queer, Psychedelic, Electronic, Pop, Japanese American, LGBTQ
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    800 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • OutfestLA
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    July 21, 2019
    West Coast Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Oregon Cinema Arts Film Festival
    Portland, OR
    United States
    August 10, 2019
    PNW Premiere
    Best Experimental Film Award
  • Denver Underground Film Festival
    Denver, CO
    United States
    March 23, 2019
    Video Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Dumbo Film Festival
    Brooklyn, NY
    United States
    Official Selection - February 2019
  • Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    Semi-finalist
  • Mindfield Film Festival - Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    Winner
  • Indie Short Fest
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    Finalist
Director Biography - Matthew Takata Shepherd, Naomi Takata Shepherd

Matthew is a queer half-Japanese artist born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently lives in Portland, OR. Matthew lives to make art and loves to work with all mediums but recently has been focused on making music and videos.

Naomi is a mixed Japanese American filmmaker who is passionate about creating work that focuses on intersectional and inclusive narratives. She is a Bay Area native and owns a small business named 6 Degrees of Hapa, writes, designs, and creates art, while substitute teaching as her day job.

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Director Statement

I have always been a DIY artist and love to be as involved as possible in all aspects of the creative process. I wrote the scripts, designed the sets, helped direct, performed in, and edited the two music videos I have made for my music and visual arts project/persona, Vioulet. For the videos, I worked closely with my sister, Naomi Takata Shepherd, who helped in all aspects of the music video process and directed both.

On the music side of things, I compose, record, and edit all of my own music. I work with layers of loops, synthesizer sounds, vocals, and beats to make psychedelic-experimental-pop tracks. Vioulet is an exploration of divinity, love, connection, fear, and humanity through a kaleidoscopic lens and is the celebration and exploration of being.