Safe and Seen on 82nd

A short exploring music and movement as we follow the emotional journey of a pedestrian, a
person of Asian descent, unseen by the world around them.

A cinematic short set to Michelle Fujii and Walter Clarke's original taiko drum tracks illustrating the struggle of our
Asian character to be seen. The struggle is both literal and metaphorical. Literal in that
pedestrian safety in Portland’s Jade District, a four-lane busy thoroughfare in Portland, Oregon’s
city center where multiple injuries and deaths have occurred due to years of neglect and
infrastructural racism. Metaphorical as our main character’s transformation depicts the struggle
of Black, Indigenous People of Color to be seen. The many forms of racism present in our
society presents an unsafe environment in the United States. Our character’s frustration and
anger reaches a fever pitch internally to manifest an emotional turning point and determination
to remain unseen no longer resulting in joyful release and internal peace.

  • Dawn Jones Redstone
  • Annie Tonsiengsom
  • Kiyo
    Key Cast
  • Dustin Tolman
    Director of Photography
  • James Jones
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Music, dance, narrative
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 5, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director - Dawn Jones Redstone, Annie Tonsiengsom