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Masaru

A Major League Baseball player discovers his passion for Japanese traditional dance and is confronted with the choice of embracing his true identity or continuing masking behind the pressures of family, loyalty and honor.

Crew

Director: Rubén Navarro
Production Company: Hidden Pool Productions
Producers: Todd Reynolds, Michael Sasaki, Camila Villanueva & Rubén Navarro
Screenplay: Michael Sasaki & Rubén Navarro
Cinematography: Maxim Varen
Editing: Autumn Dae
Music: Jaimie Ann Pangan
Distribution: Distribution with Glasses

Cast

Michael Sasaki - Danny
Toshi Toda - Kazu
Alexander Lee - Young Danny
Tatsu Sugihira - oung Kazu
Linda Harada -  Iwamoto Sensei

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masaru still ruben navarro short film
masaru still ruben navarro short film
masaru still ruben navarro short film
masaru still ruben navarro short film
masaru still ruben navarro short film

Awards

  • Best Short Film Málaga Official Section: Festival de Málaga. Cine en Español (Spain) [2022]

  • Best LGBTI Short Film: El Rodeo Film Fest (Spain) [2022]

Selections

  • Edmonton International Film Festival (Canada) [2022]

  • Out On Film – Atlanta’s LGBTQ Film Festival (United States) [2022]

  • Semana de Cine de Medina del Campo (Spain) [2022]

  • Piélagos en Corto – Festival Internacional de Cine (Spain) [2022]

  • Sarasota Film Festival (United States) [2022]

  • FESTIFIL – Festival La Fila de Cortometrajes (Spain) [2022]

  • Festival de Cine de Alicante (Spain) [2022]

  • Rio LGBTQIA+ – Festival de cinema (Brazil) [2022]

  • Galapán Film Festival (Spain) [2022]

  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Vilafamés (Spain) [2022]

  • Festival Internacional de Cine Bajo la Luz de la Luna de Islantilla – Islantilla Cinefórum (Spain) [2022]

  • San Francisco Frozen Film Festival (SFFFF) (United States) [2022]

  • ​​Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Elche (Spain) [2022]

  • RiuRau Film Festival (Spain) [2022]

  • Festival Internacional de Cine LesBiGayTrans (Paraguay) [2022]

  • Vues d’en face – Festival International du Film LGBT+ de Grenoble (France) [2022]

  • Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival (United States) [2022]

  • Ahora es Corto (Spain) [2022]

  • FICVI – Festival Internacional de Curtmetratges de Vila-seca (Spain) [2022]

  • Festival de cortos El Palo (Spain) [2022]