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A heartfelt, family-friendly, PG-13 movie about animals, humans, love, loyalty, and the magic of coming home

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

When I was in 7th grade, I suddenly came down with violent dizziness and nausea, motion sickness-like symptoms. It went on 24/7 for a few months, and doctors couldn’t diagnose what it was. I missed so many days at school and I was failing it. I felt so hopeless and didn’t want to go on anymore. That was when I met the movie STAR WARS. 

The magical experience of this movie infused me with hope and joy that I’d never felt before. It gave me the strength to keep on fighting the illness and instilled in me an ambition to be a film director. I became a filmmaker because I wanted to uplift people’s spirits through cinema as Star Wars did for me.

It’s my belief that people will come away from When I Was A Human: The Movie feeling good. Please join us to make our fundraiser a success and help us create a movie that touches people’s heart. Thank you for your time.

When I Was A Human: The Movie

 BASED ON THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SHORT FILM

Indy is a pup at the shelter nobody wants. When a beautiful young girl named Kimmy rescues him, Indy thinks he has found his forever home. 

When Kimmy begins dating Jared, who secretly hates dogs, Indy panics that he might lose Kimmy and be sent back to the shelter. A mysterious Blue Dog Fairy appears one night and gives Indy a miracle dog biscuit that turns him into a human. Now, all Indy has to do is to find a way to show Kimmy Jared is not the man he pretends to be. 

Through Indy’s hilarious experiences as a human, he comes to realize he doesn’t have to become someone else in order to be loved and that the best way to help Kimmy is to be the loyal friend and companion she misses so much.

OUR TEAM

Akemi Kozu Tosto
Executive Producer/Writer/Director

Akemi is a director/producer, born and raised in Tokyo and built her filmmaking career in Los Angeles. She learned the film industry’s ins and outs by working on over a hundred film/video projects over 20 years, including some high-profile productions directed by Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino.

Akemi is a founder of AKT Pictures LLC and currently executive-producing a feature film WHEN I WAS A HUMAN: THE MOVIE based on a successful short film with the same title.

John Hermann
Producer (U.S.)

John is a member of DGA and a film producer. He most recently produced HBO’s acclaimed new documentary series “McMillions” as well as “Standing Up, Falling Down,” starring Billy Crystal that premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

Jorge Agraz
Associate Producer

Jorge grew up in the United States and Europe, holds degrees in Film Studies and History from Yale University. He has worked in production on commercials, feature films, and well-versed in computer science and technology.

Maho Morita
Producer (Japan)

Growing up as a niece of world-renowned film director, Nagisa Oshima, Maho worked on film sets but later became a film journalist. In recent years, she is a film critic of TV network shows and the programming director at the local movie theater.

WHY SUPPORT OUR PROJECT?

We’ve Got a Successful Proof of Concept

The film is based on a critically acclaimed short film of the same title. The short film is distributed worldwide by Shorts International, the official short film distributor of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences. 

The short film was an official selection for a Bow Wow Film Festival 2019 Tour, screened in more than thirty cities across the United States, helped to raise funds for local animal rescues throughout the U.S.

The short film was an official selection for a Bow Wow Film Festival 2019 Tour, screened in more than thirty cities across the United States, helped to raise funds for local animal rescues throughout the U.S.

PRODUCTION TIMELINE

PRODUCTION BUDGET

We’re Raising $850,000 to make a full feature film with known actors. Why known actors?

BECAUSE:

  • Known actors will make the film more marketable
  • Known actors will help the movie to secure better distributions
  • The success of this film will make you an esteemed art patron

Your Donation Makes the Movie!
As our thanks:

Pledgers will receive up to a $300 above-the-line tax deduction for the Y2021 tax return via IRS.
This is like an instant money-back guarantee! (Keep your pledge record for filing.)

Pledgers will also receive regular updates of the production

You’ll be a patron of the art: Imagine the excitement when you see the film that you helped to make up on a marquee, on the silver screen at the movie theater, and at home on your big TV screen! 

Thank you for donating to When I Was a Human: The Movie!