OPERATION BARN OWL
BY SATSUKI OKAWA

Ellen's best friend Jonah wants to create a unique and picturesque proposal to his girlfriend. Banding together with a group of friends, Ellen works diligently to ensure that the meticulously planned show of affection goes off without a hitch, but issues arise along the way. Ellen must overcome her feelings for Jonah and any past promises they made to each other for the proposal to go as planned.

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SATSUKI OKAWA
Director / Co-Writer

Born in Tokyo, Satsuki earned her BA from Nihon University College of Arts and went on to graduate with an MFA from Columbia University in New York. Upon her graduation from Columbia, she directed several short films including "Koyuki’s Wandering Football", which was commissioned for the Japanese Professional Football League as the J-league’s 20 year anniversary project. Last year’s Yubari favorite "Little Kyota Neon Hood" went on to gain acclaim on the international film festival circuit. The film not only won numerous awards domestically, but internationally.

KEN OCHIAI
Co-Writer

Ochiai made his first film at age 12 and left Tokyo after high school to pursue his dream of becoming a film director in the United States. After receiving a B.A. in production from the U.S.C. School of Cinematic Arts, he earned his M.F.A. from the American Film Institute Conservatory. To date, Ochiai has made more than 30 short films, commercials, and music videos, as well as three feature films. Of these, "Frog in the Well" won the Crystal Award at the Heartland Film Festival, and "Miyuki's Wind Bell" won the Sapporo Peace Award at the Sapporo Short Fest.

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