Director Biography – Marika Tamura (FINAL DEATHTINATION)

Marika Tamura was born in Yokohama City, Japan in 1998. She received a BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design with a major in Computer Animation in 2021.

Starting from doodles and origami with her mother in her childhood, arts and crafts have always been her hobby. As Marika wanted to work in a team, she was attracted by the creative and collaborative environment of the animation industry when she watched a documentary about animation production in 2013. Marika’s childhood memories always inspire her art. Her family and friends’ personality and a lot of small precious moments she shared with them are often reflected in her art. She also has traveled to many countries with her family; the beautiful cultures and landscapes around the world stirred her imagination and eventually led her to pursue visual development as an artist who is responsible for worldbuilding.

Marika starts her first job in animation as a visual development intern at LAIKA, LLC in June, 2021 and currently lives in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Director Statement

While the film is a dark-comedy and explores the serious topic of suicide, I created this film to share the message that “as long as you are alive, you can find a new joy and purpose to live”.

Traveling is not possible for everyone. My intention is not to say that everyone should go outside and see the world to overcome your depression. For Norman (the main character), his new joy was traveling. However, it can be any small things in daily life that give you a little joy and hope. The same can be said for Death in the film; we don’t have someone like him who could come to save us. However, we all can be someone’s support who will help them have that little positivity in their life.

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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