Tetsuki Ijichi (in red jacket above), born in Kyoto, Japan, is a filmmaker, producer, writer and film distributor. He moved to Philadelphia five years ago having migrated from New Mexico and California. Through his new venture Rain Trail Pictures and the film distribution company, Tidepoint Pictures, Tetsuki has deep experience in distributing Asian films in North America as well as American independent films in the Asian market.
After moving to Philly, Tetsuki decided to make his own movies. Working with a local writer, he developed a script based on one of his stories and drawing on the long tradition of Asian ghost stories. The script turned into a short film entitled LAUNDROMAT ON THE CORNER, a boy-meets-girl story with an eerie twist.
Tetsuki has loved watching horror, thriller and dark fantasy TV shows since he was a teenager in Kyoto. He then became a movie fan and he saw over 300 films every year during his college days in Tokyo. The German film NOSFERATU and the Cuban/Russian film I AM A CUBA influenced his taste in movies.
However, LAUNDROMAT ON THE CORNER is a completely Philly-based film project. Tetsuki said, “I was happy to work with a wonderful local crew and cast during filming in locations such as Kensington and South Philly. Now I am in the process of working with an editor, a colorist and a music composer, all in Philadelphia.”
Although Tetsuki currently has other horror projects set in Philly, he is looking forward to finishing LAUNDROMAT ON THE CORNER and preparing the film for a major festival screening — such as Cannes — next year.
Tetsuki asks fans of Philadelphia-based movie projects to help him complete his film via https://www.gofundme.com/f/final-chapter-of-my-short-movie
You can learn more about Tetsuki and connect with him at his company’s site: www.raintrail.com.