Yuka Yoneda

Inhabitat Talks to Lisa Katayama About 'We Are All Radioactive': a Crowdfunded Video Series About Surfers Rebuilding Japan

by , 08/31/13

INHABITAT: What made you decide to start the We Are All Radioactive series?

Lisa: I grew up in Japan, and my family and friends still live there — so the earthquake was really shocking to me. My first instinct was to fly back and “help” somehow — then I realized that the best way I could contribute to post-earthquake Japan was to tell the human stories behind the disaster. A friend of me and Jason’s told us about Motoyoshi, so we went out there last June to meet everyone. We didn’t really have a story or agenda in mind, but we brought a camera and a voice recorder and started to shoot interviews as we got to know the residents.

INHABITAT: One of the aspects that makes We Are All Radioactive unique is the fact that the “crowd” (followers and funders) has the ability to influence the next video. Could you tell us a little more about that?

Lisa: One of the perks on our IndieGoGo campaign is “choose your own adventure” — for $500, you get to propose ideas to the directors about what direction a future episode should go in, or what questions you want answered through the film.

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