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Saturday, May 07, 2005

The Big Musical Dream

Hi Alex,

I'd like you to research the following bands:

Flaming Lips
The Cure
God Speed you Black Emporor!
Radio Head

I am keen to use some of their music in the film. Find out if they do this kind of thing...if they've ever done it for free. Based on your research, tell me how we can approach them. What is it about what we're doing that might get them excited to collaborate with us.

Do you know any kick ass Japanese groups?

This is an ongoing project. But the sooner we approach these guys, the better.

Good luck!




Hey Adriano,

Yes, I would like to meet up. I'm shooting until the 17th, so it will have to be after that.

In the meantime, could you do some research on distribution? I'm particularily interested in creative means of distribution that don't compromise the film experience. And, of course, I'm interested in how to best protect ourselves and our investors when considering distribution options.




Dear Leon,

I'd like you to research a grant called the "Japan US Friendship
Commission Grant." You can find information about it on I
know that Tokyo Cowboys is qualified for this grant, but there is a bit
of red tape we have to cut through. I'd like you to help us do that.

Our financial status is a bit shakey when it comes to applying for
government grants. We have private investors in the film that will
receive a percentage of any profit we make. I want to make sure that a
financial situation such as this one is legal. I know you can get this
information by email for free from the JUSFC if you are polite and

Are there other barriers that we should be aware of? Why are those that
win the JUSFC grant successful? Can we model their actions in some way?
Maybe you could interview some of these people via email.

After researching, I'd like you to put together a plan of action to win
this grant. The deadline for the grant is 1 August 2005.

Please let me know if you are interested in this. If not, tell me the
specific kinds of things you're interested in that might lead to




Hey Sen,

I'm wondering about your online design experience. Do you have time to stroll through the website? Let me know what you like...don't like.

I'm going for a Grass Roots, hand made feel. But, I don't want it to be too "folksy." I want it to be smart-assed, cyber-punk and edgy too. And Tokyo seems to be missing from the feel. Or, maybe that's just me. Since Tokyo is multi-color neon, I'm thinking of color coding the site. Cheesy?

About to go down the rabbit hole. We start shooting on Monday...