Tommy Kono Story: "Arnold Knows Me"
This half-hour film, by Ryan Yamamoto will tell the inspirational story of the most decorated American in the history of weightlifting. Tommy Kono, a Sacramento native, won two Olympic gold medals, an Olympic silver medal, and six World Championship titles between 1952 and 1960.
Kono passed away in April in Honolulu, Hawaii at the age of 85. This documentary will celebrate the life and legacy of a champion athlete.
Along with an amazing winning streak in weighlifting, Kono also won several body building competitions. He won Mr. Universe three times and Iron Man Mr. World titles— garnering the attention of fellow athletes like Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Kono was able to accomplish this despite a childhood where he suffered from asthma and incarceration in the Tule Lake Japanese American interment camp.
Independent documentary filmmaker Ryan Yamamoto has spent the past three years gathering interviews with Kono, his colleagues, and fellow Olympians.
We raised funds to help pay for archival film and pictures, and production costs. We are now raising additional funds to pay for promotion and distribution efforts so as many people can see the film as possible.
Your support is greatly appreciated. More information, including a film trailer can be found at: www.TommyKonoStory.com
Check out our Facebook page for more updates.
KVIE broadcasted the documentary on "Viewfinder" on August 3rd with encore showings on August 5th and August 7th.
A special premiere of the documentary was held on Tuesday, July 26th at KVIE PBS Television. To RSVP:
This film has truly been a labor of love. And, we hope to share this love with our community to remind everyone what a difference Kono made for so many different communities--the Japanese-American community, the world of weighlifting and body building, and the Olympic community.
Be sure to save the date: Tuesday, July 26th.
And RSVP now for the special premiere of "Arnold Knows Me: The Tommy Kono Story."
We're excited to share the special screening date in Sacramento at KVIE-PBS.
** Tuesday, July 26th
**Doors open at 6pm
**Showing begins at 6:30pm
The screening will be free.
More details and an Eventbrite invitation will follow.
The film will also be shown on KVIE's Viewfinder on Wednesday, August 3rd at 7pm.
A big thank you to KVIE, the presenting station, and to our partner, Center for Sacramento History. Thanks also to AAJA Sacramento and to everyone who donated. You helped make this possible. We are truly grateful for this opportunity to share Tommy Kono's story.
As of June 8, 2016, we are still accepting donations. That's because we got word this week that we did *not* receive the grant funding we were hoping for. So please, if you know of someone who would like to help support this project, in any capacity, we'd be extremely grateful for the help. We are deeply appreciative of all the help we've received so far...
Thank you. We are very grateful for your support.
Ryan and I want to THANK YOU for helping make our project possible. We appreciate your support in helping us meet our $5000 fundraising goal by today, June 1st. We are moving into the final phase of editing. "Arnold Knows Me: Tommy Kono Story" will be ready to air on KVIE in late July/early August. For more details, check out our Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/TommyKonoStory ---- or www.TommyKonoStory.com
Wow... both Suzanne and I are humbled by everyone's generosity. The funds will help us pay for some of current licensing for archives-- as well possibly help us purchase some additional footage.