Before it's too late

There is a place in Japan where more people live to 100 than anywhere else in the world. Okinawa. What’s the secret? How do we harness this for ourselves?

Well, bad news friends; whatever it is, is fading into history as the older generation dies and the younger generation changes with modernization.

Soon, these secrets will be lost.

We are a group of global filmmakers, working with the 5 time Emmy Award-winning team from Muse Storytelling –donating our own time, energy, and resources to tell the story of a remarkable Okinawan woman named Tomi-San for the original web series The Remarkable Ones. 

We have to tell her story before it is too late.

Forget the traditional diet of sweet potatoes and seaweed—instant ramen and energy drinks are the order of the day for 94-year-old Tomi. At barely 4 feet tall, with a huge toothless grin, it would be easy to underestimate this woman...but this tiny powerhouse leads a well known Japanese pop band, with an average age of 84.

But this awe inspiring longevity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Tomi has outlived most of her friends, and even her husband and son. Imagine being in your 90’s but feeling utterly alone.

How does one continue living when faced with both loneliness and loss of purpose?

Without translators, we cannot unlock understanding into Tomi’s world and way of life to answer this question.

We’ve found the right individuals to help us—they have heard Tomi’s story and are as inspired as we are, but the cost to cover their travel and accommodations on the Island is not in our budget.

$10,000 is a daunting amount (see the breakdown below), but that’s why we are banding together to make this a reality. We believe this story needs to be told, and EVERY gift, whether large or small, brings us one step closer.

Donate today, and help us tell this story before it has been forgotten.

Arigato, from Team Okinawa!



Give $10 - Join us after the shoot for a behind the scenes webinar with Muse and the Okinawa team 

Give $30 - Ticket to the premiere of Tomi's story in Portland, Oregon

Give $100 - A signed copy of The Muse Storytelling Process book with a special note of thanks from the team

Give $750 - EP credit on the film

Give $1,000 - One-on-one mentor session with Muse Storytelling (great for companies buildig a story brand!)



Dates: Dec. 5-13, 2017

Mamiko is our Okinawan language and cultural guide, has experience working with Okinawan seniors, and has opened the door to Kohama for our team. 
• Airfare $2,000
• Hotels, food, ground transportation, ferry $1,000
Total: $3,000

Saori is a Japanese shoot fixer/translator who has experience working on Kohama Island, and has worked with KBG84 in the past.
• Airfare $250
• Hotels, food, ground transportation, ferry $750
• Rate for shoot $1,500
Total: $2,500

Alex, is a founding member of Team Okinawa. The higher than expected cost of getting to Kohama means we need to bridge the financial gap for Alex to be able to come. He was there for our first phone conversations with Tomi, and is a big reason that we are telling her story.
• Airfare $2,000
• Lodging, food, ground transportation, ferry $1,000
Total: $3,000

FINANCIAL GOAL 4: Hire local assistant
Hire local translator to assist with production logistics outside of interviews.
• Rate for shoot: $1,200
• Food, ground transportation, ferry $300
Total: $1,500
GRAND TOTAL: $10,000


We will do a Muse Instagram takeover the week of our travels to keep everyone involved in the production process! Follow

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Organizer and beneficiary

Varina Hart Shaughnessy 
Chattanooga Valley, GA
Joshua Whiteman 
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