Director's statement

I am both grateful and humbled by the experience of making my first feature.

The story at the heart of this film was Japanese. The characters sprung

from a landscape — an industrial, isolated urban region — that is my home.



I felt the story was universal as it dealt with family bonds and life choices

that viewers from any part of the world can easily connect and relate to; one that

transcends barriers of culture, language and class.

I always wanted to make films in a family-like atmosphere enjoyed by those

before me who inspired me to become a filmmaker in the first place. Filmmakers

with old-fashioned, hard-working values like Akira Kurosawa and Elia Kazan, who

worked with fledgling unknowns that they saw something special and intriguing

in (such as Toshiro Mifune and Marlon Brando), that resulted in great cinema.

They carved the best years of their careers working with the same ensemble

of collaborators that they essentially discovered.

An Ornament of Faith marks the culmination of my life’s work to this point.

I was fortunate to have assembled a team of rising stars (and a few veteran

supporting actors): a virtuoso Latino and American cast; a Japanese

composer with the faculties to score a Latino story for all cultures;

an Asian-American DP, with a fluency in both cultures; and a crew from

all parts of the world.

Together, by making the most of a challenging story that had begun in Japan,

we are fulfilling what we set out to accomplish, by sharing it with audiences around the world.

Yuichi Hibi

I am both grateful and humbled by the experience of making my first feature.

The story at the heart of this film was Japanese. The characters sprung from a landscape — an industrial, isolated urban region — that is my home.
I always felt the story was universal as it dealt with family bonds and life choices that viewers from any part of the world can easily connect and relate to; one that transcends barriers of culture, language, and class.

I always wanted to make films in a family-like atmosphere enjoyed by those before me who inspired me to become a filmmaker in the first place. Filmmakers with old-fashioned, hard-working values like Akira Kurosawa and Elia Kazan, who worked with fledgling unknowns that they saw something special and intriguing in (such as Toshiro Mifune and Marlon Brando), that resulted in great cinema. They carved the best years of their careers working with the same ensemble of collaborators that they essentially discovered.

An Ornament of Faith marks the culmination of my life’s work to this point.

I was fortunate to have assembled a team of rising stars (and a few veteran supporting actors): a virtuoso Latino and American cast; a Japanese composer with the faculties to score a Latino story for all cultures; an Asian-American DP, with a fluency in both cultures; and a crew from all parts of the world.

Together, by making the most of a challenging story that had begun in Japan, we are fulfilling what we set out to accomplish, by sharing it with audiences around the world.

Yuichi Hibi

cast

TRACY PEREZ
as YAZ /
IVAN CAMILO
as MANNY /
JOHN JUBACK
as BRENNER
TRACY PEREZ
New York-born actress Perez is a major talent on the rise, and has been featured in numerous
well-received feature-length films, shorts, television series,and music videos. Most recently, Perez has appeared
on television in nationally broadcast ads; and as "Vanessa" in the new television series, "East Los High".
Perez's recent feature films include "Twiharder" (2013), and Devil May Call (2013). Her lead performance
in “An Ornament of Faith” promises to be Perez's breakout role.
IVAN CAMILO
Camilo has starred in a number of numerous plays and feature films in both the U.S. and internationally. Camilo has slowly been building a roster of memorable performances. After appearing in "El barrio", in 2008, Camilo has two major releases, in 2011,
“No Me Vistes…” and “Under My Nails” in 2012.
JOHN JUBACK
A veteran New York actor of the stage and screen, Juback has appeared in acclaimed theatrical productions domestically
and internationally. Juback was featured on television in "Law & Order", "The Black Donnellys", and "Spencer for Hire".
Juback’s feature films include “Turn the River” opposite Famke Janssen and Rip Torn; and “Birth” with Nicole Kidman.
SHANA DOWDESWELL
as FATIMA /
MIRIAM MORALES
as ROSY
SHANA DOWDESWELL
The late New York actress' flame burned bright as a child actress who matured into a versatile star of stage and screen. Dowdeswell was featured in numerous episodes of popular TV shows, including all three "Law & Order" series, and "Body of Proof". Her feature films include “The Winning Season” with Sam Rockwell and Emma Roberts; and she can be seen in the “The Big Wedding”
with Robert DeNiro and Diane Keaton.
MIRIAM MORALES
The New York-based actor is a rising star of film and television with numerous appearances in short films to her credit.
Morales has appeared on television in "Law & Order: SVU" and in 2012 in "Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal".
She also appeared in the boxing-themed feature, "To Be King".
J. EDDIE MARTINEZ
as FLACO /
INDIO MELENDEZ
as RUDY
J.EDDIE MARTINEZ
Colombia-born Eddie Martinez has been featured in a number of top-rated shows, including "Law & Order", "The Wire", "The Unit", “Dark Blue”, and "Weeds". His most recent feature films include, “Eden” directed by Megan Griffiths; “Love Orchid” with Bruce Dern; “The Nevsky Project”; and “A Better Life” by “American Pie” director Chris Weitz.
INDIO MELENDEZ
Formidable actor and poet, Melendez has appeared in numerous stage productions, film, and television projects. His TV work includes appearances on “Law & Order: SVU” and “Jurukan”. Short films include “Word is Bond” and “Friends and Strangers”. Melendez has received a H.O.L.A. award for his work with the Spanish Repertory Company in 2008. His theater work includes “Idiosyncrasy”
and the one-man show, “Man-child Dilemma”.
SOCORRO SANTIAGO
as MOTHER /
MATEO GOMEZ
as SERGIO
SOCORRO SANTIAGO
Veteran stage and screen actress Santiago appeared in the top-rated TV shows “Unforgettable”, “Law & Order: SVU”,
and “Bored to Death”; and the hit daytime soap, “All My Children”. Her feature films include “The Devil’s Advocate” with Al Pacino;
“Music of the Heart” with Meryl Streep; and Sidney Lumet’s “Night Falls on Manhattan”.
MATEO GOMEZ
Veteran stage, screen, and TV actor, Gomez appeared in numerous episodes of "Law & Order", "Law & Order: Criminal Intent",
and "SVU". Gomez appeared in the films “The Bone Collector” with Denzel Washington; “The City”; “Che” directed by Steven Soderbergh: and “The Devil Knows You’re Dead", Sidney Lumet’s final film.
ANTHONY RUIZ
as PEPE /
KAREN CONTRERAS
as CONNIE
ANTHONY RUIZ
Veteran actor of stage, screen and television. Ruiz has appeared in numerous plays and films, including a number of commercial and critical successes. Before his appearance in "An Ornament of Faith", Ruiz's feature film work includes "Hangin' with the Homeboys", "Crocodile Dundee II", "Fresh", and "Girlfight". His television work includes appearances on the hit series "Cosby"
and several episodes of "Law & Order".
KAREN CONTRERAS
New York-based actor and writer, with multiple film and television appearances to her credit. She appeared in the television series
"We Are New York" (2009). She co-wrote and had a role in the short film, "Gumshoe" (2010). Before joining the cast
of "An Ornament of Faith", Contreras starred in the features, "A Price Above Rubies" (1998) with Renee Zellweger,
and "Collect Call" (2002)
CRAIG FITZPATRICK
as FRANKEL /
VERANIA KENTON
as POLICE WOMAN
CRAIG FITZPATRICK
New York stage actor. His theater work has included stints with with the repertory companies, Vital Theater, Resonance Ensemble,
Bad Rep Productions, and Confluence Theater Company. Fitzpatrick has also done stand up comedy at clubs throughout New York.
“An Ornament of Faith” marks his feature film debut.
VERANIA KENTON
New York-based film and television actor. Her work in short films include "A Nick in Time" (2007) and "Uncle Bill" (2008),
among others. She appeared in the television series, "We Are New York". Before "An Ornament of Faith", she had a role in the
feature film, "Indocumentados" (2005).
BARBARA JIMENEZ
as DORA
BARBARA JIMENEZ
Barbara Jimenez is an up and coming talent who has appeared in a number of plays and films in her young career. Her most short films include "Cecilia" (2009), "Pie" (2011), and "The Talisman" (2011). Before her role in "An Ornament of Faith", Jimenez appeared
in the feature films, "The Miracle of Spanish Harlem" (2010), and "The Return" (2011).

crew

YUICHI HIBI
Director / Writer / Editor / Producer
YUICHI HIBI
Yuichi Hibi is an accomplished fine art photographer who has ventured into filmmaking.

As a photographer, Hibi has earned international acclaim. His work has appeared in museums, gallery shows and private collections worldwide. In a feature, The New York Times described Hibi's inspired mindset, when he photographed "the silence and solitude"
of nighttime exteriors, as "a mental state akin to meditative ecstasy".

Hibi also founded the Shindo Theater Company. He acted, directed and produced more than 30 plays; and toured all over Europe, from London, Berlin to Stockholm, in performances of “Thirst of Love” and “Patriotism, ” both written by Yukio Mishima. Hibi directed
and performed the lead roles in both plays.

His recent feature film projects include “Method or Madness?”, a documentary that examines the influence and emergence
of the American “Method” and its worldwide impact on theater and film. Featured subjects include Arthur Penn, Eli Wallach,
Austin Pendleton and others.

One of Hibi's feature film projects, "Road Kill", was selected for l'Atelier (Cannes) in 2013.

“An Ornament of Faith” marks Hibi's feature film directorial debut.
FRANK DE LUCA
Writer / Producer /
YASU TANIDA
Director of Photography
FRANK DE LUCA
Former New York media publicist, De Luca has produced and written theater for the New York stage including "The Maids" and original work. His poetry and serialized fiction have been published in the "N.Y. Daily News", the "Newark Star-Ledger", and the
"Asbury Park Press". De Luca is a writer of the documentary feature in progress, "Method or Madness?".
YASU TANIDA
Tanida is an L.A.-based cinematographer who has amassed an impressive roster of feature films, television series, television commercials, and music videos in his still-young career. The award-winning DP has received honors from ICG (“ICG Generation Next 5 DPs Under 35”) and Variety Magazine (“Top 10 Cinematographers to Watch”). Tanida has also won top Cinematography awards from KODAK; and Best Cinematography at the Phoenix Film Festival for "August Evening"; among others. His feature films released in 2013 include "Intrepid", "Blaze You Out", and "Those Who Kill" with director Joe Carnahan, and starring Chloe Sevigny and James D'Arcy.
KEIKO DEGUCHI
Editor /
RYAN STEVENSON
Production Designer
KEIKO DEGUCHI
Keiko Deguchi is a renowned, award-winning editor with 39 feature and documentary films to her credit. In 2007, she received
the prestigious James Lyons Editing Award at the Woodstock Film Festival. Her documentary credits include "In a Dream", "Ganges: River to Heaven", and the critically lauded, multiple award winning, "The Cats of Mirikitani" (2006). Narrative feature credits include Susan Seidelman’s "The Boynton Beach Club" and "FUR: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus", with Nicole Kidman in the title role. Deguchi teamed again with director Seidelman for "The Hot Flashes" (2013), starring Daryl Hannah, Brooke Shields, and Eric Roberts.
RYAN STEVENSON
Multi-talented film and theater artist Stevenson has worked has designed sets and costumes for a wide range of film, theater,
and art/music video projects. Recent examples of his work are featured in the film shorts, "The Nowhere Room" and "The Puritans".
MARIA E. NELSON & ELLYN LONG MARSHALL
Casting
MARIA E. NELSON & ELLYN LONG MARSHALL
Nelson, Marshall and their New York-based casting company are distinguished for discovering major new talent. Films include “Girlfight” (Michelle Rodriguez), “Maria Full of Grace” (Catalina Sandino Moreno), and "El Cantante" (Starring Jennifer Lopez).
SARAH PARLOW
Costume Designer /
TAKUMA WATANABE
Music
SARAH PARLOW
Sarah Parlow is a highly influential personal stylist for music, entertainment, and business executives. Sarah met the famous Costume Designer and Stylist Arianne Philips on the set of “Girl Interrupted” in 1999 and went on to assist her; as well as renowned Costume Designer Arjun Bhasin (“Life of Pie”, “Loving Jezebel”) and Barbara Presar (“Oxygen”). Since then she has worked as a Fashion Stylist for celebrities and American and International Magazines, including ELLE and GQ. “An Ornament of Faith” is her first feature film
as Costume Designer.
TAKUMA WATANABE
Takuma Watanabe is a Japanese-born, world-class composer and musician who has worked with a wide range of multi-platform artists in the U.S., Europe and Asia, including Joan La Barbara, Jonas Mekas, Emmett Kelly, Pedro Martinez, and David Sylvain. Watanabe was invited to David Sylvain’s World Tour as a pianist in 2007. In addition to his prolific work for the stage and screen, Watanabe has recorded and released a number of solo albums since 1999. Watanabe’s work for film includes an episode for the feature film “Genius Party” (2007), “Konna Otonano Onnanoko” (2007), “Subetawa Yoru Hajimaru” (1999), and “Sunano Kage” (2008).

Technical info

Genres: Drama I Thriller
Aspect Ratio: 1.78
Language: English
Color: Black & White l Color
Running Time: 89 min

Logline

A troubled young woman's path to redemption — from a life on society's edge — is complicated by a co-dependent half-brother, and meddling parole officer.

A young parolee’s path to redemption is thwarted by his relationship with a sociopath half-sister, and a patriarchal parole officer who oversteps his boundaries.

synopsis

Manny is out on parole for attacking his father, in defense of his half-sister, Yaz. Manny is afforded a second chance under the paternal guidance of Brenner,

a meddling parole officer. Manny’s attempt to stay on the straight and narrow

is tested, however, by a “special” bond that he shares with Yaz, who has devolved into an unhinged, sociopath.

Overwhelmed by the burden of his love for Yaz, Manny helplessly gets caught in Yaz’s web of deceit and betrayal, which, as Brenner warns, may ultimately seal Manny’s fate.

Yaz reaches the apex in a series of sordid criminal acts by kidnapping Manny’s love child (Luke) right out from under his unsuspecting mother. Manny prevails

by managing to track Yaz down.

In a final showdown, Manny frees Luke from Yaz’s clutches, and leaves her alone...

their destiny unknown

Manny is out on parole for attacking his father, in defense of his half-sister, Yaz. Manny is afforded a second chance under the paternal guidance of Brenner, a meddling parole officer. Manny’s attempt to stay on the straight and narrow is tested, however, by a “special” bond that he shares with Yaz, who has devolved into an unhinged, sociopath.

Overwhelmed by the burden of his love for Yaz, Manny helplessly gets caught in Yaz’s web of deceit and betrayal, which, as Brenner warns, may ultimately seal Manny’s fate.

Yaz reaches the apex in a series of sordid criminal acts by kidnapping Manny’s love child (Luke) right out from under his unsuspecting mother. Manny prevails by managing to track Yaz down.

In a final showdown, Manny frees Luke from Yaz’s clutches, and leaves her to face her painful childhood memories alone. Abandoned, Yaz rushes out and catches up to Manny. They embrace one another passionately...Yaz, Manny and Luke are framed in isolation against the harsh environment on the fringes of an unforgiving infrastructure... their destiny unknown.