Free Screening of "The Birth of Sake" at Asia Society



Erik Shirai, The Birth of Sake, sake, Japan, NYC, Asia Society, Yoshida Brewery, Ishikawa, POV, PBS, documentary
©Erik Shirai

The Birth of Saké

Wednesday, August 31 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Asia Society – 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street

Admission: Free

Asia Society is holding a free preview screening of the documentary The Birth of Saké, which premieres Monday, September 5 on POV, PBS’s award-winning nonfiction film series.

Directed by New York-based filmmaker Erik Shirai, The Birth of Saké is a cinematic documentary that goes behind the scenes at Yoshida Brewery, a 144-year-old family-owned small brewery in Ishikawa Prefecture. The passionate sake makers at Yoshida Brewery are an eclectic cast of characters, ranging from 20 to 70 years old. To make world-class sake the workers must live and work for a six-month period through the brutal winter.

The Birth of Saké received a Special Jury Mention, Best New Documentary Director at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and the John Schlesinger Award for Debut Documentary at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Shirai was a cinematographer for the Emmy® award-winning Travel Channel series Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and recently completed Eye What You Eat, a new web series for the Scripps Networks. Shirai’s food films were also featured at a TED conference in New York in 2012. In 2008, Shirai launched his own production company, Cebu Osani Creative, as a foundation for his creative ideals and to create films that are compelling, original, and visually cinematic.

The screening is a co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). Followed by a Q&A with producer Masako Tsumura.

To register, please visit Asia Society’s website.