Toru

Jonathan Minard | 15 min | USA | 2017

SYNOPSIS
With a science fiction undercurrent, Toru centers on the story of a baby boy, named Toru, born with a fatal lung condition. As he only has a few days to live Toru’s parents sign him up for a trial experiment that would simulate a full life in a matter of days. The film follows Toru’s dream-like life simulation as a boy named Todd growing up in a New England suburb and concludes in futuristic Japan.

SCREENING SCHEDULE
Transhuman Diaries
9:00 PM | Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Cobble Hill Cinemas
265 Court St, Brooklyn, 11231

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Directors | Jonathan Minard, Scott Rashap
Director of Photography | Matt Mitchell
Score | Brian McComber
Cast | Ai Kiyono, Yasu Suzuki, Tatsuo Ichikawa, Tsukasa Kondo, John Mullen, Tamara Hickey

DIRECTOR’S BIO
Jonathan Minard is an artist and filmmaker who investigates human experience in extreme environments and the evolutionary dynamic between nature and culture. Communities of interest include the nomads of Mongolia, deep sea oceanographers and astro-biologists, the SETI program and the emerging culture of humans in outer space. At the STUDIO, Jonathan is involved with the Moon Arts Project where he schedules and produces public outreach events, manages the public-facing aspects and creates documentaries that explore the cultural dimensions of space exploration and space technologies. In 2011, Jonathan founded a documentary production company, Deepspeed Media.

Jonathan has a joint degree in Fine Art and Anthropology from Carnegie Mellon and previously worked at CMU’s College of Fine Arts as an advisor to prospective joint degree students. From 2007-2008, as an associate fellow at the STUDIO, he was involved with both the Moysikos Project and Deep Space Signaling Project.