SHADOW RANCH

INNOVATIVE ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY

Shadow Ranch was a Film Production Company and Art Colony set in Joshua Tree. It was active between 1994-1999. It was reactivated in 2012 and officially reborn in 2019.

 
This museum is dedicated to my grandfather Kuhara Fuasnosuke, who created the Kuhara Mine. It is on this land that he started the electric company Hitachi.

This museum is dedicated to my grandfather Kuhara Fuasnosuke, who created the Kuhara Mine. It is on this land that he started the electric company Hitachi.

KUHARA

My Japanese grandfather, KUHARA FUSANOSUKE was an INDUSTRIAL MAGNATE and a powerful POLITICIAN. I knew him for the last 10 years of his life, in the final flickers of his empire. He made and lost many fortunes.

He built the 2nd largest copper mine in Japan with 6200 employees, and founded HITACHI and NISSAN.

As a politician and diplomat he met with Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin, Prime minister Neville Chamberlain, Emporer Hirohito, and many Japanese Prime Ministers. He was elected to the Diet, was a Cabinet Minister and the head of a major political party. He was friends with Sun Yat Sen and invested heavily in his Chinese Revolution.  Kuhara was honored by the writer Yukio Mishima for his involvement in the February 26th incident.

KUHARA FUSANOSUKE BIOGRAPHY - 107 page book translated from Japanese

When I was young, I would stay at my grandfather’s house in the summers, and enjoyed the last 10 years of his life. He was always in a good mood. Over his life, he made and lost many fortunes. He liked to spend money, and had just enough to live in comfort until his death at age 97. That marked the end of an empire. I celebrate his amazing life in this blog below.

UTOPIA 7

at SHADOW RANCH

All the imagery originated on 35mm film and early digital cameras, then composited on consumer Mac computers using Photoshop. It’s not perfect but you get the idea and the flavor. The website was completed in 1999 when all we had was DSL dialup. You’ll need to enlarge the images on your browser.

All the imagery originated on 35mm film and early digital cameras, then composited on consumer Mac computers using Photoshop. It’s not perfect but you get the idea and the flavor. The website was completed in 1999 when all we had was DSL dialup. You’ll need to enlarge the images on your browser.

We’re making FUTURIST ADVENTURE FILMS about an off the grid, progressive liberal, survivalist village: The stories are spread over a 100 years on the same piece as of land. This was first written in the late nineteen nineties, but is more relevant now more than ever.

AFTER THE GRID GOES DOWN

SEE SERIES OUTLINE IN THW 1999 VISUAL CONCEPT BOOK. UTOPIA7.com UNCHANGED SINCE 1999.

We are always looking for talented people to become a member of SHADOW RANCH, a film production company and art colony which started in 1995. We like artists, actors, models, designers, producers, investors, re-creators, craftspeople, film people, musicians, and sound light techs…. We like to keep it creative and fun in a productive and professional environment.

Please send in as much information as you can about yourself: What are your skills? How do you see yourself participating? Please include proximity to Joshua Tree and Los Angeles, and your availability. Actors send in headshots and resumes to Mind Tease Media at 1626 Wilcox Ave. Suite 600. Hollywood, CA 90028.

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