Forgive-Don't Forget (working title)

: Documentary Feature
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: Post-Production


A documentary about attempting to return a surrendered sword from WWII. Making peace with the past. We plan to do this by knocking on the door of Japan.


During Japan's surrender at the end of World War II, numerous swords were confiscated by American officers. In order to better understand the past and build a bridge between cultures in the present, a filmmaker attempts to return one of these surrendered swords to its original owner.


Visually, the film has a very distinct and consistent style that is meant to bring the audience closer to the story. The key element for how we approach this is the film's visual emphasis on details. Since part of the film is focused on the actual discovery of the Japanese sword's owner and returning the sword to Japan–a daunting process–we want the audience to get a sense that they, too, are a part of the journey. 


Brad Bennett - Co-Creator/Producer/Executive Producer

Beginning his career documenting professional surf culture across the world, Brad focused on cinematography and video journalism until he began his own production company in 2004. Shaking Hands Productions, located in Virginia, has garnered many accolades from across the nation in its 10 years of operation.

Austin Journey - Co-Creator/Writer/Editor

Having graduated with a B.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies from the College of William and Mary, Austin began his work as a freelance writer and editor. He has worked with such organizations as Monticello and AVAdventure, and he currently works with Shaking Hands Productions. Before serving as writer and editor for this project, Austin was the editor of the 2011 film "Rough Draft" which won Best First Feature at the Williamsburg International Film Festival in Brooklyn.

Jonah Guelzo - Co-Creator/Co-Producer/Sound Designer

From working alongside Peter Berg on the sound design for HBO's The Leftovers, to recording the vehicles in Fast and Furious 7, and high-end commercial short films for Lamborghini, Jonah is well versed in making an impact on screen. While he calls post-production sound his home, his love for film extends far beyond just the soundtrack. Having edited feature films, documentaries, commercials and more, his understanding and knowledge of both picture and sound help ensure a polished sound and look to every project in which he takes part.

Dave Klotz - Music Composer

 Gemini nominated composer Dave Klotz has worked in almost every creative facet of the music business. A native Torontonian, Dave's early career involved composition, performance, arrangement, production and touring with a variety of musical acts. Over the past 20 years, Dave has been credited for composition in film, and television, for productions spanning from Toronto, to Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

Paul Martin - Executive Producer

 Paul Martin was born in England in 1965. He is a masters graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. He was a curatorial assistant at the British Museum, later becoming the museum's Japanese swords specialist. He has published several books and DVD's on Japanese swords, and is currently a secretary for the Nihonto Bunka Shinko Kyokai (NBSK).

Atit Shah - Co-Producer

Atit, born in Ahmedabad, India, is the founder of Create Entertainment. He left a managerial role at Thomson Reuters to pursue film production in 2011. His company released its first film, An Act of War, in 2015. Create Entertainment has several projects being released in 2016: the upcoming Jekyll IslandMoney, and Brown Nation among them.


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