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I have been a strong supporter of this project along with my producing partner Wendy Guerrero in our company Publicly Private from it’s inception. Our company seeks to support diverse voices in storytelling particularly focusing on films about people. With the help of this grant, it will allow this uniquely special coming of age story that reflects the growing diversity of the population of the United States to become a reality.

Cindy Kitagawa is a special talent with a unique voice that I’ve been encouraging as a writer for many years. She tells stories about what she knows and COAST certainly reflects that. From a Japanese American father and a Mexican mother Cindy’s way into her stories are as diverse as her background and I look forward to seeing and being a part of her future imaginations.


Sincerely yours,

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Executive Producer

Bruce Dern