Director: Peter I. Chang
Producer: Mitch Cullin
Cast: Hisao Shinagawa
I WANT TO DESTROY AMERICA is a documentary about the street musician Hisao Shinagawa, a Japanese singer/songwriter who has refused to give up on his elusive dream of success and stardom, regardless of personal cost and the solitary reality of his life. For 42 years, he has cast himself as the Japanese Bob Dylan. Moving from Tokyo to America in 1974, following in the footsteps of his hero Woody Guthrie, he befriended Johnny Cash and Townes Van Zandt after hitchhiking to Nashville. Now at 60, he plays his music on the streets of Los Angeles while living in near poverty, still hoping to find an audience in a manner that is admirable, bittersweet, and, ultimately, heartbreaking.
Causes Mitch Cullin Supports
Amnesty International, Gilda’s Club, International Lesbian and Gay Association, Moveon.org, National Film Preservation Foundation, People For The American...