Lexus and the Weinstein Company have released online the two films from the second annual Life is Amazing series showcasing burgeoning young talents who are getting the proper mentorship through this program.

After a star-studded premiere in Los Angeles and New York, ‘Operation Barn Owl’ and ‘Market Hours’ from the 2014 Lexus Short Films were screened in film festivals around the world before making it available for the public to view at  starting Monday, 27 October.


‘Operation Barn Owl,’ directed by Satsukia Okawa and co-writted by Ken Ochiai tells the story of Ellen and her group of friends banding together to help her best friend Jonah create a picturesque proposal for his girlfriend. Ellen, however, must overcome her feelings for Jonah and any past promises they made to each other for the proposal to go as planned.


‘Market Hours’ is about a quiet security guard who spends his days imagining the hidden lives of the shop workers in the market and was directed by Jon Goldman.

Satsuki Okawa, Ken Ochiai and Jon Goldman were mentored through the creative process of interpreting Life is Amazing by critically acclaimed members of the film community including actress Katie Holmes (The Giver, Wonder Boys) and directors Justin Chadwick (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, up-coming Tulip Fever), Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn, up-coming Woman in Gold), Antoine Fuqua (Brooklyn’s Finest, Training Day, up-coming Southpaw), and Phillip Noyce (The Giver, The Quiet American).

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