a full life
Filmed and Produced by Chikara Motomura
Everyone has a beautiful story to share. a full life is a collection of inspirational videos featuring the individuals supported by Lifehouse telling their own stories and truths as they learn and grow within the community. It is our hope that viewers will be able to “meet” residents through their likes, dislikes, struggles, and triumphs presented in these profiles.
Meet Dante- He is a kind and determined individual living on his own for five and a half years with the help of Lifehouse. At Santa Rosa Junior College, Dante worked hard and received a Technical Degree through C2C (College to Career). He now works full time as a courtesy clerk at Safeway, but hopes someday to fulfill his lifelong dream of working with animals. Dante believes that everyone should hang in there and follow their dreams.
Peter has been a Lifehouse resident for 18 years and lives in Comito House with this best friend Greg and four young men. Peter has a great sense of humor, loves to work with his hands and is an avid sports enthusiast. Baseball or Basketball fan? Then you and Peter will get along just fine, but you better be a Giants or Warriors fan.
Meet Chloe- A lovely, talented, confident young woman, and a Lifehouse resident for the past six years. Chloe has had a strong creative drive since she was a young girl and a beautiful collection of her drawings that fill the halls of Hamilton Place where she lives. Chloe’s other interests include fashion, theater, health, and dance. You can see her rocking her dance moves in the Lifehouse performance at the annual Great Chefs & Wineries!
Brenton Kaiser Taylor
Meet Brenton- He is a true example of what creativity, a strong attitude, and determination can bring. Fresh off releasing his first book The Dragon of Emerhill, Brenton is already dreaming up a sequel and maybe even a trilogy. His love for the arts paints him a true renaissance man with an enthusiasm for the classics in poetry, love of theater, and an incredible skill for drawing and painting.
Meet Sallie- She has a sweet demeanor and a great sense of humor. Some of her favorite activities include, listening to music, hanging out with friends, and playing table tennis. Her favorite thing about Lifehouse is the community that she now considers family.
Meet Tamsin, the young Lifehouse Resident who is striving to improve Special Education system for young children with developmental disabilities. She volunteers three times a week at an elementary school in Sonoma helping children with their language arts skills and hopes to eventually earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education Teaching. When she isn’t studying or helping others you find Tamsin signing her heart out at the local Karaoke night.
A Japanese native, Chikara has spent nearly 35 years in New York, Hawaii, and in the San Francisco Bay area as a freelance Director, Cinematographer, and Editor for various Japanese television networks, including NHK, Japan’s public television. Chikara also was a principal collaborator on 14 independent films with Rob Nilsson, a Berkeley-based Sundance/Cannes award-winning filmmaker.
Since 2011, Chikara has partnered with Paul Zehrer for PotentialSF — working as Co-Producer, Cinematographer, and Co-Editor on numerous award-winning films including “Why Waldorf?”, “Preparing for Life”, and “Being Seen”. Recently Chikara was a Co-Cinematographer for “The Test and The Art of Thinking,” a documentary feature about the SAT exam.