Living My

Best Life

Filmed and Produced by Chikara Motomura

 

Everyone has a beautiful story to share. Living My Best 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.

Dante Mazzolini

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 elias

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.


The Filmmaker

 
 
 

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.