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SHOWDOWN AT SHINAGAWA: Tales of Filming from Bombay to Brazil


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New Award & Reviews for SHOWDOWN at SHINAGAWA: Tales of Filming from Bombay to Brazil


SPR-ROSETTEcommended150My book SHOWDOWN at SHINAGAWA tells true stories from my long career as a director of photography, working on film and digital cinema shoots across the U.S. and all around the world—Japan, India, China, Uganda, the Philippines, New Zealand, France, Singapore, England, Taiwan, Mexico, and Brazil.

The book has recently been honored as a Commended Winner in Non-Fiction in the 2014 Self-Publishing Review Awards.  One of the three highest non-fiction awards!


  • “Funny, sweet, and wise…deeply moving human interest stories…the doctor in India who doesn’t charge for treating people via telemedicine, the young man in England with cystic fibrosis who has a new lease on life thanks to a portable nebulizer, and the medical student in Uganda who is tirelessly working to help his people.”—Foreword Clarion Reviews
  • “The author recalls his near ‘big break’…as a novice director doing preproduction in the Philippines for a low-budget Japanese sci-fi film…Thumbs up for this filmmaker’s collection of postcards from the edge.”—Kirkus Reviews
  • “’Shanghai Lunch’ is a funny little vignette about Westerners trying Chinese delicacies. ‘The Big Break: Malaise in Manila’ is a great little humor piece for those of you just dying to know how a B-movie gets made.”—IndieReader
  • “The book…really pulls together as a narrative about humanity in general in a very intriguing and heartwarming way, even when talking about the worst sides of a production or the lowest moments life can offer.”—Self-Publishing Review
  • “Many of the stories found ways to brighten my day, tug at my heartstrings, or help me understand my fellow humans a bit more.”—
  • “A common theme…[is] the camaraderie he has found on movie sets. Be it with his regular collaborators or just one-time-only encounters, he has found the moving image to be a pretty darned good universal language.”—Cleveland Movie Blog
  • “The book introduces us to wonderful online viewing where Zarchy’s remarkable photographic talents are on display.”—

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Tales of Filming from Bombay to Brazil

Published by Roving Camera Press

ISBN: 978-0-9849191-0-9  (paperback)

ISBN: 978-0-9849191-1-6  (e-book) 216 pages, including 21 pages of color photos

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