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Welcome to Marianne Productions, bringing unique and insightful Japan/ America based films to a worldwide audience. 

Did you know cinema in Japan BEGAN in the city of Kobe? Marianne’s mission is to put Kobe back on the map in the film world, and set up an entire industry infrastructure in the city, as well as be a bridge between Los Angeles and Japan. 

It’s not just Kobe. Osaka, Suita, Sakai, Kadoma… there is a whole word to discover here in Japan. Marianne is your gateway to new entertainment.

Get in touch. Reach out to Doc Kane at:


In the spirit of award-winning indie romantic comedy/dramas from the early 2000’s, From Chicago to Osaka is a screenplay written for the modern era. With fast-paced ping pong comedic dialogue in both English and Japanese, From Chicago to Osaka is the quintessential date movie for adults looking for something smart, sophisticated, and highly entertaining.

The screenplay is written as a two-hour small-to-low budget independent film that highlights the locations and people of Osaka, in the same way Ferris Bueller’s Day Off did for Chicago. With a relatively small cast of characters, the logistics of shooting this film should be quite manageable and affordable for any production studio.

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Sometimes you find love 6,437 miles away.

Suffering from PTSD, a painter heads to Osaka for an upcoming art show where he falls in love with a spirited Japanese woman with an unfaithful fiancé.

About the President, Doc Kane

When the idea of producing films first coalesced in my mind just a hair over ten years ago, I was living back home in Phillipsburg, New Jersey handling archival research for the History Channel’s six-hour, Emmy-Nominated Vietnam in HD series. 

The storied Lou Reda Films was managing the production, a local family outfit operating in the big film world since the days when I was delivering papers to its founder and namesake, Lou. On the History project, I was hired early—part of a tiny team sparsely occupying our large downstairs office in this famous building off a non-descript side street in Easton, Pennsylvania. It was beyond wonderful to be there working on a film I felt was so important to introduce to the world, so important to be to be a part of making. I spent the next year there, made numerous friends and met an amazingly skilled group of professionals. And, I left… wanting more. 

Chicago called first. A short detour. 

I spent five years helping a medical SaaS company get off the ground as marketing communications director, and while I wasn’t yet producing films, I was once again helping navigate a newly christened ship in unknown waters—my calling card these last few decades. These days that ship, RevenueWell, sails quite well; a leader in dental marketing.

Dental marketing is not film, though, so I honed my storytelling chops in comedy writing classes with founding editor of The Onion Scott Dikkers at The Second City, with Go Into The Story founder, Scott Myers, and as a story analyst with distribution firm, Leeding Media.

Nights and weekends are good for that sort of thing, and it was particularly fun to be a part of the nascent Chicago film and television scene at the time. And then, the second call came. From a bit further away.


A fateful trip in 2017 to see Paul McCartney at the Tokyo Dome provided the final clues that allowed me to confidently pack my life into a single bag and hop on a plane, and September 1st of that year, I was in my new home. 

From almost the moment I arrived I placed myself in the entertainment world here in Japan… I even managed a cameo as Senator Russel B. Long in INDEPENDENCE OF JAPAN with Asano Tadanobu. Neat.

Now, it’s time to act behind the camera, though… as producer. And, that is what Marianne Productions is all about. Marianne is for and about my mother, our namesake. She’s the reason I fell in love with movies, and the reason I’m so driven to bring you stories worth telling… storiees worth sharing. 

We’re just getting started around here, and we have so much more room to grow. Stick around why don’t you? We know you’re gonna love FROM CHICAGO TO OSAKA when it makes it to a screen near you… very soon.

Cheers from Kobe, 

Doc Kane
Founder, Marianne Productions

Contact Marianne Productions

Are you interested in financing our films or working with us? Please fill out this simple form. We can provide supporting materials, set up a meeting, even just a simple phone call.  We look forward to hearing from you. 

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