Minami Goto is a Japanese filmmaker with global aspirations and is currently pursuing her MFA degree at Columbia University on scholarships.
She has extensive experience working with international crews and has directed, written, and produced a number of short films in both United States and Japan. Her short films have played at numerous festivals worldwide, including Singapore International Film Festival and Long Beach International Film Festival.
She was recently awarded the Jack Larson Award for Collaboration for developing the short film KIKO, and the Avex Digital Award for her upcoming short film Chairs, Desks, and Bricks.
She holds BA in Art History from Tokyo University, where she produced a series of film screenings and events. She also has worked as an assistant and a producer at art galleries throughout Tokyo.
Writer / Illustrator
Born in 1993
Asami Tomari studied drama and theater at Meiji University’s Department of Drama Studies, where she wrote several plays and directed some scenes. After graduating, she moved to New York to gain more experience and also started painting, which she always wanted to try.
Both her scripts and artworks have the theme of human ”beauty”, definition of “beauty”, difficulty of bringing one’s mind inside oneself in this modern society, a way to open one’s heart, and so on.
She held some exhibitions in Brooklyn, and she is currently working as a screenwriter and artist in Tokyo. In August 2018 she will hold a solo exhibition in Miyazaki, Japan.
Director of Photography
Yousuke Kiname first became interested in filmmaking a the age of 15 when he directed a student film at his local high school in Japan. Being struck by the experience, he decided to pursue a career in the field and relocates to New York. There he attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, completing his BFA in 2010.
After graduation, he started working as a camera assistant on independent films. In that time, he worked closely with cinematographers such as Radium Cheung(Tangerine, Blood Stripe, Billions) and gradually moved on to camera operating and cinematography.
Yousuke currently works on a wide range of projects from music videos, branded content to documentaries and narrative films. He is grateful for being able to work in a field that he loves and hopes to improve his craft with every project he is a part of.
Kazuo Fukui is a production manager and producer in Japan. He joined some major film shootings a university student, and after graduation, he participated in numerous movie works. Currently he is staying in New York for one year under the Program of overseas Study for Upcoming Artists sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan.
Takuma Matsuda is a filmmaker currently based in Staten Island, NY. After he graduated from College of Staten Island in 2017 with Cinema major, he continues filmmaking while working as a freelancer. His first short film which he made as a thesis project in the college has been screened at Anthology Film Archives as part of New Filmmaker Series and won the Audience Choice Award.
Now, he is creating an experimental short film, which he expresses his philosophical idea about life.
Born to an American father and a Japanese mother, Victor grew up in a military family, experiencing various cultures by living in different parts of the world. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and then began working as an announcer and interview program host for an NPR-affiliated radio station in Virginia. After a couple years, however, Victor’s desire to create something different grew, so he and two other friends from college teamed up to found the production company, between friends. Currently, he mainly produces commercials while slowly writing the script for a feature-length film.
Prop stylist born in Fukuoka, Japan. Madoka wasn't interested in studying any subjects enough to go on to university. But after her panicked parents persuaded her (Thanks mam and dad!), she studied about broadcasting industry, mainly producing TV dramas, writing scripts, shooting or editing in Osaka University Of Art. Then Hiroki Hayashi, who Madoka studied under, advised her to be a prop coma lol.
Now she is a freelancer after working for a TV company as a prop stylist. Based in NY for some years ahead. Loves to create spatial structure to films or photographs as well as interior of a store.
Tokyo born composer Miho Hazama is one of New York’s most astounding young talents. Lauded in Downbeat as one of “25 for the Future”, Miho is quickly establishing herself as a force of nature on the world’s stage. As the 2015 recipient of the BMI Charlie Parker Composition Prize, Miho developed her signature ensemble “m_unit”. Now having 2 full length releases on Universal Music Japan/ Sunnyside Records, Miho has written for and expertly showcased the abilities of guest artists such as Joshua Redman, Stefon Harris, Steve Wilson, and Gil Goldstein, to name a few. Furthermore, each album was carefully overseen by Miho’s musical mentor and jazz composition powerhouse, Jim McNeely. Critics and music fans alike have praised the recordings, and Miho has been featured in such influential publications as Downbeat, JazzTimes, NPR, CD Journal and many more.