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I am an award-winning director, cinematographer and editor based out of Los Angeles, California. I take a decisively documentary approach to nonfiction visual storytelling to create powerful, compelling and beautiful stories about the human experience. 

My work includes branded content, journalism and documentary film defined by a distinct cinematic visual aesthetic and unique editing style. My background in journalism shapes my approach to crafting story structures and sophisticated narratives.

I provide full service production of high-quality content for a diverse set of clients that include editorial publications, advocacy organizations and brands as diverse as Starbucks, Great Big Story and Minerva Schools

Formerly, I was a Multimedia Producer at Talking Eyes Media and a Production Intern at the Emmy Award-wining production studio MediaStorm after completing my Master’s in Photography at Syracuse University. 

I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii to immigrant parents from Hong Kong and Japan. During my first career as a conservation ecologist with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, I was struck by lightning, attacked by Capuchin monkeys, and hospitalized with Meningitis. I now prefer eating pizza in the comfort of my home.

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Honors & Awards

2017. Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, Best Documentary Short, Im/Perfection

2017. Waimea Ocean Film Festival, Best Film Short, Im/Perfection

2016. Women's Voices Now,
Audience Choice: Documentary Short, On the Road: Khushi's Story

2015. World Press Photo Multimedia Contest,
2nd Prize Long Feature, The Fence

2014. The Webby Awards: Individual Documentary Episode,
Nominee, God's Ivory

2014. Northern Short Course Contest,
3rd Place Team Multimedia, God's Ivory

2014. Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability, Finalist, Follow My Steps

2013. AI-AP International Motion Art Awards,
SELECTED, Follow My Steps

2013. The San Francisco International Festival of Short Films,
Special Recognition for Documentary, Follow My Steps

2013. NPPA Best of Photojournalism,
2nd Place Documentary Multimedia Story, Follow My Steps

2013. Northern Short Course Contest,
2nd Place Longform Multimedia, Follow My Steps

2012. SyRECuse Film Festival,
1st Place Student Film

2012. Society of Professional Journalists,
1st Place Online In-Depth Reporting, El Nuevo Normal

2012. Syracuse University
Chancellor's Award for Public Engagement, Hope Print, Inc.

2012. 2011. NPPA Student Quarterly Clip Contest,
3rd Place Video, Cut Time
1st Place Video, The Normal Kid
3rd Place Picture Story, 3rd Place Video, The Dividing Line

2011. NPPA Professional Multimedia Contest,
1st Place Video, The Dividing Line
3rd Place Video, A Neighborhood Staple

2009. 4Culture
Individual Artist Project Grant, 16 Square Blocks interactive

2010. 2008. Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs,
smART Ventures Grant, 16 Square Blocks interactive
City Artists Project Grant, Slow Healing documentary



Select Exhibitions & Screenings

2017. Vancouver Asian Film Festival
2017. Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
2017. Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
2017. Waimea Ocean Film Festival
2016. Hawaii International Film Festival

2016. Female Eye Film Festival

2013. DOC NYC Film Festival
2013. AI-AP Motion Art Awards
2013. Reel Health International Health Short Film Festival
2013. San Francisco International Festival of Short Films
2013. Athens International Film + Video Festival
2013. Invited to present at the Society for Disability Studies 26th Annual Convention

2017. Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, What's in Your Cup
2012. 2011. Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
2011. SCIDpda IDEA Space permanent collection
2010. 101 South King Street Gallery

2011. Light Work Gallery

2013. Dougherty Arts Center
2012. The Homecoming Project
2009. Photo Center Northwest
2009. City of Kent Centennial Center


The Fall Workshop, Syracuse, NY
2014. 2013. 2012. Multimedia Coach
2011. 2010. Participant

The Kalish, Muncie, IN
2013. Participant

NPPA Multimedia Immersion, Syracuse, NY
2017. 2013. Multimedia Coach

Visual News Reporting Workshop, Syracuse, NY
2015. 2014. 2013. 2012. Multimedia Coach