My name is Kira and I’m a half-Japanese filmmaker and illustrator from New York currently based in Nara, Japan. I’m a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where I majored in Film & Television. After graduating from NYU, I worked as an associate producer on Humans of New York: The Series, which was nominated for an Emmy award in 2018.

Currently, I’m finishing up Mizuko: a short animated documentary supported by the Tribeca If/Then Documentary Program, which I wrote and co-directed. I’m also in post production for Horimono, a short documentary I’m co-directing about a shinto mountain pilgrimage for traditionally tattooed people in Japan. This year I was chosen as one of the 2019 fellows of the Sundance Ignite Program. I’m also a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective.

I’m particularly interested in experimental or animated documentaries. I have experience directing shooting, and editing my own documentary work in the US, as well as Cuba, South Africa, Nepal, and Japan. But regardless of medium or location, the kind of art that inspires me always tends to grow from finding empathy in overlooked places, and I strive to do the same with my own work.



こんにちは!25歳の フィルム監督と イラストレーターです。 出身はニューヨークです。父はアメリカ人で母親は日本人。今は奈良県の川上村に住んでいます。

ニューヨーク大学芸術学科卒業。フィルム・テレビ部門。卒業後、『ヒューマンズ オブ ニューヨーク』エミー賞を受賞したシリーズの アソシエイトプロデューサーでした。今は 2019年 Sundance Institute の Ignite フェローシップ プログラムに 履いています。今年、Tribeca Institute支援を受けて、『水子(Water Child)』 という短い実験ドキュメンタリーを完成させました。件名は 日本の仏教の関係、水子供養です。


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