The Filmmakers behind KIMI KABUKI

Writer/Director Yoko Okumura

Writer/Director Yoko Okumura



Writer/Director  |  Kyoto, Japan

As a writer and director, Yoko Okumura’s short films have screened at Los Angeles Film Festival, St.Louis International Film Festival, Minneapolis Underground Film Festival, and her film, 1:58AM, won the Jury Award at the Seoul International Youth Film Festival. She was associate-producer on the feature length documentary, ONLY THE YOUNG, which won Best Feature 2012 at Silverdocs and the Young American Audience Award 2012 at AFI Fest, and is now distributed by Oscilloscope. Yoko graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Film/Video, and from AFI with her MFA in Directing.

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Producer  |  Toronto, Canada

Laura is an aspiring film producer from Toronto, Canada who was finally seduced by the promise of sunshine in Los Angeles. After graduating from Ryerson University with a BA in Radio and Television Arts, Laura was the production designer on the CALL OF DUTY: FIND MAKAROV short films, and promotional videos for KPMG and the Canadian Film Centre. She worked at We Can Pretend and Markham Street Films in Toronto, then moved to Los Angeles to work as an executive assistant to writer and producer Marti Noxon on GLEE. She graduated with her MFA in Producing from the American Film Institute.

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Producer Laura Noxon

Producer Laura Noxon

Cinematographer Bennett Cerf

Cinematographer Bennett Cerf



Cinematographer  |  Annandale, Virginia

Bennett’s work as a cameraman includes blockbusters as IRON MAN 2, TRUE GRIT, FLIGHT PLAN and X-MEN 2, and extends to several independent features such as THE EDGE OF THE WORLD.  For television, Bennett’s camera department experience includes hit TV shows CSI, THE CLOSER, TORCHWOOD, amongst many others. Additional camera experience encompasses national commercials for Fox Sports, Chrysler, Target, OnStar and Scion, as well as several short films. His music videos include bands such as Arsonists Get All the Girls, The Idaho Falls and London’s Above & Beyond, each of which broadcast on VH1. Bennett also shot STATE OF ALOHA which screened in major film festivals throughout the country and won Best Documentary at the Hawaii International Film Festival. Bennett is a longtime member of the Cinematographer’s Guild. He received his MFA in Cinematography from AFI. 

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Production Designer  |  Lingyuan, China

Haisu is a recent graduate of Beihang University in China, with a BS in Industrial Design. He was enrolled in a half-year program at Institute of Digital Design to learn visual effects. He then worked as a visual effects artist at Base FX. Within a year, he participated in many projects, such as THE PACIFIC, SUPER 8, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, I AM NUMBER 4, etc. THE PACIFIC received the 62nd Primetime Emmy Award for best visual effects (for the Base FX team). He graduated from the American Film Institute with a MFA in Production Design.

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Production Designer Haisu Wang

Production Designer Haisu Wang

Editor Michael Block

Editor Michael Block



Editor  |  Evanston, Illinois

Michael has an extensive background in film history and theory. He graduated from Washington University in St Louis in 2008 with a BA in film & media studies focusing on low budget, horror and exploitation film. Previously, he also studied film at Northwestern University, Columbia College in Chicago and King’s College London. Before pursuing his MFA at the American Film Institute in Editing, he worked as a paralegal for legal services in East St Louis during the day and a freelance editor at night. 

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