About the team

Christopher Makoto Yogi (Director) is an artist and filmmaker from Honolulu, Hawai‚Äòi. His debut feature film, the award-winning August at Akiko’s, had its World Premiere at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam in 2018 to critical acclaim. Richard Brody in The New Yorker named it one of the best films of 2019. I Was a Simple Man, his second feature film, has participated in the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs, IFP Film Week, Film Independent’s Fast Track, and received a Jerome Foundation and Cinereach grant. Chris’ short films include the documentaries Occasionally, I Saw Glimpses of Hawai‚Äòi and Makoto: or, Honesty, and the fiction film Obake (Ghosts). Chris is a Berlinale Talents, Visual Communications’ Armed with a Camera, Kyoto Filmmakers Lab, and New York Film Festival Artists Academy fellow.

Sarah S. Kim (Producer) is a creative producer originally from Busan, South Korea and currently based in Los Angeles. Her producing credits include the critically acclaimed feature film August at Akiko’s, starring musician Alex Zhang Hungtai (fka Dirty Beaches) directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi, which premiered at Rotterdam and is currently streaming on the Criterion Channel. I Was a Simple Man has been supported by the Sundance Labs and Sundance Catalyst, IFP, Film Independent, the Jerome Foundation, and Cinereach. She’s also produced several international co-productions including a North Korean period feature film called The Other Side of the Mountain, which is in the National Korean Film Archive. She is a Film Independent Producers Lab and IFP Cannes Producers Network fellow.

Eunsoo Robin Cho (DP) is an award-winning cinematographer born and raised in Seoul, Korea. Eunsoo’s most recent projects are the South Korean feature film, Love, Lies which was praised by critics, one calling it a “feast for the eyes” and Christopher Makoto Yogi’s independent feature film, August at Akiko’s. She studied at the Korean National University of Arts and received her M.F.A. at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. Many of her works have garnered awards at film festivals around the world. She is a fellow of Project:Involve and Berlinale Talents.

I Was a Simple Man is a Cinereach grantee.

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