Non-documentary Filmmakers to Speak at JAMsj

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SAN JOSE — “JA Filmmakers Part III: Non-Documentary Filmmakers” will be presented by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, 535 N. 5th St. in San Jose Japantown, on Saturday, July 26, at 1 p.m.

The event will feature contemporary filmmakers who are known for films outside of documentaries:

• Koji Steven Sakai has written four feature films: “Haunted Highway” (2006), “The People I’ve Slept With” (2009), “Monster & Me” (2013), and “Chink” (2013). He also produced “The People I’ve Slept With” and “Chink.” Sakai is a member of the Writers Guild of America and a graduate of USC’s Masters of Professional Writing program. In addition, he has held several fellowships and won numerous writing awards.

• Kerwin Berk is the founder of Ikeibi Films, a production company based in San Francisco that believes Asian Americans should tell their own stories in their own voices, using their own talent. He is a freelance writer and independent filmmaker, known for his films “The Virtues of Corned Beef Hash” (2010) and “Infinity and Chashu Ramen” (2012). In his previous life, Berk was a print journalist who worked at newspapers and wire services for almost 20 years.

• Kerry Yo Nakagawa is the associate producer of the award-winning independent film “American Pastime” (2007). In addition, he is an author, documentary filmmaker, and actor. His TV and film credits include “Hill Street Blues,” “Matlock,” “Marcus Welby M.D.,” and “1,000 Pieces of Gold,” as well as numerous Chuck Norris films. He is currently writing a gothic horror screenplay that he hopes to direct, produce, and star in.

Cost: Free with admission to the museum (non-members, $5; students and seniors over age 65, $3; JAMsj members and children under 12, free).

RSVP to [email protected] or call (408) 294-3138 to reserve a spot.

For more information on the museum, visit www.jamsj.org.

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