• Kenji Hayasaki

    Filmmaker

  • "Kenji’s work is articulate and minimalist and speaks to the outsider with a silent wink and a nod." - Kelly Reichardt

    Born and raised in Saitama, Japan and having grown up with American cinema, music, and literature, I then took off to live in the U.S. at the age of 16.

     

    Since graduating from Tisch School of the Arts, I have directed and produced numerous projects, some of which were screened in film festivals and highly recognized by industry professionals.

     

    While I maintain creative independence as a filmmaker, I've worked on hundreds of professional film and video projects as a key production personnel.

     

    Most recently, I co-produced a feature film “Out of My Hand”, which premiered in Berlin International Film Festival and nominated at the Independent Spirit Awards. It's now available on iTunes and Netflix.

     

    Many of the projects I work on come from my home country Japan, which I produce and direct for, collaborating with U.S. local crew and talents.

    Screenings

    "His film tells a simple yet vivid tale, based on trust in the power of cinema" - Jean Michelle Frodon (Cahier du Cinema Chief Editor) at Con-Can Movie Festival

    <Nominated Film Fesitival: Producer>

    Berlin International Film Festival/Panorama (Berlin, Germany)

    LA Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA) * Grand Jury Awards Winner

    Independent Spirit Awards /John Casavettes Award

    Montreal World Film Festival (Montreal, Canada)

    Raindance Film Festival (London, UK)

    Japan Cuts (New York, NY)

    Stockholm Film Festival / Sporlight Section (Stockholm, Norway)

    New Orleans Film Festival (New Orleans, LA) +more

    Complete list of film festivals

     

    <Nominated Film Festivals: Director>

    European Media Art Festival (Osnabruck, Germany)

    Rome Independent Film Festival (Rome, Italy)

    UTB Hollywood's Picture Battle (Cable TV, CA)

    Queens International Film Festival (Queens, NY)

    WorldFest Houston *Remy Award Winner (Houston, TX)

    FEST New Directors New Films Festival (Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal)

    Toho Cinemas Student Film Festival (Osaka, Japan)

    Con-Can Movie Festival (Internet, Japan)

    First Run Film Festival (New York, NY)

     

    <Gallery Screenings: Director>

    HPGRP Gallery (New York, NY)

    Cave Gallery (Brooklyn, NY)

    Hun Gallery (New York, NY)

     

  • Selected Director Works

    Ol' Fren

    Music Video

    Artist: Oyasaba

    Label: The Flatbush Sound

     

    Director/Producer/Editor: Kenji Hayasaki

    Director of Photography: Bob Geile

    Cast: Rhasaan Oyasaba Manning /Daiichiro Yuyama

     

    Festival: European Media Art Festival (Osnabruck, Germany)

    Oh When My Lady Comes

    Music Video

    Artist: Micah Gaugh Trio

    Label: African Tape

     

    Director/Producer/Editor: Kenji Hayasaki

    Director of Photography: Mira Steinzor

    Hair and Make-up: Kimiyuki Misawa

    Cast: Micah Gaugh/ Lorrain Rigan

    Cyborgata

    Music Video

    Artist: Ari Why

    Label: BNS Sessions

     

    Director/Producer: Kenji Hayasaki

    Director of Photography: Jun Oshima

    Hair and Make-up: Tsuyoshi Watanabe/ Hiroe Goto

    Editor: Takeshi Fukunaga

    Cast: Diogo De Lima/ Ana Lucia Souza

    Cycle Mode International 2016

    TV/ Web Commercial

    Client: Cycle Mode International/TV Osaka

     

    Director/Producer/Editor: Kenji Hayasaki

    Director of Photography: Owen Donovan

     

    Sprush

    Web Commercial

    Client: BluSand

     

    Director/Producer/Editor: Kenji Hayasaki

    Director of Photography: Bob Geile

    Hair and Make-Up: Gina Marie Picciotto

    Navigator: Elena Koshivaki-Hasbun

     

    Other Videos created for BluSand

     

    Brain Bug

    Short Film

    Year: 2009

     

    Director/Producer/Writer/ Editor: Kenji Hayasaki

    Co-Producer: Rei Hayashi

    Director of Photography: Ryo Murakami

    Sound Designer: Daniel Schlett

    Cast: Christopher Hollowell, Jamahl Garrison-Lowe, Philip Stark, Sumire Taya, Carly Tryens

     

    Festival: Rome Independent Film Festival / Queens International Film Festival /

    UTB Picture Battle

    Life

    Short Film

    Year: 2005

     

    Director/Producer/Writer/Editor: Kenji Hayasaki

    Co-Producer: Zhiying Lu

    Director of Photography: Jonathan Yi

    Cast: Daniel Dzula, Mia Procida, Zachary Gossett

     

    Festival: Toho Cinemas Student Film Festival, Con-Can Internet Movie Festival, First Run Film Festival

  • Selected Producer Works

    Out of My Hand

    Associate Producer

    Feature Film

    Year: 2015

    www.outofmyhand.com

     

    Director/Writer: Takeshi Fukunaga

    Producer/Writer: Donari Braxton

    Producer: Mike Fox

    Director of Photography: Ryo Murakami & Owen Donovan

    Editor: Takeshi Fukunaga & Eugene Yi

    Cast: Bishop Blay, Zenobia Taylor, Duke Murphy Dennis, Rodney Rogers Beckley

     

    <Nominated Film Fesitval>

    Berlin International Film Festival/Panorama (Berlin, Germany)

    LA Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA) * Grand Jury Awards Winner

    Independent Spirit Awards /John Casavettes Award

    Montreal World Film Festival (Montreal, Canada)

    Raindance Film Festival (London, UK)

    Japan Cuts (New York, NY)

    Stockholm Film Festival / Sporlight Section (Stockholm, Norway)

    New Orleans Film Festival (New Orleans, LA) +more

    Complete list of film festivals

    Tell Yo Papa

    Line Producer

    Music Video

    www.billboard.com/articles/news/1496488/ife-reps-for-detroit-in-tell-yo-papa-video-premiere

     

    Artist: IFÉ

    Director/Editor: Amy Leonard

    Director of Photography: Kevin Hayden

    Art Director: TV Alexander

    Hair: Marco Testa

    Make Up: Chad Maxwell

    Japanese Productions

    U.S. Line Producer/ Field Producer / UPM / Production Coordinator

    *Demo reel is password protected due to copyright policy in Japan. Please contact me to view.

    •As a native of Japan, I've worked on numerous bilingual productions as a key personnel, from high end commercials to TV documentaries that have needs to be filmed in the U.S.

     

    I also often direct the U.S. unit shoot on behalf of the directors who are in Japan and cannot leave for various reasons.

     

    •List of Clients include: Hakuhodo, Dentsu, NHK, Fuji TV, Nippon TV, TBS, WOWOW, Sony Music, Avex among many others

  • Editor/Shooter/Visual Works

    Editor

    Edit most of my own directed works and sometimes for others' in need

    • Japan Day at Central Park (partial)
    • NY Streets (NHK documentary series: 1 episode)
    • CAN: Conscious Action Network (partial)
    • National Jazz Museum in Harlem
    • Anonymous Company/ Individual Demo Reels

    Live Videographer

    Point and shoot

    • Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble 
    • Bebel Gilberto (Recording)
    • Citizen Cope (B-roll)
    • Gruff Rhys (Interview/B-Cam)
    • Kenny Muhammad
    • Kenny Scharf (Live Painting/B-roll time lapse)
    • Hironori Momoi
    • Miila and Geeks (B-Cam)
    • New House
    • Peelander-Z (Archival Footage provided for feature Mad Tiger )
    • Pharoahe Monch
    • Rakim
    • The Soundscapes

    Visual Artist/ VJ

    Provide visuals for the events to enhance the joy

    • Space Playground @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
    • Benefit for the Monmouth County Women’s Shelter @ Asbury Lanes
    • Benefit the Brazil Child Health Organization @ Don Pedro’s
    • The Ricecookers Japan Live Tour @ Shibuya LaMama and other venues
    • Brooklyn Wildlife Summer Festival @ PaperBox
    • Japanese Invasion @ Monkeytown
    • BNS Sessions Record Release Party @ Vanishing Point
    • KibaFest @Cinemart Space 17                          

    Pre-edited Visual Samples

  • Contact

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