• Kenji Hayasaki

    Director/Producer

    Kenji Hayasaki was born and raised in Japan. He has moved to the U.S. as a teenager, growing up with strong influence by American cinema and culture.

     

    Since graduating from Tisch School of the Arts, Kenji has directed and produced numerous projects. Many of his works are screened in film festivals and highly recognized by industry professionals.

     

    Kenji has co-produced feature film “Out of My Hand”, which premiered in Berlinale, nominated at the Independent Spirit Awards, and distributed by Array.

     

    He is currently working on independent documentary film on Navajo people, and its short version "Forgotten People" has been selected by various film festivals.

     

     

  • 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

     

    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

    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

    Narrative Short

    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

     

    Forgotten People

    Documentary Short

    Director/Producer/Writer/ Editor: Kenji Hayasaki

    Sound Designer: Robert Lombardo

    Music: 4a Stables

     

    *Currently on the film festival run

     

  • Selected Producer Works

    Out of My Hand

    Associate Producer

    Narrative Feature

     

    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

     

    Tell Yo Papa

    Line Producer

    Music Video

     

    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 / Coord.

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

    •U.S. unit shoot for Japan-based bilingual productions.

     

    •Kenji has worked on hundreds of Japanese projects, ranging from high end commercials, industrial videos to TV documentaries.

     

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

  • Editor/Shooter/Visual Works

    Editor

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

    Live Videographer

    Visual Artist/ VJ

    • 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
    • Visual Samples
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