|Producers||Sarah S. Kim|
The ghosts of the past haunt the countryside in this tale of a Hawai‘i family facing the imminent death of their eldest.
About The Team
Christopher Makoto Yogi (Director) is an artist and filmmaker from Honolulu, Hawai‘i. His debut feature film as director, 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 called it “transcendently inventive” while Guy Lodge in The Guardian wrote it was a “beguiling Hawaiian reverie.” It is distributed by Factory 25. I Was a Simple Man is his upcoming feature film, currently in post-production. It participated in the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs, IFP Film Week, Film Independent’s Fast Track, and received a Jerome Foundation grant in addition to this Cinereach grant. Chris’ short films include the documentaries Occasionally, I Saw Glimpses of Hawai‘i and Makoto: or, Honesty, and the fiction film Obake (Ghosts). Chris is a Berlinale Talents, Time Warner, and New York Film Festival Artist Academy fellow.
Sarah S. Kim (Producer) is a creative producer originally from Busan, South Korea and currently based in New York. 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 released by Factory25. She’s currently in post on the feature film I Was a Simple Man which has been supported by the Sundance Labs and Sundance Catalyst, IFP, Film Independent and the Jerome Foundation. She’s 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 also co-founded the distribution initiative Sentient Art Film.
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.