FROG CATCHER

narrative, 20min, 2019

In 1863, a “cross-dressing” law was passed in Northern California. The law prohibited a person from appearing in “a dress not belonging to his or her sex.”

awards/grants/recognition

Hollywood Foreign Press Association Directing Fellowship
Caucus Foundation Grant
Panavision New Filmmaker Grant
Roy W. Dean Grant Summer 2019 Hot Film in the Making

STRINGS

narrative, 17min, 2018

When a high school teacher reaches out to her troubled new student through music, their relationship takes an unexpected turn.

awards/grants

Jack Nicholson Distinguished Student Director Award
National Association of Theatre Owners of California/Nevada Fellowship in Film






LOVE STORY OF A COOK

narrative, web series concept, 2017

An ambitious chef applies for a job to recreate a memory for a company executive by cooking from recipes that are left in her possession.

cast Beth Lane, Dane Oliver, Mitch Bradford

director/writer Reina Higashitani

cinematographer Lesley Elizondo

VETERANS DAY

narrative, 8min, 2016

An elderly WWII veteran gets invited to speak at an elementary school, but his past doesn’t leave him alone.

cast Larry Lederman, Matthew Ryan Michaels, Sionne Elise Tollefsrud, Jayeden Eastaugh, Hajime Araki, Faith Stafford, Allyssa Bainbridge

director/writer Reina Higashitani

 

scholarship

Linda and Jay Sandrich Scholarship

SHALL WE SING?

documentary, 57min, 2006

A group of Japanese businessmen living in New York bound by their love for singing.

director/camera Reina Higashitani

editor Naomi Mizoguchi

broadcast

PBS (USA) and KTV (Japan)

festivals/awards

Tokyo Video Festival’s Excellence Award and People’s Award

Connecticut Film Festival Audience Award

Montreal International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA)

Hong Kong Asian Film Festival

Little Rock Film Festival

Boulder Asian Film Festival

Japan Society New York Japan Cuts Festival