Kimi Takesue is an award-winning filmmaker working in documentary, experimental and narrative genres. Her most recent feature documentary “95 and 6 to Go” (2016), a creative portrait of her Japanese-American grandfather in Hawai’i, was nominated for the prestigious 2017 European Doc Alliance Award and screened at over twenty-five international film festivals, including DOC NYC, CPH:DOX, and Dok Leipzig. The film won the Special Jury Prize for Best Documentary Film at Indie Memphis, the Austin Asian American Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific International Film Festival.
Takesue’s critically acclaimed Ugandan feature-length documentary “Where Are You Taking Me?” (2010) was commissioned by the Rotterdam International Film Festival and premiered at the festival, followed by screenings at the Museum of Modern Art –NYC and the Los Angeles Film Festival, among others. “Where Are You Taking Me?” was theatrically released by Icarus Films, was a Critics’ Pick by Time Out-New York and LA Weekly and was described by the New York Times as, “Fascinating…an unusual, visually rich visit to the nation.”
Takesue’s fiction short “That Which Once Was” was commissioned by ITVS (Independent Television Service) as part of the FutureStates Series and explored the plight of environmental refugees. The film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and was awarded the ITVS FutureStates Audience Award as well as Best Short at the Barcelona International Environmental Film Festival. Takesue’s films have aired on PBS, IFC, Comcast, and the Sundance Channel and have received positive reviews from The New York Times, Variety, Wall Street Journal, Village Voice, Christian Science Monitor and The Nation. She is a six-time fellow at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. Takesue is an Associate Professor in the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media at Rutgers University-Newark.
Films by Kimi Takesue
A resilient Japanese-American senior in Hawai’i unexpectedly collaborates with his granddaughter on her stalled romantic screenplay, inspiring him to reflect on his life of love, loss, and perseverance. Humorous and poignant, the film prompts discussions on aging, identity, creativity, and inter-generational relationships.