A 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, Kasumi is internationally celebrated as a leading innovator of a new art form synthesizing film, sound and video. She has won global acclaim for her experimental films and videoart in venues worldwide: from Lincoln Center with The New York Philharmonic to performances with Grandmaster Flash and DJ Spooky. She performed and exhibited work at Wurttembergischen Kunstverein Stuttgart and at the Chroma Festival de Arte Audiovisual in Guadalajara, Mexico, and her work, BREAKDOWN, the Vimeo Remix Award winner, premiered at Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra. She was commissioned to created a new work for the Cleveland Museum of Art that premiered July, 2011, was awarded an EMPAC Dance Movies Commission 2009-2010 by The Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts and has created videoart for performance with The Cleveland Orchestra. A 2011 Creative Workforce Fellowship recipient, Kasumi executive-produced AARDVARK, a feature film awarded “Critic’s Pick” in the “L.A. Weekly”, and screened at Reykjavik IFF, Warsaw IFF, the Viennale, Goteborg IFF, Thessaloniki IFF, BAFICI, AFI Fest , Las Palmas, Krakow, Copenhagen, and many others.
As a musician, she has twice been soloist at Carnegie Hall and has recorded four LP albums; in Japan, her soundtrack performance for OGINSAMA, starring Toshiro Mifune, was nominated for an Academy Award.
She received the Adriano Asti Award for Best Experimental Film at Montecacini, Italy; Director’s Citation at the Black Maria Film Festival; Seoul Film Festival’s Special Jury Award; IFP Chicago and Sapporo International Film Festival Best Experimental Film, and others. Her film “The Free Speech Zone,” cited in The Encyclopedia of Underground Movies, was featured at the Nemo Festival at the Forum des Images in Paris, the Milano Film Festival, Expresion en Corto, Mexico City, and the Sapporo International Short Film Festival where it won First Prize. Her work has been screened at festivals in Iran, the Slovak Republic, Turkey, Japan, Korea, Romania, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Holland, France, England, the US and Canada, and displayed at distinguished institutions including Muzeul Florean, Romania; Itau Cultural Center, Sao Paulo; The Butler Institute of American Art; The Museum of Fine Art, Houston; Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro; San Diego Museum of Art; Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires; Anthology Film Archives among others and has received the Adriano Asti Award for Best Experimental Film at Montecacini, Italy; Director’s and Program Staff Citation at the Black Maria Film Festival; the Seoul Film Festival’s Special Jury Award; IFP Chicago’s Best Experimental Film award and many others.