Based out of Cleveland, Ohio, Matthew Hashiguchi is an award winning documentary filmmaker and multimedia journalist whose work focuses on the diverse cultural, social and ethnic stories of American society. His most recent films, People Aren’t All Bad and The Lower 9: A Story of Home, have screened at the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Heartland Film Festival, Big Muddy Film Festival and have been honored with a Gold Circle Award from The Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors Foundation, Best Short Documentary Award from the Asian’s on Film Festival and an Honorable Mention for Best Ohio Documentary from the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival. The Lower 9: A Story of Home is currently distributed through Third World Newsreel.
After graduating from The Ohio State University in 2007, where he studied photojournalism, Hashiguchi worked and interned as a multimedia journalist for various news outlets such as The Lima News, The Findlay Courier and The Washington Post. In 2011, after graduating from Emerson College with an MFA in Visual & Media Art, Hashiguchi transitioned from journalism to the world of documentary filmmaking. Currently, Matthew teaches Digital Media at Virginia Marti College of Art in Lakewood, Ohio, and is filming Good Luck Soup, a documentary about one Japanese American Grandmother and her role as the family matriarch. The film was invited to the American Documentary Film Fund Pitch Session in 2012.
Matthew Hashiguchi’s visual stories have been exhibited in the White House, Time.com, WashingtonPost.com, NYTimes.com, Hulu.com, Philips de Pury & Company NYC and in various other outlets that span the globe. He combines his experience as a journalist with his understanding of image, sound and pacing to tell a compelling and contemplative story.