Yuriko Gamo Romer’s film “Occidental Encounters” won numerous awards at film
festivals internationally, among them a Student Academy Award, The Jimmy Stewart
Memorial Crystal Heart Award and a Silver Apple. She recently completed "Friend
Ships” a short historical animation about John Manjiro, the inadvertent Japanese
immigrant rescued by an American whaling captain. Romer has also directed, produced
and edited "Dancing with God", was a producer for “Virtuoso: the Olga Samaroff
Stokowski story” and was an editor for "On Common Ground: The Life of Howard
Thurman." Her short films, which have screened at numerous film festivals, include
“Reflection”, “Kids will be Kids”, “Sunnyside of the Slope”, and “Fusion”.
Romer is Japanese American, born in Japan and raised in the United States, she is
bilingual. She holds a master’s degree in documentary filmmaking from Stanford
University, a BFA from UCLA, a brown belt from World Oyama Karate and lives in San Francisco with her husband and 12 year-old son.