This was my tribute to Mako, who passed away in 2006. He wanted everyone to know that he did not want a big public memorial service, and so the community respected that. About a year later, during the Visual Communication Film Festival, I wanted to create a visual tribute to him, and so I appropriated all the film clips I could find from his career and created this cut.
Thanks to Jeff Adachi, since I just re-purposed the interview he did for his The Slanted Screen documentary, and I ended the cut with this rare performance of Mako singing My Way with John Cho's band during the VC 30th anniversary celebration. I had come up with the idea, and put Mako and John together, and they made it happen.
Short doc about the international gathering of Taiko performers for a conference held in Los Angeles back in 1999. I found a digibeta master and digitized it for posterity. At the time I was testing out my new Sony mini-DV cam, and used this footage to learn how to edit on FCP4 at the time. I was trying to capture conversations...not interviews.
Trailer for one of the best documentaries to come along in a long while. The film was produced and directed by Grace Lee (no relation) and edited by Kim Roberts. I was asked to cut the trailer, and deliver it within two weeks. It was a pleasure to work with such great material.