Nao Nakazawa, born in Nagano, Japan in 1977, has been interested in the art of film making since his youth. As a teenager, he set his goal to study film in the US and produce movies of his own. He moved to California in 1996 and earned bachelor’s degree in film and digital media from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2001. For eleven years after the graduation, Nao worked for video and television productions around San Francisco Bay Area. Currently Nao studies, teaches and produces films at San Francisco State University for master’s in fine arts.
Selected Filmography: The Birth of California Shamisen (2005), Portraits of Oakland (2008), Vignettes in the Mist (2009), Bolon (2010), Merzbau: A Portrait of Kurt Schwitters (2011)