I started programming exhibitions of film in college. After getting a taste of film festival culture at the Hawai'i International Film Festival in 1988, I organizing events large and small ever since.
St. Olaf Film Program, president, 1985-1986.
University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television Film Retrospectives, coordinated screenings, 1987-1988.
Hawai’i International Film Festival, personal assistant to the director, 30 November-5 December 1988.
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, co-coordinated festival's overall planning, 6-11 October 1993. Visit
“Nichibei eigasen: Media Wars — Then & Now,” one of two programmers for a sidebar commemorating the 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor; included 45 films and 9 guests from America, Philippines and Japan, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, 5-10 October 1991.Visit
“Pearl Harbor: 50 Years Later,” co-programmed a sidebar featuring 15 films and 4 guests from America and Japan, Hawai'i International Film Festival, 1-7 December 1991.
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Co-coordinated festival's overall planning, 6-11 October 1993.Visit
“In Our Own Eyes — Indigenous Peoples' Film and Video Festival”, one of two programmers; included 27 works and symposiums with 29 guests representing Hopi (US), Cree (Canada), Maori (Aotearoa/New Zealand), Ainu Moshiri (Japan), Kayapo (Brazil), Okinawa (Japan), Puure (Australia), Hawai'i (US), and Qichua (Ecuador) nations; Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, 6-11 October 1993. Download Catalog
Megaron Txucamarrae, co-programmed lecture/screening about Kayapo Indian video activism by tribal leader, with Terry Turner (University of Chicago), University of Southern California, 20 October 1993.
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, co-coordinating festival's overall planning, 3-10 October 1995.Visit
“Den'ei nana henge: Seven Transfigurations in Electric Shadows,” one of two programmers for sidebar celebrating the centenary of cinema; included 65 works and 6 guests; includes symposiums, benshi performances and music accompaniment by small groups and a full orchestra; Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, 3-10 October 1995. Visit
The Films of Lee Myung-se—New Comedy from Korea, co-curator, University of Michigan, November 1998.
Harada Masato & Kamikaze Taxi, co-curator, University of Michigan, February 2001.
The Other Anime, co-curator for film series, University of Michigan, Fall 2003.
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, co-coordinated festival's overall planning with particular emphasis on Newsreel retrospective, 10-16 October 2003. Visit
Okada Mariko & Yoshida Kiju at UM, curator for book signing, film screening, and symposium on Ozu, University of Michigan, November 2003.
Three Films, co-curator for University of Michigan film series featuring discussions and lectures by Adachi Masao, Ueno Toshiya, Jonathan Hall and Christine Marran, Fall 2005.
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, co-coordinated festival's overall planning, 8-13 October 2005. Visit
Nippon Connection, co-curator for film series, University of Michigan, Fall 2006.
Matsumoto Toshio: Selected Short Films 1968-1987, co-curator of director’s visit, Ann Arbor Film Festival, 20-25 March 2007.
X-Treme Private Documentary: A Conversation with Kazuo Hara + Michael Moore, co-coordinator, University of Michigan, 11-12 May 2007. Download PosterDownload Report
Momoi in America, curator of Momoi Kaori visit, University of Michigan, November 28-December 1, 2007. Download Poster
Ann Arbor Film Festival, primarily selection, March 2008.
Yoshida Kiju and Okada Mariko retrospective, Harvard Film Archive, co-programming, Spring 2009.
Hara Kazuo and the Autobiographical Film, CCD Workstation, Beijing, China, May 2010. Download Poster
Hara Kazuo retrospective, Shanghai, China, May 2010.
Wang Bing retrospective, with visit by Wang Bing (visit canceled because of illness), University of Michigan and Ann Arbor Film Festival, Spring 2011.
City of Sadness, screening of 35mm restoration with lecture by Darrell Davis, Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, 29 November 2011.
Chinese Documentary Series, with visit by filmmaker J.P. Sniadecki and Libbie Cohn, University of Michigan, Winter 2012.
311 Anniversary Screening: Fukushima: Memories of a Lost Landscape, with visit by director Matsubayashi Yoju, University of Michigan/University of Chicago, 11 March 2012.
Bill T. Jones: A Good Man, with visit by Gordon Quinn, co-programmed with Stashu Kybartus, University of Michigan, 1 November 2012.
Artistic Residency of benshi Kataoka Ichiro, with Ozu silent film series, University of Michigan, Fall 2012.
King Hu Retrospective, with visit by Cheng Pei-pei, co-programmed with Sangjoon Lee, University of Michigan, Fall 2012.
Yunfest in Michigan, with visit by Yi Secheng, Mao Chenyu and Cong Feng, University of Michigan, Fall 2013.
The Social Protest Cinema of Ogawa Pro, with visit by Iizuka Toshio, University of Michigan, Fall 2013.
The Ethics Machine: Six Gazes of the Camera, four-day event with guests from Japan, China, Taiwan, USA, UK, Denmark, and Argentina, co-programmed with Fujioka Asako, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, 12-15 October 2013. Visit
The Fair Use Movement in America, with Gordon Quinn, John Junkerman and Yamagami Tetsujiro, Josai University, 18 October 2013.
Nuclear Nation, with Funahashi Atsushi, Aaron Gerow, Akira Lippitt, Kitano Keisuke, Hayashi Chiaki, Mark Roberts and Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano, co-programmed with Akira Lippitt and Aaron Gerow, Josai University, 18 July 20014.
Retrospective: Ogawa Productions—11 Flowers of Movement Cinema, with Wu Yii-feng, Akiyama Tamako, Hatanaka Hiroko, Taiwan Documentary Film Festival, 9-19 October 2014.
Most Beautiful: The War Films of Shirley Yamaguchi and Hara Setsuko, with Yomota Inuhiko, Darrell Davis, Japan Society of New York, 21 March-4 April 2015. Visit
Three Songs of “Exile”: Independent Chinese Filmmakers Far From Home, with Akiyama Tamako, Wang Wo, Ying Liang and Cui Zi’en, University of Michigan, 8 October-3 December 2016.Download Catalog
Page of Madness, screening with benshi Kataoka Ichiro and original score by Little Bang Theory, Ann Arbor Film Festival, 21 March 2017. Visit
“Axes of Dwelling: The Video Art of Yuan Goangming,” a film program and video installations, featuring visit by Yuan Goangming, Ann Arbor Film Festival, 21-26 March 2017. Visit
Matsumoto Toshio Tribute, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, 12-15 October 2017.
“Xu Bing: Origins of Creativity,” visit by Xu Bing with screening of Dragon Fly Eyes, co-programmed, University of Michigan, 6 October 2018. Visit
“Wada’s World: Wrestling with Existence,” visit by Wada Atsushi, Ann Arbor Film Festival, 30 March 2019. Visit
“Art of the Camera,” with visit by benshi Kataoka Ichiro (Covid-19 cancellation at the last minute), Center for Japanese Studies film series (Spring 2020).
“Imaging the Avant-garde: Taiwanese Film Experiments of the 1960s,” co-programmed with Wood Lin, Ann Arbor Film Festival, March 2020.