Guest Filmmaker Program

HIFF Guest Filmmaker Program (GFP)

Classroom Visits

(open to primary & secondary students on Oahu and Kauai)

Visiting filmmakers will help to enrich classes such as media production, journalism, language arts, foreign language and social studies. These visits will offer the logistical benefit of bringing speakers into classrooms rather than requiring field trips. Students will learn first-hand from successful professionals in the filmmaking/media industry. Teachers will be encouraged to plan activities that will involve students interacting with their guest speakers.

Filmmaker Dates and Availability

The filmmakers below are available for classroom visits on these dates, except where noted:
Oahu: Nov 3, 4 and 7 – 10, 2016 and
Kauai: Nov 17, 18, 2016.


GFP Signup Form – Oahu

GFP Signup Form – Kauai


2016 Guest Filmmakers

Jay Hubert

Splitting his time between the US and China, Hawaii-based filmmaker Jay Hubert began his professional career as a DP in China after studying in the prestigious cinematography department at Beijing Film Academy. He then worked as an assistant to top-tier Chinese cinematographer Wang Yu on numerous commercials and feature films for several years. More recently he has shot and/or directed a number of commercials, documentaries, and promos for clients such as Apple, Volkswagen, Peugeot, Intel, Lenovo, China Unicom, Bud Light, Vice, Nylon, and Xiaomi, while also working on several Chinese feature films. In 2013 he served as Director of Photography for Volkswagen Group China’s “People’s Car Project – Building the Car Series”, a 10-episode web series awarded a Gold Lion at Cannes Lions. Over the course of the past dozen years, Hubert has written and directed over two dozen short films, many of which have screened and won awards at international film festivals. Hubert currently serves as the Media Center Director at the University of Hawaii’s Academy for Creative Media. He is fluent in Mandarin and Japanese, and conversant in Cantonese and Korean.

Jay is available for visits on Oahu.
Jay is available for visits on Kauai November 18th only.

Christopher Yogi

Christopher Makoto Yogi is a writer, director, and editor born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. He is a Sundance Institute/Time Warner Fellow and a Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Lab fellow. Yogi is also an IFP fellow and a Jerome Foundation grant recipient. As a director, Yogi’s films have screened worldwide with screenings at the Palm Springs International ShortsFest, Raindance Film Festival, the Hawai‘i International Film Festival, and numerous other festivals. As a documentary editor, films he has edited have been nominated for a Daytime Emmy, a GLAAD award, and awarded a Student Academy Award. He is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA program. In addition, he has participated in Visual Communications’ Armed with a Camera fellowship and the Kyoto Filmmakers Lab, sponsored by Toei and Shochiku Studios and the Museum of Kyoto.

Christopher is available for visits on Oahu.
Christopher is available for visits on Kauai November 17th only.


Tadashi Nakamura

Tadashi Nakamura_Photo by Photo by Rahoul GhoseTadashi Nakamura was named one of CNN’s “Young People Who Rock” for being the youngest filmmaker at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival as well as one of the “30 Most Influential Asian Americans Under 30” by the popular website Angry Asian Man.  The fourth generation Japanese American recently completed Mele Murals, a documentary on the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancient Hawaiian culture for a new generation of Native Hawaiians. His last film Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings was broadcasted nationally on PBS in May, 2013. The film went on to win the 2013 Gotham Independent Film Audience Award, beating out 12 Years a Slave and Fruitvale Station.

Nakamura’s trilogy of documentary films on the Japanese American experience, Yellow Brotherhood (2003), Pilgrimage (2007) and A Song for Ourselves (2009) have garnered over 20 awards at film festivals around the world.  Nakamura has a M.A. in Social Documentation from UC Santa Cruz, a B.A. in Asian American Studies from UCLA where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Tadashi is available for visits on Oahu the afternoon of November 4th and November 7th.

Keoni Lee

keoni_headshot_crop_400x400Keoni Lee, in 2009, co-founded the first Native Hawaiian television station, ʻŌiwi TV in Honolulu, Hawaiʻ i. ʻŌiwi TV has since produced the largest collection of Hawaiian language television programming and has gained a reputation in the Hawaiian and native television community for authentic and high-quality productions. Keoni has a business background and M.B.A. but found his calling in production because he realized the power media has in reshaping the narratives of identity as Native Hawaiians. He has produced numerous series and programs for ʻŌiwi TV as well as documentaries for PBS national broadcast.

Keoni is available for visits on Oahu November 3rd and 4th. 

Anne Misawa

Anne Misawa grew up in Hawaii. Having graduated from University of Southern California’s Graduate Film and Television Program, Anne Misawa has worked internationally in various aspects of film production. Her primary work is as a Director and as a Cinematographer.

Directorial credits include–
WAKING MELE, (Sundance Film Festival, 2000), and EDEN’S CURVE, (Emerging Film Best Feature Award, NCGLFF, 2003). Anne teaches cinematic production at the Academy for Creative Media, University of Hawai’i where she produced & directed the feature length documentary, STATE OF ALOHA, which has garnered various awards.

Her work as cinematographer include many award-winning films — MARGARITA, WITH A STRAW, JACK & DIANE, TREELESS MOUNTAIN, TIME OUT, SALT, and LIV.

Anne is available for school visits on Oahu only.

Brian Watanabe

NonStop Honolulu HeadshotsBrian Watanabe is the screenwriter of THE ROGUES GALLERY, which became the cult film OPERATION: ENDGAME, starring Maggie Q and Zach Galifianakis. He also wrote MAISA THE CHAMORU GIRL WHO SAVES GUAHAN, Guam’s first animated film, which screens at this year’s HIFF. Brian has developed scripts for production companies at Fox and Sony and teaches screenwriting at UH’s Pacific New Media Program. Brian is also an award winning advertising copywriter and film blogger for

Brian is available for school visits on Oahu only.

Nicole Rocklin

Nicole Rocklin, Partner & Co-Founder of Rocklin Faust, is an Oscar winning producer of “Spotlight” (directed by Tom McCarthy starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci) and has been named as one of Variety’s Top 10 Producers to Watch.  Nicole is a member of the Producers Guild of America and her other producing credits include “The Perfect Guy” (directed by Dave Rosenthal starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut) and “Middle of Nowhere” (directed by John Stockwell starring Anton Yelchin, Eva Amurri, Justin Chatwin, Willa Holland and Susan Sarandon).  Prior to forming Rocklin | Faust, Nicole had an overall deal at Alcon Entertainment with her company, Rocklin Entertainment.  She started her entertainment career as an assistant at Jerry Bruckheimer Films and at an entertainment law firm and graduated with honors with a B.A. in History and African American Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Nicole is available for school visits on Oahu only.

Tobias Reeuwijk

tobias-reeuwijk-portrait-crWriter, director and producer Tobias Arend Tze-Hao Reeuwijk was born in Hong Kong and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He spent a large part of his childhood borrowing the family’s home video camera, eventually pursuing visual storytelling professionally. Working as a Video Producer at the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong gave him the flexibility to explore all aspects of documentary filmmaking and hone his reporting skills. In 2008, he met a group Bhutanese monks at the Honolulu Academy of Arts who had dedicated their lives to saving their sacred meditation scrolls. This serendipitous encounter sparked a newfound love for Buddhist art, later inspiring Reeuwijk to convey the monks’ story to a broader audience. He left the Wall Street Journal to start an independent production company (Reflex Productions) and to undertake his first feature length documentary, “1000 Hands of the Guru: Saving Bhutan’s sacred Arts.”

Tobias is available for school visits on Oahu only.