Independent filmmaker Ann Kaneko is known for her personal films that weave her poetic aesthetic with the complex intricacies of political reality. Often involving subjects in other parts of the world, Kaneko probes the intersection where power impacts the personal. Her films have screened internationally and domestically at numerous festivals and have been broadcast on PBS. She has been commissioned to produce media installations for the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Endowment and the Skirball Cultural Center.
Her films include A Flicker in Eternity, based on the diary and letters of Stanley Hayami, a Japanese American teenager who was incarcerated and killed in battle during World War II; Against the Grain: An Artist’s Survival Guide to Perú, which highlights the life and work of four inspiring Peruvian political artists under the stormy regime of ex-President Alberto Fujimori; Overstay, about foreign migrant workers in Japan, and 100% Human Hair, a zany musical set in a Korean-owned Los Angeles wig shop, made for the performers and choreographers also have been presented at the Getty Center, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) and the Highways Performance Space.
Fluent in Japanese and Spanish, Kaneko has been a Fulbright and Japan Foundation Artist fellow and funded by the Hoso Bunka Foundation and the Center for Cultural Innovation. She graduated with an MFA in film directing from UCLA and taught Media Studies at Pitzer College. For the last eight cycles, she has been the artist mentor for Visual Communications’ Armed with a Camera Fellowship, a program for emerging Asian Pacific filmmakers.