People Aren’t All Bad

In this short documentary, 88-year-old Yutaka Kobayashi shares his struggles as a Japanese American before and leading up to the World War II Japanese American Internment Camps. Surprisingly, it was during this dark period that he experienced compassion and kindness from where he least expected it, a gun tower guard from within the Topaz Internment Camp.
Directed by: Matthew Hashiguchi
Official Selection American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Smithsonian Magazine In Motion Video Contest
Official Selection Big Bear International Film Festival
Official Selection Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival
Official Selection Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
Official Selection Seattle Asian American Film Festival
Official Selection Boston Asian American Film Festival
Official Selection Milwaukee Short Film Festival
Official Selection Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

Brazil-Degree One

Lockdown in Watertown

On April 19, 2013, Watertown, Massachusetts, was locked down following an early morning shootout with Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Throughout the day, law enforcement officers scoured the neighborhood in search of Dzhokhar, while residents of the area were confined to the safety of their own homes. The images of professional photographer and Watertown resident Joshua Touster reveal the experience of being locked down in Watertown on April 19, 2013, four days after the Boston Marathon bombings.
All photographs by Joshua Touster
Directed by Matthew Hashiguchi and Billy Wirasnik
Edited by Beth Balaban
Sound design and music composition by Billy Wirasnik

The Lower 9: A Story of Home

The Lower 9: A Story of Home is a short documentary showcasing four determined Lower-Ninth-Ward residents who share their most intimate stories of home, as they resume their lives nearly seven years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged their neighborhood. The individual’s stories find voice in a narrative that intersperses contemporary interviews, abstract cinematography of destruction, and powerful scenes of present-day lives.
Directed by: Matthew Hashiguchi
Produced by: Matthew Hashiguchi, Elaine McMillion
Run Time: 21-minute documentary
Premiered at The Big Muddy Film Festival in 2011
Best Short Documentary Asians on Film Festival Spring 2012
Honorable Mention Best Ohio Documentary 2012 Chagrin Documentary Film Festival
Official Selection 2012 Louisville International Festival of Film
Official Selection 2012 Heartland Film Festival
Official Selection 2013 Cleveland International Film Festival
Official Selection 2013 Thin Line Film Festival
Received a post-production grant from The Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors Foundation
Received 2nd Place Gold Circle Award from The Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors Foundation
Slated for distribution through Third World Newsreel

Browns Bus: Cleveland Heights Chapter

Cleveland native Bucky Spoth expressed his passion for the Cleveland Browns by purchasing a mini-school bus, which was transformed into a Cleveland Browns Bus. Every Cleveland Browns home game, Spoth and his Cleveland Heights based crew drive to the Municipal Parking Lot next to Cleveland Browns Stadium, where they tail gate with to tail gate with thousands of other dedicated Cleveland Browns fans.
Programmed into the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s Shorts Program in Boston, MA.

The Greatest Bar

In an environment that sometimes controls you, Joshua Carl Hall reveals it is he who is in control as a Boston night club DJ. Hall reveals his inner thoughts and role as he manages the mood, atmosphere and music of Boston night life.

Participatory Chinatown

Participatory Chinatown is a 3-D immersive game designed to be part of the master planning process for Boston’s Chinatown. Players assume the role of one of 15 virtual residents and work to complete their assigned quest – finding a job, housing, or place to socialize.
Nathaniel Hansen and I were asked to create this short doc for a presentation to Boston’s City Council and for The White House.
The development was funded by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation.

Row 6 World Storytelling Shoot:

A Firefighter’s Story

On September 18, 1998, Michael Minger died in a dorm fire on the campus of Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. Johnnie Yarbrough, who had been with the Murray Fire Department for a year, was the fire fighter who first found Michael laying unconscious on the floor of his Hester Hall dormitory.

The Michael H. Minger Memorial Foundation Mission Statement

A mission statement video for The Michael H. Minger Memorial Foundation, which was started by Gail Minger after her son, Michael, tragically died in a college dorm room fire. The Foundation’s goal is to create awareness and legislation in support of fire safety and prevention.

Virginia Marti College of Art & Design: Interior Design Program

A short video on the Virginia Marti College of Art & Design Interior Design Program. I was hired to produce one video on each of the six departments at the Lakewood, Ohio, based college.

NCSY: New England

An 8-minute short documentary Rachel Rynderman and I created for the New England chapter of National Conference of Synagogue Youth. Through interviews and observation the film reveals the purpose and impact of NCSY on Jewish teenagers, who become involved in NCSY to connect more with their Jewish heritage.

Learning To Lead

In order to become United States Marine Corps Officers, men and women spend a minimum of ten weeks at Officer Candidates School in Quantico, Virginia, where they are trained, evaluated and screened to ensure they possess the qualities needed to lead in the United States Armed Forces. With the United States fighting wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq, enrollment at OCS during the summer of 2009 was the second largest class size since the Vietnam War.
-Produced for The Washington Post. Also included on’s Military Network.