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Independent filmmaker Ann Kaneko is known for her personal films that weave her intimate aesthetic with the complex intricacies of political reality. Often involving subjects in other parts of the world, Kaneko poetically 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.
Kaneko's films include A Flicker in Eternity, based on the diary and letters of 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 four inspiring Peruvian political artists under ex-President Alberto Fujimori; Overstay, about foreign migrant workers in Japan; and 100% Human Hair, a zany musical set in a Korean-owned L.A. wig shop, made for the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women. Her collaborations with performers and choreographers also have been presented at the Getty Center, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), and the Highways Performance Space.
She is currently in production on Manzanar, Diverted, an environmental documentary that connects indigenous struggles over settler colonialism and the fight for water with this concentration camp. She was recently awarded a 2017 National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant.
Fluent in Japanese and Spanish, Kaneko has been a Fulbright and Japan Foundation Artist fellow. She has been funded by the Hoso Bunka Foundation and the Center for Cultural Innovation. She graduated with an MFA in film directing from UCLA and has taught Media Studies at Pitzer College. Since 2008, she has been the artist mentor for Visual Communications' Armed with a Camera Fellowship for emerging Asian Pacific filmmakers.