Talent Guide

Ann Kaneko

  • Discipline:Director, Producer, Writer
  • Program Year:Documentary Lab 2020


Ann Kaneko (director/producer/writer) is known for her personal films that weave her intimate aesthetic with the complex intricacies of political reality. Kaneko poetically probes the intersection where power impacts the personal. Her films include A Flicker in Eternity, Against the Grain: An Artist’s Survival Guide to Perú, Overstay and 100% Human Hair. Kaneko is an Emmy Award winner and has been a Fulbright and Japan Foundation Artist Fellow. She graduated with an MFA in directing from UCLA. She teaches Media Studies at Pitzer College and is the artist mentor for Visual Communications’ Armed With a Camera Fellowship.

Current Project

Manzanar, Diverted


Manzanar, Diverted tells the story of intergenerational women from three communities fighting to preserve the land and water of Payahuunadü / the Owens Valley from the insatiable thirst of Los Angeles.