Talent Guide

Christopher Makoto Yogi

  • Discipline:Director, Writer
  • Program Year:Fast Track 2018


Christopher Makoto Yogi is from Honolulu, Hawai‘i. He is a Sundance Institute fellow and a Time Warner fellow. His debut feature film, August at Akiko’s, had its World Premiere at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam in 2018. Richard Brody in the New Yorker called it “transcendentally inventive” while Guy Lodge in the Guardian wrote it was a “beguiling Hawaiian reverie.” It will be distributed by Factory 25 in 2019. His next feature film in-development, I Was a Simple Man, participated in the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs, IFP Film Week, and received a Jerome Foundation grant. Chris’ short films include the experimental documentaries Occasionally, I Saw Glimpses of Hawai‘i and Makoto: or, Honesty, and the fiction film Obake (Ghosts). His 2009 film Layover, on the Shore, was awarded Best Hawaiian Short at the Big Island Film Festival. Chris is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA program. In 2009 he was a fellow in the Kyoto Filmmakers Lab, sponsored by Toei and Shochiku Studios and the Museum of Kyoto. In 2013, he participated in Visual Communications’ Armed with a Camera Fellowship.

Current Project

I Was A Simple Man


Like marionettes on a toy stage, the ghosts of an old man haunt the countryside in this tale of a Hawai‘i family facing the imminent death of their eldest.