Talent Guide

Dustin Nakao-Haider

  • Discipline:Director, Producer
  • Program Year:Documentary Lab 2016, Fast Track 2015, Fast Track 2023, Grants and Awards 2016


Dustin is a Japanese-Desi American filmmaker from Chicago and a two-time Emmy nominee. His newest work, Ethan Lim: Cambodian Futures [Firelight Media/American Masters] is the winner of the 2023 Gold Hugo for Best Short Documentary at the Chicago International Film Festival and the Loni Ding Award in Social Issue Documentary from CAAM. His feature-length debut, Shot in the Dark, was supported by the Sundance Institute, Film Independent, ESPN Films, Company 3, premiered on FOX, and was a New York Times Critics’ Pick.

Current Project



Before a Commander leaves Earth to lead a new era of spaceflight, his son asks him to explore the unresolved space between them.