Justin Kaminuma is a Japanese-American filmmaker whose personal work explores film as a meditative medium through diaristic and experimental techniques, while his commissioned work seeks to apply these processes through a broader collaborative approach. He explores themes of childhood and coming of age with dream-like and nostalgic visuals.

His work has been screened at the 36th Virginia Film Festival (Winner - Audience Award - Best Narrative Short), BFI Future Film Festival (Winner - Best International), 26th Maine International Film Festival, National Film Festival for Talented Youth (Jury Nomination - Best Experimental), Yale University, and Scout Film Festival (Winner - Best Drama).

Commissions include work for artists such as Vance Joy, Montell Fish, bbno$, Snakehips, and Shallou.

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Education
Emory University
B.A Film & Media Studies
Summa Cum Laude

Personal/Narrative
2024 - The Last Thing I Think I Saw - Short Film, 14:52
2023 - Feelings From Your Past - Personal, 2:16
2023 - Dreams of Home - Short Film, 4:25
2021 - Moments In Between - Personal, 2:00
2020 - Finding Summer - Personal, 2:11
2019 - A Happy Montage, While Life Falls Apart - Personal,1:26
2018 - Moments of Lonely - Personal, 2:04

Commission
2024 - Flawed Mangoes - Visualizers
2023 - Flawed Mangoes ‘Killswitch Melodies’ - Artwork, Music Video, Visualizers 
   Director, Editor, Designer
2023 - bbno$, MAX, MILLI, Party Pupils ‘Girlfriend’
    CRT
2023 - fraen, Scrufizzer ‘no one but me’ - Artwork
   Designer
2023 - Snakehips, Daya, EARTHGANG ‘Sometimes..’ - Music Video
   Director, Editor
2023 - Snakehips, BIA, Lucky Daye ‘Solitude’ - Visualizer
   Director, Editor
2022 - Genevieve Stokes ‘Habits’ - Music Video
  Cinematographer, Editor, Colorist
2022 - Vance Joy ‘In Our Own Sweet Time’ - Album Lyric Videos
   Director, Cinematographer, Editor
2022 - Vance Joy ‘Don’t Fade’ - Lyric Video, Artwork
   Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Designer
2021 - Montell Fish ‘Natural High’ - Music Video
   Cinematographer, Editor
2021 - Arden Jones ‘Carsick’ - Music Video
  Director, Cinematographer, Editor
2021 - Flawed Mangoes ‘2AM’ - Music Video, Visualizers, Artworks
   Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Designer
2021 - Phil From Havéa ‘199X’ - Music Video
   Director, Editor 
2020 - Flawed Mangoes ‘Nothing Good Will Come Of This’ - Music Video, Artworks
   Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Designer
2020 - dj poolboi ‘don’t be so hard on yourself’ - Music Video
   Director, Editor
2020 - Fully Bold ‘Life Needs Haircut’ - Music Video, Artworks
   Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Designer
2017 - Shallou ‘All Becomes Okay’ - Music Videos
   Director, Cinematographer, Editor


2021 | ICA Boston x Scout Film Festival - ‘Artists on the Cusp’ - Interview
2024 | BFI SCENE - BFI Film Academy ‘Dreams of Home’ - Interview


Contact
j@alumni.emory.edu

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