Yoko Okumura is an award winning writer, director, producer and performer. Born in a Buddhist temple in Japan and raised in the frost bite of Minneapolis, Yoko now lives and works under the blazing sun of Los Angeles.
She has written and directed numerous narrative short films, is attached to several feature films as director and has writes pilots and features.
Her short, Kimi Kabuki, received a DGA Student Film Award, the Panavision New Filmmakers Award and an Austin Film Festival Jury Award.
Yoko’s feature film project The Religion of Girlfriends, was accepted into the Women In Film/Sundance Institute Financing Intensive and was rated in the top 10% at the Nicholl's Academy Screenwriting Competition. She was a semi-finalist for the HBO Access Directing Fellowship and a finalist for the FOX Writing Program.
Her directing clients have included Lifetime/A&E's scripted digital series Fall Into Me, Super Deluxe’s Turnt Beauty series and Uproxxx Uncharted series.
Yoko is also co-creator of digital series FACETS, a documentary episodic about trailblazing women who have carved unique life paths for themselves. Her various doc work hs been selected for the Vimeo Staff Pick three times.
As a producer she's created numerous music videos and short films and also associate produced the Katie Couric documentary Fed Up which premiered at Sundance 2014 as well as the Silverdocs 2012 Best Feature winning documentary Only The Young.
Yoko has a BFA in Film/Video from CALARTS and an MFA in Film Directing from AFI.
When not working in media arts Yoko dabbles in fire dancing, aerial arts and would love to learn how to do a backflip.