Yoko Okumura (she/her) is a genre-fluid writer and director who thrives in the intersection of grit and glamour.
Born in a Buddhist temple in Japan and raised in the frostbite of Minneapolis, she is obsessed with telling rebellious stories through underrepresented perspectives.
She directed the feature thriller Unseen for Blumhouse/Paramount which is streaming on Amazon Prime, and her episode Ball of Twine for the horror anthology Sam Raimi's 50 States of Fright is streaming as a Roku Original. Yoko has also directed numerous one-hour episodes for Freeform.
She is a sponsored director under the Women In Film + Sundance Reframe Rise Program. She has also participated in top directing initiatives such as the Warner Brothers Directing Workshop, Ryan Murphy Half Initiative, and the Fox Directing Program. Her films have won numerous accolades including a DGA Award, a Webby and an Austin Film Festival Jury Award.
Yoko also participated the WIF/Sundance Institute Financing Intensive, was awarded the Vimeo Small Business Grant. Her various doc work has been selected for the Vimeo Staff Pick numerous times.
Yoko has a BFA from CalArts and an MFA from the AFI, and lives and works in Los Angeles.
When not working in media arts Yoko dabbles in fire dancing, aerial arts and would love to learn how to do a backflip.