Christopher Makoto Yogi is from Honolulu, Hawai‘i. He is a Sundance Institute and Time Warner Fellow currently in development on his first feature, "I Was a Simple Man," which participated in the 2015 Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs. He is also an IFP fellow, and a Jerome Foundation artist grant recipient. Chris' most recent film was a short documentary on the death of his father, "Makoto: or, Honesty." His previous film, "Obake" (Ghosts), screened worldwide with screenings at the Palm Springs International ShortsFest, Raindance Film Festival, the Hawai‘i International Film Festival, and numerous other festivals. His 2009 film "Layover, on the Shore" premiered at the Hawai‘i International Film Festival and was awarded Best Hawaiian Short at the Big Island Film Festival.
Chris also has extensive experience editing documentaries for film and television. His work has been broadcast on PBS, MTV, Bravo, and has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy, a GLAAD award, and been awarded a Student Academy Award.
Chris is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA program and 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.
In another life, Chris was a member of the semi-fictitious rock band, The Good Day Sirs.
If it were possible, he would sing karaoke every single night.