Christopher Makoto Yogi is from Honolulu, Hawai‘i. He is a Sundance Institute fellow and a Time Warner fellow. His debut feature film, "August at Akiko's", had its World Premiere at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam in 2018 to critical acclaim. Richard Brody in The New Yorker called it “transcendently inventive” while The Guardian wrote it was a “beguiling Hawaiian reverie”. It will be released theatrically in early 2019. His next feature film in-development, "I Was a Simple Man", participated in the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs, IFP Film Week, Film Independent's Fast Track, and received a Jerome Foundation grant. Chris' short films include the documentaries "Occasionally, I Saw Glimpses of Hawai‘i" and "Makoto: or, Honesty," and the fiction film "Obake (Ghosts)." His 2009 film "Layover, on the Shore" 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. He is an IFP fellow and a Jerome artist grant recipient. 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.