Masami Kawai

Masami KawaiMasami Kawai
Assistant Professor
Department of Cinema Studies

254 PLC



B.A., Liberal Arts concentration in Radical Pedagogy, Post-Colonial Studies, and Visual Arts, Hampshire College, 2003
M.F.A., Film Production with an emphasis in Directing, Univesity of California, Los Angeles, 2013


I’m a Los Angeles-born filmmaker, who divides my time between Oregon and LA. My work integrates issues of race, class, gender, and what it means to be an immigrant across multiple modes of filmmaking. I’m interested in exploring these issues through techniques of realism to reveal the complexity of the human experience. In the past, I’ve been a selected director in the Francis Ford Coppola One-Act play series. I also received a fellowship from LA’s Visual Communications, which supports emerging Asian American filmmakers and was supported by the Panavision New Filmmaker’s grant. In addition, I’ve participated in Film Independent’s diversity program, Project Involve. My work has screened at various venues, including the Rotterdam Film Festival, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, Portland International Film Festival, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Recent Citations – Publications – Professional Work

Zona (in Post-Production)
Short // Arri Alexa // Language: Japanese & English
Writer, Director, Editor & Producer

Installation // Closed-circuit live feed video // 2019

Tides // 2018
11 min // RED & Arri Alexa // Language: English
Writer, Director, Editor & Producer 

Eclipse // 2018
5 min // Digital // Experimental // No dialogue
Writer, Director, DP, Editor & Producer

Tone Circle // 2017
Ditch Projects collective group video
Private Places Gallery, Portland, Oregon // 2017

Nami // 2014
13 min // 16mm // Language: Japanese
Writer, Director, Editor & Producer

Cleaner // 2013
18 min // RED // Languages: English, Korean & Spanish
Writer, Director & Producer


  • CINE 270: Narrative I
  • CINE 320: Screenwriting I
  • CINE 408: The Art of Producing
  • CINE 420: Screenwriting II
  • CINE 426: The Art of Directing