Born in Japan, Yamamoto graduated from the Film Production program at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He received the Warner Bros. Film Production Grant for his thesis film A Glance Apart, which won the Best Fiction Film Award at the New York Expo of Short Film and Video and aired on ARTE/ZDF (French and German television) and Cinefil Imagica (Japanese cable television). His subsequent short films screened at International Film Festival Rotterdam and Tribeca Film Festival. His first Japanese language short When I Become Silent was screened at over 15 film festivals worldwide winning Special Jury Award at Tokyo International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.
Filmmaker / actor
Kanyama starred in Tom Pierson's Turkey Boy. His feature directorial debut Seesaw, which he produced, wrote, and starred in, won the SKIP City Award at SKIP City International D-Cinema Festival 2010 and screened at 10 film festivals including Hawaii International Film Festival, Vienna International Film Festival, and Buenos Aires Festival International de Cine Independiente. He was selected for Next Masters, a workshop for up and coming 20 Asian filmmakers organized by Tokyo FIlmex, and presented his 2nd feature project Like Stirring A Pudding under the supervision of Hsiao-hsien Hou. His next project is Paramedics, a short film which he wrote and directed. It screened at SKIP City International D-Cinema Festival 2011.
Born in Guatemala, Barillas spent her childhood in Japan then studied graphic design and media communication in the US. Upon returning to Japan, she worked for J-Cast as a casting director and handled various commercials, music videos, and TV programs for clients such as MTV, Canon, and Coca Cola. She also works as an event coordinator and a promotion manager. Her clients include Ayumi Hamasaki, Ken Hirai, Norika Fujiwara, and Elliott Yamin.