Cinema Club vérité






A conversation with writer and director Christopher Makoto Yogi about his feature film, “I Was A Simple Man” (shot in Hawai’i).  Gerard and Chris are joined by actor Kyle Kosaki from the film.

They talk about the Sundance Film Festival experience:  workshopping the film at Sundance labs; premiering the film at the 2021 Sundance festival; and what it took to produce the film.

The film was named the fourth Best Film of 2021 in the New Yorker Magazine, where film critic Richard Brody called it “one of the great films about death.” Roxana Hadadi wrote in that the film is a “100-minute spell of beauty and melancholy, intimate and grand in equal measure” while David Ehrlich in IndieWire called it “masterful” and named it a Critics Pick.

“I Was a Simple Man” is now streaming:

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A NATAS SF NorCal first, Cinema Club vérité will continue to benefit Chapter members with illuminating and educational interviews with filmmakers.




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