Lawrence R. Hott, Executive Producer: Hott has been producing documentary films since 1978, when he left the practice of law to join Florentine Films. His awards include an Emmy, two Academy Award nominations, a George Foster Peabody Award, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, The Erik Barnouw OAH History Award, five American Film Festival Blue Ribbons, fourteen CINE Golden Eagles, screenings at Telluride, and first-place awards from the San Francisco, Chicago, National Educational, and New England Film Festivals. He has produced and directed two dozen films for national PBS broadcast.
Dianne Fukami, Co-Producer/Director: Fukami has produced, directed, and written more than a half-dozen documentaries on the Asian-American experience (mostly on Japanese-American history) which were broadcast on PBS stations throughout the U.S. Separate Lives, Broken Dreams, about the Chinese Exclusion Act, was nominated for a national Emmy Award; Starting Over: Japanese Americans After the War has received scholarly citations for its first-person anecdotes. Her most recent documentary, Stories From Tohoku, was showcased at CAAMFest in 2014 (formerly the San Francisco Asian International Film Festival) and screened at film festivals in New York and Los Angeles.
Debra Nakatomi, Co-Producer: Nakatomi is founder of a strategic communications firm that for over 25 years has developed issue advocacy and educational campaigns on health, environmental and social issues. . The firm designs social and civic engagement campaigns utilizing the tools of media, messaging and social media. Nakatomi’s documentary career began as co-producer of Stories From Tohoku, with Dianne Fukami in 2014, a film about the survivors of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan. The film aired on PBS and screened throughout the U.S. and Japan.
Ken Chowder, Writer: Chowder has scripted over 30 documentary films broadcast on PBS, NBC, TBS, Discovery, AE, and BBC, and published three acclaimed novels with Harper/Collins. His films have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary, won the Primetime Emmy, Columbia/Dupont Prize, Peabody Award, and been Best Documentary at many festivals, including the American Film Festival. Credits include 7 films for PBS’ The American Experience, one American Masters, and 7 National Geographic films. His articles have appeared in Smithsonian, Audubon, American Heritage, and more.
Bridge Media, Inc., is the production company contracted by Media Bridges to produce the Mineta Legacy Project. Bridge Media is an award-winning production company founded in 1981 by producers with extensive experience in video, television, radio, print, and multimedia. Production projects include The Spirit of Taiko and Stories From Tohoku.