Women in Film and Television Vancouver bestow 2019 Spotlight Awards at 20th anniversary gala

January 01, 2020

Mayumi Yoshida’s debut short film “Akashi” won seven awards including the Telus Storyhive 2016 Digital Shorts Grand Prize and the Matrix Award at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival.

January 01, 2020

Vancouver’s film scene is blessed with a rich and vast talent pool. In the past few years, Phil PlantaMayumi YoshidaNach DudsdeemaythaJerome Yoo, and Lee Shorten have come together and collaborated on several remarkable projects. It was an honor to have these talented five visit the Ricepaper office in a moment that brought together Canadian, Thai, Korean, Australian, Filipino, Japanese, Chinese backgrounds and more. It was a special time that reminded me of the luxury of diversity we have in this city. In this 2 part podcast, we first discuss how the group came to be and some of the platforms that are enabling them to tell their amazing stories. In part two, we’ll go deeper into their work and explore the process and backstories behind their magic. Below are samples of their work including the Day We Met and Akashi in their entirety! We will be sure to update as full versions of the other gems we discuss become available.

January 01, 2020

Mayumi Yoshida, director, actor, producer & writer swings by to chat with us about taking on multiple roles in filmmaking, sometimes all at once! We talk about managing time and energy to do more on a project, discovering the story during the writing process, and the vital importance of story in a film.

January 01, 2020

Mayumi Yoshida is as an actress, a writer, a director, a producer, and a changemaker determined to create opportunities for emerging storytellers of colour. She describes herself as living in the space between Asian and North American cultures: relating to and participating in both; keenly aware of the gulfs and overlaps between them. It’s an awareness that has fed her screen work, beginning with Akashi, the short film she wrote, directed, and starred in about a young woman who returns to Japan for her grandmother’s funeral and confronts some inconvenient personal truths. Mayumi is currently working on the feature film version of Akashi. She portrays the Crown Princess of Japan on Amazon’s beloved dystopian drama The Man in the High Castle, and as co-creative director of the Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon, she’s encouraged Asian Canadian filmmakers to value their own stories. In this introspective interview, Mayumi recounts the childhood experiences that shaped her storytelling sensibilities, reflects on her journey as an actress and filmmaker of colour, and dishes on the fourth and final season of The Man in the High Castle (including which High Castle actor is her real-life sensei).

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