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Michael Goro Takeuchi

Mike Goro Takeuchi is a professional journalist who has written on film and sports  for numerous outlets sincr 2000. An award-winning creative non-fiction writer, Tak also pens a weekly sports column for a newspaper based in Southern California.


He was the production manager for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival from 2006-2015. 



Halfway Through, All the Way There-Oscar Nominated Animated Short Filmmakers Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter

  The journey may not yet even be half over, but Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter are already nearing a creative summit of sorts.  Eight months into what has already been an extensive, awards-filled festival run with no foreseeable end on the horizon, the couple’s animated short “Negative Space” was recently nominated for an Oscar in that category by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  "Negative Space" filmmakers Ru Kuwahata and Ma...

With His Award-Winning Debut Feature Film "Krisha", Writer/Director Trey Edward Shults Continues to Live and Enjoy the Journey

    Writer/director Trey Edward Shults reacts to his film “Krisha” winning the John Cassavetes Award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica on February 27.  Celebrating with him from left, are Wilson Smith and Justin R. Chan, who along with Shults and Chase Joliet, produced the movie. Photo by Michael Goro Takeuchi      From a beginning that was modest even by the status of independent filmmaking, “Krisha” writer/directo...


          LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FULL 2015 LINE-UP 30 Films chosen for U.S. Fiction, Documentary and World Fiction Competitions – 18 World Premieres – – Full competition lineup showcases 54 feature films and 39 World Premieres – LOS ANGELES (May 5, 2015) – Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, produced by Film Independent with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times and Host Partne...

Robert Redford and Film Independent President Josh Welsh on the Continuing Rise of Independent Filmmaking (Second of Two Parts)

By Mike Takeuchi The Film Independent’s 29th Annual Spirit Awards will be held on Saturday afternoon in Santa Monica.  Hosted by Patton Oswalt, the Spirit Awards will be televised later that evening on the Independent Film Channel (IFC).  Check your local listings for showtimes.                                                         ...

Film Independent's Josh Welsh's Accidental Discovery Leads to a Life Path (First of Two Parts)

  By Mike “Tak”  Takeuch                                                                                                                                ...


      DENVER FILM SOCIETY'S WOMEN+FILM VOICES FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT FILMS, SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM   - Individual tickets and series passes now on sale -   DENVER (Feb. 26, 2014) - The 4th Women+Film VOICES Film Festival, produced by the Denver Film Society, announced today its full Festival program and schedule. The complete lineup of films for the Festival, which runs March 18-March 23, is available at&nbs...

VIP Concierge Job Opening at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

SBIFF VIP Concierge (Santa Barbara) The SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (SBIFF) is looking to hire a professional and customer service oriented VIP Concierge to assist in moving the organization to the next level. SBIFF is a dynamic, rapidly growing, non-profit organization dedicated to enriching local culture and raising the consciousness of film as an art form by presenting an 11-day Festival, Cinema Society and other year round programs. Please refer to the following job ...

A Bit of Trash Talk and a Lot of Guidance Helped Coogler on His Journey Towards Making FRUITVALE STATION To view the FRUITVALE STATION trailer please click link above     By Mike "Tak" Takeuchi   “This film was really something that I hoped people will just connect with by seeing themselves in the characters. As human beings we generally have way more in common than we don't.  However, we finger point at things that we don't have in common and harp on them. But at the end of the day we have so much...

Documentary Filmmaker PJ Raval's Next Subject Revealed Itself Before He Knew It.

  Dennis/Dee   By Mike Takeuchi   Photos by Mike Simpson for BEFORE YOU KNOW IT   (In addition to directing TRINIDAD and his most recent film BEFORE YOU KNOW IT, filmmaker PJ Raval was the cinematographer for the 2008 Academy Award nominated documentary TROUBLE THE WATER.  Raval took some time out of a hectic film festival-filled week to speak with  On a June night in 2009 while celebrating the world premiere of his and co-director Ja...

The Filmmakers of THE WAY, WAY BACK Discuss Their Longtime Labor of Love

                                                               THE WAY, WAY BACK a coming-of-age comedy/drama written and directed by Academy Award winning screenwriters (2011's THE DESCENDANTS) Jim Rash and Nat Faxon, was released theatrically on 19 screens in select cities this weekend.  The Fox Searchlight Pictures...


WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR 2013 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL   Janis Nords’ Mother, I Love You and Ryan McGarry’s Code Black Win Jury Awards   Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12, Grace Lee’s American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs and Haifaa Al Mansour’s Wadjda Win Audience Awards   Best Performance, Short Film and Music Video Award Winners Also Revealed   Sloan Fast Track Grant and Millennium Entertainment Fellowship Given...

Khaled Hosseini's (The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns) Gift for Storytelling Translates Well to Film with his Latest Work

  By Mike Takeuchi During a recent interview during his book tour for his latest bestseller "And the Mountains Echoed" (currently number two on the New York Times bestseller list for fiction), author Khaled Hosseini ("The Kite Runner" "A Thousand Splendid Suns") expressed hope that the latter of those two films, (which not long ago tabbed Oscar winning (Adaptive Screenplay along with Aaron Sorkin and Stan Chervin for 2011's "Moneyball") S...

Bermuda International Film Festival Opens with “Ginger & Rosa”

  Bermuda International Film Festival Opens with “Ginger & Rosa”   *Poster's note-BIFF is a solid festival filled with the best in world cinema that is filled with wonderful people who possess the warmth of the island's wonderful weather!  Highly recommend! To mark BIFF’s Sweet 16, the festival opens on Friday with “Ginger & Rosa,” a riveting coming-of-age story about two teenage girls growing up in the sixties in London. The tw...

Mary Elizabeth Winstead Will Receive Dallas Shining Star Award at DIFF on April 12

  2013 Dallas International Film Festival Presented by AutoNation Volkswagen Dealers   Announces Mary Elizabeth Winstead Recipient of Dallas Shining Star Award   Award to be presented at Dallas Film Society Honors Awards April 12   Dallas, TX, April 2, 2013 – The Dallas International Film Festival presented by AutoNation Volkswagen Dealers announced today that actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead will accept the Dallas Shining Star Award ...

29th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Opens with LINSANITY

  Great Folks, great Festival! Link to my story on Linsanity director Evan Jackson Leong   29th LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL   A VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS PRODUCTION     LINSANITY HITS LOS ANGELES!! AS THE OPENING NIGH...

In a Unique Twist, DIFF Will Screen Five Different Films on Opening Night

  2013 Dallas International Film Festival Presented by AutoNation Volkswagen Dealers Presents the Opening Night      ●      WHEN:  Thursday, April 4th, 2013   ●      WHERE:  LOOK Cinema - 5495 Belt Line Road, Dallas, Texas 75254     8 1/2:              In this classic by Italian Director, Federico F...

Follow-Up to the Hit Baseball Documentary "Ballplayer: Pelotero" in the Works

By Mike "Tak" Takeuchi (Photo Courtesy of Ballplayer: Pelotero Movie)    *Note-The Kickstarter link to the sequel of "Ballplayer: Pelotero", named "The Miguel Sano Story" is here-  In 2009, when filmmakers Jonathan Paley Ross Finkel and Trevor Martin began filming Miguel Sano and Jean Carlos Batista, a pair of reportedly 16-year-old infield prospects from the Dominican Re...

Director's Linsanity- Evan Jackson Leong's Journey to Tell Jeremy Lin's Story

By Mike "Tak" Takeuchi   ( Scene from “Linsanity” Photo Courtesy of the Sundance Institute)  Not long ago, filmmaker Evan Jackson Leong began filming content on a subject without fully knowing what he had. Although he had an idea of what the story might be, Leong kept an open mind to see what lay ahead for a heretofore unknown aspiring professional basketball player.      Then "Linsanity" happened.   On February 12, 2...

CAAMFest Opens with LINSANITY on Thursday

        The Center for Asian American Media Launches CAAMFest, March 14-24, 2013 in Bay Area Theaters   CAAM Marks a Transition From its Traditional Festival to CAAMFest:  Exploring Film, Music and Food   The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is excited to launch CAAMFest. Formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, CAAMFest is an 11-day celebration of film, music, food and digital med...


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