Chihiro Wimbush

A Compassionate Lens on the World

Welcome!  I'm a creative media maker who is passionate about documenting and sharing stories that change how we view each other and the world we live in.

 

DIRECTOR & PRODUCER

I began my career in Narrative feature films working first as a Production Manager for Wayne Wang's The Princess of Nebraska then as Associate Producer for Richard Wong's Option 3 and finally as Co-Producer for HP Mendoza's Fruit Fly.  

I've since moved on to direct a series of Documentaries both shorts (including profiles of the Godfathers of Asian American Jazz and Celebrity Chef Martin Yan, as well as pieces on the Untouchables in India, art installations, a case study of racial injustice in the justice system and most recently a half hour piece on the new Chinese Hospital in SF Chinatown) and features: Dogtown Redemption (Audience Award winner at Mill Vally Film Festival, broadcast on PBS' Independent Lens) where I spent several years following the lives of homeless shopping cart recyclers, and a work-in-progress on the last quest of a conspiracy theorist.

Onstage at CAAMFest 2017 after the screening of The People's Hospital with former SF Mayor Willie Brown, SF Supervisor Aaron Peskin and CAAM Producer Don Young

Onstage at CAAMFest 2017 after the screening of The People's Hospital with former SF Mayor Willie Brown, SF Supervisor Aaron Peskin and CAAM Producer Don Young

I'm currently producing (and editing) a documentary feature, Aswat Nabila, about a group of Arab musicians in the Bay Area, as well as co-producing a Multimedia project about The Refinery Healing Walks where Native American Grandmothers march on local oil refineries.

I've also directed a wide variety of projects from short nonprofit promotional to music video and gallery piece.

To see samples of this work - please see my Portfolio section as in many of these I wear multiple hats from director to producer to cinematographer to editor.

Documentary Feature

Moving Truth (work in progress): Director (with Jim Choi)

Dogtown RedemptionDirector (with Amir Soltani), Co-Producer

Interviewing homeless recycler Hayok Kay for DOGTOWN REDEMPTION with Co-Director Amir Soltani

Interviewing homeless recycler Hayok Kay for DOGTOWN REDEMPTION with Co-Director Amir Soltani

Documentary Short

The People's Hospital: Director (with Jim Choi)

Liminal Spaces/Crossings: Director (with Jim Choi)

Touching the Untouchable: Director/Producer (with Meena Srinivasan)

A Simple Life: Martin Yan: Director (with Jim Choi)

Don’t Lose Your Soul: Director (with Jim Choi)

The Time That Land Forgot: Director/Producer (with Jim Choi)

0-Viewpoint: Director (with Jim Choi)

Red Thread: Director (with Jim Choi)

Multimedia

The Refinery Healing Walks: Producer (with Melinda Micco)

Narrative Feature

Fruit Fly: Co-Producer

Option 3: Associate Producer

The Princess of Nebraska: Production Manager

Narrative Short

Double Features: Director, Producer (with Jay Patumanoan)

   Cross Fader: Director/Producer

On the set of THE PRINCESS OF NEBRASKA with Director Wayne Wang

Nonprofit

My Place: Director/Co-Producer

Kulungile: Director/Co-Producer

Center for Asian American Media Gala: Director

Asian Chefs at Glide Memorial Church: Director (with Jim Choi)

Community Education Services: Director (with Jim Choi)

Music Video

"Truth Is I'm A Liar" by Roger Perry: Director

Author

Teach Breathe Learn trailer: Director

Art Installation

The Making of 0-Viewpoint: Director (with Jim Choi)

The Making of Lure: Director (with Jim Choi)

App

Innerworld: Director, Producer (with Julian Wimbush)

Check out a mindful media nonprofit organization dedicated to conscious change: A LENS INSIDE