Directing

The Birth of an Alien (El Nacimiento de un Extranjero) (2016)

A desperate band of traveling immigrants must cross the Mexican border into the U.S. before one of them gives birth to an alien… both figuratively and literally.

Live action short, 3 minutes.

Directed, Produced, and Edited by Sumiko Braun
Written by Garett Stevens
Cinematography by Paul Bertolino
Production Design by Namrata Desai
Cast: Cynthia Callejas, Marissa Herrera, Victor E. Chan, Gabriel Avila, and Mathew Braun


Heart of Mind (2016)

A young couple’s love is tested in a singular moment of moral ambiguity.

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En route to a momentous dinner in downtown LA, lovebirds HAUNANI GORDON and WILLIAM ELLIS are held at gunpoint by a thieving madman. What transpires blurs the line between innocent impulse and intimate betrayal, proving to be the ultimate test of love, trust, and expectation.

Live action short, 5 minutes.

Written, Directed, and Edited by Sumiko Braun
Cinematography by Paul Bertolino
Cast: Gina Kealiʻinohomoku Bowes, Jason Holmes, and Victor Chan


Master of the Sky: The Life and Art of Sam Koji Hale (2015)

A compelling portrait of an inspiring and innovative artist transcending the boundaries of puppetry and filmmaking.

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With his epic mythological storytelling, distinct mixed Japanese American aesthetic, and unique blend of live action tabletop puppetry and CGI animation, Sam Koji Hale leads a new generation of puppeteers who embrace film as he brings to fruition his vision and first feature Yamasong: March of the Hollows.

But such hybrid innovation came as a result of alienation. As a mixed race Japanese American growing up in Kansas, Sam felt different. The arts are what allowed him to overcome the pain and isolation of living in-between races, cultures, and identities. With the ever growing multiracial population in the United States, Sam’s story is one of many to be told and embraced.

Follow Sam’s film: facebook.com/YamasongOfficial

Documentary short, 11 minutes.

Directed, Edited, and Produced by Sumiko Braun