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.


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.


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:

Documentary short, 11 minutes.

Directed, Edited, and Produced by Sumiko Braun