Kimi Takesue is an award-winning filmmaker and the recipient of the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Filmmaking. In 2010, she was awarded her second artist fellowship from the New York Foundation in the Arts in the category of Video. Her films WHERE ARE YOU TAKING ME (2010), SUSPENDED (2009), E=nyc2 (2005), SUMMER OF THE SERPENT (2004), HEAVEN'S CROSSROAD (2002), ROSEWATER (1999) and BOUND (1995) have been televised in the U.S. and have screened at over 200 film festivals and museums, including the Sundance Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, New Directors/ New Films, Locarno International, London's Institute of Contemporary Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Takesue's films have aired on PBS, the Independent Film Channel, and the Sundance Channel.
Film honors include the SPIRIT OF SLAMDANCE AWARD, Slamdance Film Festival; BEST DOCUMENTARY, Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema; GRAND JURY PRIZE, Brooklyn International Film Festival; GOLD MEDAL & GRAND JURY PRIZE, Brno International Film Festival, Czech Republic; JURORS' CHOICE AWARD (1st place), Black Maria Film and Video Festival; BEST NARRATIVE SHORT, San Diego Asian Film Festival; and the GOLDEN REEL: NEW VISIONS AWARD, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.
Takesue has been awarded a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship and fellowships and grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, ITVS, Ford Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, National Asian American Telecommunications Association, Philadelphia Foundation, The Arts Council of England, Yaddo Artist Colony, and the MacDowell Colony, among others. She has been a visiting filmmaker at Yale University, University of Minnesota, Clark University, UC Irvine, and the University of Massachusetts. Takesue has produced and directed television programming for A & E Network and PBS, including the documentary series THE FIRST 48 and AFTER THE FIRST 48.
Raised in Hawai'i and Massachusetts, Takesue received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her M.F.A from Temple University. Takesue is currently an Assistant Professor in the Film Program at Syracuse University. She works in both dramatic and documentary genres and is in development on a narrative feature film project. Her films are distributed by Women Make Movies and Kimikat Productions.