Spencer Nakasako

Moving Image, 2000

Spencer Nakasako has worked in the Southeast Asian communities of San Francisco and Oakland, training at-risk refugee youths to make films about their own lives. He is best known for his National Emmy Award-winning documentary a.k.a. Don Bonus and his film Refugee won the Inspirational Film Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Nakasako’s Kelly Loves Tony was nominated for Best Feature by the International Documentary Association. In addition to teaching film in the Ethnic Studies Department at the University of California at Berkeley, he has also had artist-in-residencies at the Walker Art Center, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the University of Toronto, and Stanford University.

Awards and Accomplishments

2003: Nakasako receives Creative Work Fund Grant

2001: Nakasako is Artist-in-Residence at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis