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Meet the dynamic and experienced team that created Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire.

Executive Producer, Director, Producer, Writer

Lyn Goldfarb is an award-winning documentary Director, Producer and Writer. She was an Executive Producer, Director and Producer for the four-hour The Roman Empire in the First Century for Devillier Donegan and PBS’ Empires documentary series. She began her filmmaking career as a Producer and Historian for the Academy Award-nominated documentary With Babies and Banners, which was showcased on television and in festivals worldwide.

Goldfarb's television credits include: Director/Producer/Writer for Total War for The Great War series (PBS and BBC); We Have a Plan for The Great Depression series (Blackside Inc., PBS), and Ways To Move and Without Barriers or Borders for the People in Motion series (PBS). She was Senior Producer, Danger: Kids at Work (Lifetime Television); Producer of A Taste of Freedom (TNT); Searching For San Diego: San Ysidro (PBS); and Disabled and the Cost of Saying I Do (PBS). She was Executive Producer for Business Communication: Tools For Leadership, a 12-hour distance learning course for Quisoc, and broadcast on PBS. She directed and produced From the Heart as part of AFI's Directing Workshop for Women. Her awards include: Academy Award nomination, 2 Emmy Awards, 2 duPont-Columbia Awards, Peabody, Producers Guild of America Kodak Vision Award, IDA Distinguished Documentary Award and a Golden Mike. She served three terms on the IDA Board of Directors and is a member of the DGA and WGA/w.

Executive Producer, Director, Producer, Writer

Fluent in Japanese, Deborah Ann DeSnoo is president of PLUG-IN, Inc., a Tokyo-based production company that produces films, videos and theatrical entertainment. A fan of animation, she has translated a number of award-winning animation projects and recently she wrote ten scripts in Japanese and English for the animation series Favorite Japanese Fairytales for World Entertainment and King Records. In the spring of 2003, she hosted the television series Jazz Love Notes Premium which was broadcast on Japanese TV. An award-winning veteran theater director, she holds the distinction of being the first foreign director invited to join the Nippon Enshutsu-sha Kyokai (Japan Directors' Association). She also belongs to the DGA (Directors Guild of America) and the WGA (Writers Guild of America). As a member of the Pacific Rim Community, she commutes between LA and Tokyo and has crossed the Pacific over 50 times in the past three years.

Originally an actor, DeSnoo began writing, directing and performing her original work in 1983 and soon was hired to direct a production of The Dining Room for a Japanese theater company. Since 1984 she has performed in over 30 theatrical and television productions in Japan. She has also directed lots of theater, opera, including Dream Angel, a musical circus extravaganza. TBS Japan produced an award-winning documentary entitled WAGA AI (My Love) featuring DeSnoo and her performing art in 1985. She began working behind the camera as a second unit director and Producer in Japan for Tales of Meetings and Partings, a short film that was nominated for an Academy Award in 1985. Honored with a fellowship from the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women, DeSnoo was Producer, Director and Writer of Corporate Warrior, a short film which has been screened worldwide. She was Director of a video package The Little Mermaid for Kodansha/Disney as well as a number of animation projects for TDK, Japan. She has also produced and commissioned art pieces in digital video.


Joan Owens Meyerson has received numerous nominations and awards for her work as a writer, producer and director; among her credits are the Academy Award-nominated documentary Say Goodbye, and Those Who Can, Teach for the Emmy award-winning series Life and Times. Her films on Japan include Children of Japan (Cine Golden Eagle) for Disney, and Michiyo & Kelly: A Quest for Education for PBS. She currently writes the award-winning PBS National Memorial Day Concert.

Director of Photography

Michael Chin has more than twenty years as a cinematographer. His credits include numerous documentaries for PBS, including the Academy Award-winning In the Shadow of the Stars, the Emmy-nominated Ansel Adams, The Battle Over Citizen Kane, Frederick Douglas; Africans in America; Malcolm X: Make it Plain, The Roman Empire in the First Century; First Person Plural; Becoming American: The Chinese Experience; Zoot Suit Riots; The Irish in America, The Great Depression. His feature films include Chan is Missing, Dim Sum and The Kiss.

Editor, Episode One and Two

Gail Yasunaga has edited independent features as well as documentaries which have shown in such film festivals as Toronto, Berlin, Taos and Sundance. She edited the feature documentary Searching for Debra Winger, directed by Rosanna Arquette, which received a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival and Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker, nominated for an Academy Award.

Editor, Episodes Two and Three

William Haugse has been nominated for both an Oscar and an Emmy and is a recipient of the American Cinema Editors Award, for Hoop Dreams. Haugse edited Stevie (Lions Gate) for "Hoop Dreams" director Steve James. A recent documentary feature, Sunset Story, received a special jury prize at Tribeca and the Audience Favorite Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival. He has edited more than 50 hours of TV documentaries.

Composer, Episodes One and Three

As an arranger/composer/keyboardist, Dave Iwataki has worked in many areas of music performance and production, from live concert performances to composing and arranging for record, radio, stage, television and film. The songs he wrote for jazz-rock group "Hiroshima: helped to define their sound. Dave has also released a very moving and thought-provoking CD entitled, "Harsh Canvas/Infinite Shades of Grey," an eclectic mix of styles that include jazz and contemporary chamber music.

Composer, Episode Two

Dana Kaproff is a well-known Los Angeles composer whose credits include over 100 feature, cable and television film scores. He recently completed work on two upcoming movies, White Rush and Stealing Candy. His PBS credits include the series The Roman Empire in the First Century. As a songwriter, he wrote half of the new material on the latest Shirley Bassey album, "Thank You For The Years," and had half a million children simultaneously performing his song "For A Better Tomorrow" for a major UK/Guinness World Book event. Kaproff serves on the Executive Board of The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Music Branch.


Toshihiro Saito is the Executive Producer of Plug-In, Inc., located in Tokyo, Japan. He directs the Crane River Ensemble, an acting workshop and his producing responsibilities include a wide array of Japanese productions. He worked as an actor for Japanese television, and is a graduate of one of the most prestigious law schools in Japan.

Top: Samurai men and women courting/National Museum of Ethnology Leiden
Lyn Goldfarb/Lyn Goldfarb
Deborah DeSnoo/Plug-In

Episode One: The Way of the Samurai
Episode Two: The Will of the Shogun
Episode Three: The Return of the Barbarians
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Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire premieres May 26, 2004. Check local listings.

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