Boston native Kenneth Eng moved to New York to study filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts in 1994. His thesis film, Scratching Windows, was broadcast on Thirteen/WNET New York's "Reel Life" PBS series. Eng's credits include directing and editing Take Me to the River, a feature-length documentary about the 2001 Maha Kumbh Mela Hindu festival and pilgrimage in India, said to be the largest gathering in history. He has directed numerous music videos and documentary productions, and is co-founder of the New York-based multimedia and video production company Python Aquarius.
A 2000 graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis, Md., Alex Shear worked predominantly in sales and business development before turning to filmmaking. Shear was assistant producer for the feature documentary Take Me to the River. He has spent several years working in freelance film and television production, often for Python Aquarius Productions in New York. He grew up in Boston with Kenneth Eng and shares his love of baseball. Shear and Eng often travel to Boston to play for the amateur team the Beantown Basers.
Takayo Nagasawa originally hails from Aomori, in Northern Japan. Nagasawa started her career in the music business, and first came to New York in 1997 to construct and manage a new recording studio for the Japanese record company, Oorong-Sha. She then made the switch to television production and has since worked regularly with several Japanese television companies, including Fuji-TV and Kyodo-TV in New York. She began working on Kokoyakyu in 2002.