Emiko Omori, a native Californian, is a highly regarded cinematographer, writer, and director. In 1968 she was the first female news camera operator in San Francisco on the critically acclaimed KQED San Francisco program, "Newsroom." For the past 30 years she has freelanced as cinematographer on many award-winning documentaries, features, industrials, commercials, and educational films. In 1990, she wrote and directed Hot Summer Winds, a drama based on two short stories by acclaimed Nisei writer, Hisaye Yamamoto. A co-production of American Playhouse and KCET Los Angeles, the film aired nationally on PBS in May, 1991 to rave reviews. Omori's other personal films include Tattoo City, a documentary about the art of full body, Japanese style tattooing, and The Departure, a short narrative film. This year, Emiko Omori was the winner of a special award for Best Cinematography for Rabbit in the Moon and Regret to Inform (POV 2000) at the Sundance Film Festival.