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Linda Hattendorf

THE CATS OF MIRIKITANI is Linda Hattendorf's directorial debut. It won the Audience Award at its premiere at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival and many more prizes in festivals around the world, including the Norwegian Peace Film Award and Best Picture in Tokyo International Film Festival's Japanese Eyes section. Hattendorf has worked in the New York documentary community for more than a decade; her editing work has aired on PBS, A&E and the Sundance Channel as well as in theatrical venues and many festivals. She edited the award-winning documentary 7th Street, Christina Lundberg's On the Road Home: A Spiritual Journey Guided by Remarkable Women, Julia Pimsleur's Brother Born Again and Nancy Recant's Jin Shin Jyutu. She was associate editor on Frontline's Emmy-winning season premiere The Choice '96 and Barbara Kopple's Bearing Witness, contributing editor on POV’s American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawaii, a cameraperson on William Greaves' Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take 2 1/2 and a researcher for the Ken Burns series The West. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and holds degrees in literature, art history and media studies.

Masa Yoshikawa

Producer Masa Yoshikawa is a New York-based producer, writer, producer's representative and U.S.-Japan coordinator with extensive film and televison experience in the U.S. and Japan. He has worked for American and Japanese feature films in various capacities such as production supervisor and production coordinator (including Lost in Translation) as well as for many TV productions for Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) and NHK among others.

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