About Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto

Kenji Yamamoto and Nancy Kelly

Films about the transcendent power of common stories, rarely told.

For more than twenty-five years, independent filmmakers Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto have been making critically-acclaimed documentary and narrative films that have aired on PBS, Showtime, Sundance, Britain’s Channel Four (among others), in theaters, museums, film festivals around the world, and even at an outdoor street cinema.

Nancy and Kenji attended the Sundance June Lab with their narrative feature THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD and Kenji attended the Sundance Documentary Lab with Jennifer Maytorena Taylor’s NEW MUSLIM COOL.

Their films have been funded by the Ford Foundation, PBS American Playhouse, MacArthur Foundation, ITVS, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Arts, Gerbode Foundation, Driehaus Foundation, Columbia Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, Woods Fund of Chicago, LEF, Pacific Pioneer Fund, and many others.

Nancy and Kenji recently completed a documentary trilogy about the transformative power of art that took over a decade to make. The third in the trilogy, TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives, premiered at the 2010 Mill Valley Film Festival, which coincided with their 25th wedding anniversary.