Chikara has been a principal collaborator on 14 independent films with Rob Nilsson, a Berkeley-based Sundance/Cannes award-winning filmmaker. Primarily a Cinematographer and Editor, he has also worked as Producer and Location Sound. A Japanese native, Chikara has spent over 25 years in New York, Hawaii, and San Francisco Bay area as freelance Director and Cinematographer for various Japanese television networks, including NHK, Japan’s public television.
In 1997 he moved to the San Francisco Bay area, where he has worked as Cinematographer/Editor for Link TV on the Peabody Award winning news show, the Mosaic and the Mosaic Intelligence Report, a news analysis show on the Middle East. Since 2011, Chikara has partnered with Paul Zehrer for PotentialSF working as Co-Producer, Cinematographer, and Co-Editor on numerous award-winning films including “Why Waldorf?”, “Preparing for Life”, and “Been Seen”.