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Chikara Motomura

Producer, Cinematographer, Editor

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”.

Documentary Reel:

Cinematographer, Co-Producer, Co-Editor

Corporate Reel:

Producer, Cinematographer, Editor

Dramatic reel:

Cinematographer, Co-Producer, Co-Editor

Being Seen:

Cinematographer, Co-Producer, Co-Editor

“Being Seen” explores the poorly understood subculture of people living with “developmental disabilities.” These individuals’ candid and articulate self-awareness quickly shatter preconceptions of who they are and how they think about themselves and the world — leaving us with existential questions about the meaning of “disabled” and “normal”. Rather than defining themselves by their diagnosis, individuals (young and old) strive to create meaning, meet adversity, and dream of their futures. Bay Area filmmakers, Paul Zehrer and Chikara Motomura, spent over three years following individuals living with developmental disabilities throughout the Bay Area.

Preparing for Life:

Cinematographer, Co-Producer, Co-Editor

“Preparing for Life” takes viewers inside the Waldorf School of the Peninsula where the focus is on developing the capacities for creativity, resilience, innovative thinking, and social and emotional intelligence over rote learning. Entrepreneurs, Stanford researchers, investment bankers, and parents who run some of the largest hi-tech companies in the world, weigh-in on what children need to navigate the challenges of the 21st Century in order to find success, purpose, and joy in their lives.

Partner Filmmakers:

Rob Nilsson
citizencinema.net

Paul Zehrer
potentialsf.com

Beth LaDove
bethladove.com