a Japanese-American cinematic folk tale


Director, Co-Writer, Executive Producer

Daryn Wakasa is a Los Angeles native, 4th generation Japanese American Filmmaker, Graphic Designer, Educator and Owner of Foment Films. His experimental film, “A Lost Generation” won ‘Best Animation’ at the Indie Producer’s Film Festival 2010 and his short film, “GiRI” was an official selection in the LA Shorts Festival 2014 and the Downtown Film Festival - Los Angeles 2014.

Daryn has 8 years of experience working in the commercial, music video and film industry. During his 4 years as a creative lead at Mirada (co-founded by Guillermo del Toro, Mathew Cullen & Javier Jimenez), Daryn co-led projects like the Pacific Rim prologue sequence, Katy Perry’s “Roar” music video and UCLA’s “Let There Be Light” projection mapping film. He has also worked with Team Downey, Riot Games, Hans Zimmer, Grady Hall, Mark Kudsi, Alex Timbers, Google, IBM, and Disney. In addition he was the design director for the critically acclaimed documentaries “Pilgrimage”, “Life on Four Strings” and “A Song for Ourselves”. He received his BFA from Loyola Marymount University and his MFA from CalArts.

Although he had established a successful career, Daryn believed his true purpose was telling stories that came from his soul. Thus, in June 2014, Daryn parted ways with the commercial industry to pursue his art and filmmaking full-time. 

Artist Statement:

I was grown in the concrete soil of Los Angeles and watered with the ideology of the Golden Era of hip hop. I use storytelling as a tool to express my cultural voice. Rooted in Eastern spirituality, I create stories that explore the soul and psyche of a person who has been affected by the Japanese American internment camps during World War II. I am the collision of NWA’s unapologetic lyrical expressions and Hokusai’s stylistic spiritual art making.

I am interested in the liminal space: the space between style and story, between graphic design and film, between the real world and spirit world, the space between familial generations, the energetic space between people… the liminal space between Japanese and American.