KaleidoLA Speaker Series: Daryn Wakasa, STAR/MTMA, ’05, Filmmaker & Artist

Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Daryn Wakasa’s storytelling lives in the liminal space -- between graphic design, animation and film, between gaman (keep your troubles to yourself) and NWA’s “Express Yourself”, between the spirit world and physical. Between Japanese and American. Daryn received his BFA from LMU in '05 as a multimedia major and received his MFA from CalArts in '10 as a Graphic Design major but studied film directing, motion design and animation. His award winning short films, A LOST GENERATION, GIRI, and SEPPUKU explore the American tapestry as a 4th generation Japanese American haunted by the internment camps. His films are spiritual “coming of age” stories where characters excavate their family’s past in order to illuminate a path forward. Like the characters in his films, Daryn shapeshifted within the entertainment industry for over 13 years. As a Creative Director at companies like Elastic and Mirada (co-founded by Guillermo del Toro & Mathew Cullen), Daryn led everything from film development projects, to music videos, to interactive projects, to transmedia projects. Daryn’s multidisciplinary background contributes to his unique cinematic voice. Graphic design arms him with the power of visual metaphors and symbolism. Animation stretches his imagination to blur the lines between the physical, spiritual and psychological. Filmmaking ferments everything into a form that emotionally resonates with people.

Friday, February 2 at 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Murphy Recital Hall
1955 Ignatian Circle, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA

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