Eric Nemoto

Eric's creative world is dominated by four forces - acting, writing, directing, and producing - which has propelled him to amass an impressive production resume. As an actor, he founded, and is the president of, "TAG - The Actors' Group," a community theatre that has developed into one of Honolulu, Hawaii's finest. On stage he is a two-time Po'okela recipient (Hawaii's annual theatre awards) for excellence in acting ("Oleanna," 2001, and "Miso," 2010), and has been nominated three other times ("Equus," 2002, "K2," 2003, and "The Guys," 2004). On television he has had principal roles on "Lost" (the final series episode, "The End") and "Hawaii Five-0" (twice appearing as deputy prosecuting attorney James Chen). In film, he played visionary Shigeo Yoshida in Tom Coffman's acclaimed documentary "The First Battle" (Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) 2004 and Hawaii public TV), portrayed the dying father in Tim Savage's short film "Cutback" (HIFF 2007, and a holiday staple for the New Hope Christian Fellowship Church), was in Bob Bates' "Hotel Street" as a crooked cop (HIFF 2011, one of a series of short films in "The Short List"), and was among the family dealing with an impending tsunami in Jay Hanamura's segment of "6B: An Anthology Of Hawaii Films" (HIFF 2011). He is also scheduled to appear as the violent Tamotsu in Ed Sakamoto's thriller "Obake Neko" (Ghost Cat) (Director Denny Hironaga) in 2017. Since 2014 he has, along with business partner Jon Brekke, produced four feature length movies under their production company Yellow Brick Studio - "Natural Reaction" (2014, also acted and wrote the screenplay), "Tiramisu On The Beach" (2015, also acted and co-wrote the screenplay), "Juniper Lane" (2015, also wrote the screenplay and directed), and "So Close Shig" (2016, also wrote the screenplay and directed). As a writer he has written 117 feature length scripts (including Serenergy Productions' feature length movie "Parts Of The Same Circle," which was screened at HIFF 2012 and the 2013 Big Island Film Festival (BIFF), and in which he was also co-director and acted in a lead role), 12 produced plays (including "Merry Christmas, Roberta," Best Play Po'okela award, 2008, co-written with Michael Wurth and Jon Brekke), and eight half-hour TV programs that documented the careers of local artists entitled "Artists Of Hawaii." He also co-wrote a children's book, "Getting Ready For Kindergarten," with his wife, Mary Ann, which has been distributed to local preschools. As a director he has directed eight stage plays and three movies, while producing five movies, and served as an associate producer for "One Team" (the documentary of Father Kenneth Bray, Iolani School's legendary football coach, voted Best Short Film, HIFF 2012). He is scheduled to produce and direct yet another of his screenplays, "World Buffet," in late 2016. Over the years, he has also appeared in numerous television commercials, voiced over many a radio ad, and has also taught acting for years, conducting his weekly "Just Act" acting classes. Apart from his creative endeavors, Eric spent a great portion of his career in higher education; working for the University of Hawaii at Manoa (Financial Aid), Chaminade University of Honolulu (Associate Dean of Enrollment Management), and the Med-Assist School of Hawaii (Executive Director). He has a bachelors degree (Political Science) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, a masters degree from Oregon State University (College Student Services Administration), and a screenwriting certificate from the UCLA Extension Writers' Program (the largest writer training center of its kind in the U.S.). Above all else, Eric's family stands as his greatest achievement. He and Mary Ann have been married since 1980. Their daughter, Kristen Lee (Iwi), and son, Cory (Malia), round out their beautiful family.

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