Matt Yamashita was raised on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. After receiving a BFA in Film Production from Chapman University, Matt returned to Molokai to become the island’s first professional filmmaker. He has been working in the film industry since 2001 and has developed a full range of production skills including: concept development, writing, directing, producing, shooting, editing, and content delivery.
Matt has unique expertise working within Hawaii-based communities, cultures, and environments and has dedicated the primary focus of his work to telling Hawaii’s stories through a local lens. More recently, Matt has been working internationally as a producer, director, and DP with the Mill Valley Film Group and Goldman Environmental Prize.
Matt has held key roles in large productions that have received statewide and national broadcast. He is also well-known for his ability to deliver quality products while working with very limited resources and small production teams.