Koji Steven Sakai

Koji Steven Sakai

www.kojistevensakai.com
Producer and Screenwriter

South Pasadena, California

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May 2014
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About Koji

Writer/Producer Koji Steven Sakai, a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Masters of Professional Writing program, is the founder of Little Nalu Pictures LLC and the CEO of Chopso (www.Chopso.com), the first Asian English streaming video service. He has written five feature films that have been produced, Haunted Highway (2006), The People I’ve Slept With (2009), Santa & Me (2013), #1 Serial Killer (2013), and Dying to Kill (2016). In addition, his screenplay, Romeo, Juliet, & Rosaline, was optioned by Amazon Studios.

He has produced three feature films, The People I’ve Slept With, #1 Serial Killer, Dying to Kill; a one-hour comedy special on Starz, Dwayne Perkins: Take Note (2015); Comedy InvAsian (2017), a television series featuring the nation’s top Asian American comedians, and Brash Girls Club, a limited comedy series, which premiered on Tubi TV in the summer of 2019.

Most recently, he wrote and produced a feature film, Last Girl, which is currently in post-production. The film was the directorial debut of Arsal Asal and starred Jeanne Lau, Stephen L. Wilson, Sarah Wong Thompson, and Christopher Dionne.

Koji’s debut novel, Romeo & Juliet Vs. Zombies, was published by Luthando Coeur in 2015 and in audiobook in 2016, his Amazon Kindle World novella, Operation Survive, was released in the October of 2016, and his graphic novel, 442, was released online in February 2017 by Stela and in print by Little Nalu Pictures LLC in 2019. His newest novel, Zombie Run, was recently released in print and ebook in May of 2019 by Solstice Publishing and his newest graphic novel, Santa Vs. Zombies, was released in the winter of 2019 by Outland Entertainment.

He has also had stories featured in New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei, Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology, Secret Identities Volume 2: Shattered, and Pho for Life.

He has held several prestigious fellowships and writing awards. Including, the Screenwriting Expo 4: New Visions Fellowship Award (2005), Visual Communication’s Armed with a Camera (2006), Film Independent’s Project: Involve (2007), The Writers Boot Camp Fellowship (2009), and The Producers Guild: Power of Diversity Workshop (2009).

In addition to his writing, he produces and co-hosts two podcasts; Slanted View, with Quentin Lee; and Best OR Worst Podcast with M. Martin Mapoma.

Koji’s passion for writing is only matched by his love to teach others how to do it. He is currently a screenwriting instructor at UCLA Extensions and at the New York Film Academy in Burbank.

Credits

  • Comedy InvAsian

    Comedy InvAsian (2017)
    Television by Little Nalu Pictures LLC Producer Comedy InvAsian is both a live and filmed series featuring the nation’s top and most unique six Asian American comedians each performing a one-hour special.

  • Dwayne Perkins: Take Notes

    Dwayne Perkins: Take Notes (2015 - 2016)
    Television by 2Tone Media Group Producer In his debut special, Brooklyn comic Dwayne Perkins breaks down America’s place in the world, the difference between sports and activities and more.

  • #1 Serial Killer

    #1 Serial Killer (2012)
    Film by Killerchink.com Writer/Producer

  • Monster & Me

    Monster & Me (2012)
    Film by Magic Elevator Writer

  • The People I've Slept With

    The People I've Slept With (2011)
    Film by Maya Entertainment Writer/Producer

  • Haunted Highway

    Haunted Highway (2007)
    Film by Lions Gate DVD Co-Writer

Awards

  • Best Thriller, Burbank International Film Festival
    (2013)

  • Semi-Finalist, 2011 Eerie Horror Film Festival Screenplay Competition
    (2011)

  • Finalist, Holiday Screenplay Competition
    (2011)

  • Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival: Rainbow Award Winner
    (2010)

  • Honorable Mention/Finalist, Table Read My Screenplay
    (2010)

  • Quarterfinalist, Cynosure Screenwriting Award
    (2009)

  • Finalist, Asian American Independent Film Festival New York Screenplay Competition
    (2007)

  • New Visions Fellowship, Screenwriting Expo
    (2005)

Education

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