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.
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 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 2017 by Stela and in print by Little Nalu Pictures LLC in 2019. His newest novel, Zombie Run, was released in print and ebook in 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 and/or been awarded several prestigious fellowships, writing awards, and grants. These include, 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), The Producers Guild: Power of Diversity Workshop (2009), California’s Civil Liberties Public Education Program grant (2019), and Tribeca Film Institute and Pond5’s Aspiring Filmmaker Program grant (2019).
In addition to his writing, he produces and co-hosts three podcasts; Slanted View, with Quentin Lee; Best OR Worst Podcast with M. Martin Mapoma; and Guy Code.
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.
He lives with his wife, son, and dog in South Pasadena, California.
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
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
Film by Killerchink.com Writer/Producer
Monster & Me
Film by Magic Elevator Writer
The People I've Slept With
Film by Maya Entertainment Writer/Producer
Film by Lions Gate DVD Co-Writer
Best Thriller, Burbank International Film Festival
Semi-Finalist, 2011 Eerie Horror Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Finalist, Holiday Screenplay Competition
Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival: Rainbow Award Winner
Honorable Mention/Finalist, Table Read My Screenplay
Quarterfinalist, Cynosure Screenwriting Award
Finalist, Asian American Independent Film Festival New York Screenplay Competition
New Visions Fellowship, Screenwriting Expo
University of Southern California