Jin Yoo-Kim

Korean Bolivian American

InterSection Films, LLC

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Jin Yoo-Kim is a Korean-Bolivian-American independent film producer currently producing Manzanar, Diverted (dir. Ann Kaneko), a feature documentary exploring California water issues through the eyes of Native American, Japanese American WWI incarcerees, and environmentalist experiences. She co-produced A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem (dir. Yu Gu, Tribeca ‘19, Hot Docs ‘19, Independent Lens), and K-town ’92 (dir. Grace Lee, PBS World Channel). Jin served as the digital engagement impact producer for Waking Dream (dir. Theo Rigby, Indie Lens Storycast / PBS Digital Studios), and was the LA theatrical impact producer for Blowin' Up (dir. Stephanie Wang Breal, Tribeca ‘18, Hot Docs ‘18, PBS POV & Amazon in Fall 2019). In the past, Jin worked with director Rory Kennedy on Take Every Wave: The Life Of Laird Hamilton (Sundance ‘17, Hulu, IFC films). She is a 2020-21 Sundance Creative Producers Fellow and a 2020 Film Independent Doc Lab fellow. She pitched at Big Sky Pitch at Big Sky Film Festival 2020, and was a 2017 Firelight Media Impact Producing Fellow. She received her MFA in Film from USC and a BA in Psychology and Cinema & Media Studies from Wellesley College. When she's not working, Jin is eating her way through LA, growing an edible garden to share with her husband and son.

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From the majestic peaks of the snow-capped Sierras to the parched valley of Payahuunadü, “the land of flowing water,” Manzanar, Diverted poetically weaves together memories of intergenerational women. Native Americans, Japanese-American World War II incarcerees, and environmentalists form an unexpected alliance to defend their land and water from Los Angeles.  We are currently in post-production and actively fundraising to finish the film and build the impact campaign. We are supported by JustFilms, National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites, Center for Asian American Media, California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, VisionMaker Media, JACL,  Metabolic Studio, UCLA Aratani CARE, UC Riverside.

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