Yuri Makino is an award-winning writer-director of documentary and fiction short films, which have screened at dozens of national and international venues. Yuri received her MFA from the Graduate Film Program at New York University and a BA with Highest Honors in Film Studies and in German Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, where she works as an independent filmmaker and Associate Professor in Media Arts at the University of Arizona.
Yuri recently completed a short film based on Alma, her feature-length script, which was awarded semi-finalist status at the 1999 Sundance Institute Feature Film Lab, the 2000 Roy W. Dean Grant, two grants from the Amazon Foundation, and various grants from the University of Arizona.
Yuri received a Hanson Film Institute grant and an Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist project grant to fund 111 Degrees Longitude, a video collaboration being produced with a Montana filmmaker. Her poetic documentary, Tokyo Equinox, completed in 2004, has had more than 20 screenings nationally and internationally. In 2003, she was awarded the Arizona International Film Festival Best of Arizona Award and an Honorable Mention from University Film and Video Association for Llama Walks, a personal documentary about her family. In 1999, Ms. Makino was the recipient of the Arizona Commission on the Arts Visual Fellowship for her narrative short, Umeboshi (Pickled Plums).