Masako Tsumura

documentary filmmaker, producer

MA, Media Studies

Masako Tsumura worked as a local producer for a variety of major Japanese TV networks, including Fuji TV, TV Tokyo, and NHK. She was the editor for ‘Arakimentari’ (2004), a feature documentary about Nobuyoshi Araki, a Japanese photographer. ‘Arakimentari’ won the Best Editing Award at the Honolulu International Film Festival, and the Audience Award at the Brooklyn International Film Festival. In 2008, she completed ‘Fire Under the Snow’, her own feature documentary about the Ven. Palden Gyatso, a Tibetan monk who was imprisoned and tortured for 33 years under Chinese rule. ‘Fire Under the Snow’ was shown at dozens of film festivals around the world, including Tribeca Film Festival, Pusan, and IDFA. The film was distributed theatrically in Japan in 2010.  She recently produced the documentary ‘The Birth of Sake,’ directed by Erik Shirai.

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The MA in Media Studies gives students experience in creative media making, critical analysis, and entrepreneurialism. The Media Management MS offers the practical experience you need to succeed in today's media industries. The Documentary Studies Certificate program provides an opportunity to study documentary filmmaking in a small, tightly focused program. The Media Management Certificate Program provides a strong foundation of management principles and leadership skills to find work in the ever-changing global media landscape.