Chihiro Wimbush is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker dedicated to telling stories of empathy, empowerment and positive transformation in the world. He is a former Bay Area Video Coalition Fellow, Sundance Creative Producing Institute invitee, and a participant in the Oakland Hatchlab, and the inaugural On Being Gathering hosted by Krista Tippett, featuring change-makers from around the world.
Chihiro co-directed/co-produced and shot the documentary feature “Dogtown Redemption” spending several years following the lives of homeless shopping cart recyclers in West Oakland. The film went on to win an Audience Award at the Mill Valley Film Festival, aired on Independent Lens on PBS and was nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy in 2017. Chihiro edited the award-winning documentary feature “Changing Season” (for the Center for Asian American Media) about four generations of a Japanese-American peach farming family fighting prejudice in the Central Valley of California which also aired nationally on PBS.
Chihiro served as editor for former San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi on his trilogy of award-winning films following the work of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office: “The Ride,” “Defender” and now “Ricochet” which he also co-directed/produced after Jeff’s passing during production. Chihiro is also co-producing/directing the short documentary “Every Step A Prayer” about a group of Indigenous women leading a series of Healing Walks in the Refinery Corridor of the Bay Area.