WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER OF BASEBALL BEHIND BARBED WIRE
Yuriko Gamo Romer began her career as a Madwoman on Madison Avenue. She transitioned her films from seconds to minutes and longer and is now an award-winning director, producer, and editor of independent documentary films. She has just released her short documentary BASEBALL BEHIND BARBED WIRE about the WWII Japanese American incarceration told through the lens of baseball and is currently in post-production with the accompanying feature documentary Diamond Diplomacy, about US-Japan international relations through a shared love of baseball. Her previous feature, Mrs. Judo, was a biographical documentary about Keiko Fukuda (1913-2013), the first woman to attain a tenth-degree black belt in judo. Mrs. Judo traveled to more than 25 film festivals internationally and was awarded the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the 2013 International Festival of Sports Films in Moscow and broadcast nationally on PBS. Romer was born in Japan and immigrated to the United States as a young child. She is bilingual, bicultural, and has been deeply connected with art since early childhood. She holds an M.A. in documentary filmmaking from Stanford University, where she was a teaching fellow, a National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Scholar, and received a Student Academy Award Gold.