Best or Worst Pod Episode #93 Getting to Know Filmmaker Tamara Ruppart

This week hosts Koji Steven Sakai and M. Martin Mapoma brought on filmmaker Tamara Ruppart. In this first episode of the week, we got to know Tamara and found out about her first film, her time teaching in Japan, and most importantly we learned all about Japanese “Love” Motels.


Tamara Ruppart has worked as a director, producer and actor in both theater and film. Film/TV directing credits include the documentary Rising Soul, the Japanese-language film short Path of Dreams, and Season 1 of The Kool School (web series for youth education).  Path of Dreams won numerous awards including Best Short and the Award of Excellence at the Winter Film Awards, Best Short Film at Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival, and the Director’s Choice Award at the Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival. She is in development with two feature films, and, in 2021, will be mounting the Los Angeles production of Broken Story for New York City’s White Horse Theater Company.  Ms. Ruppart studied Digital Filmmaking at New York Film Academy in Los Angeles; and received a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from The New School for Drama and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Davidson College, North Carolina.

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