Writer/Producer Koji Steven Sakai is the founder of Little Nalu Pictures LLC . He has written five feature films that have been produced, including the indie hit, The People I’ve Slept With. He also produced three feature films; a one-hour comedy special on Starz, Comedy InvAsian, a television series featuring the nation’s top Asian American comedians; and Brash Girls Club, a limited comedy series, which premiered on Tubi TV. Most recently, he wrote and produced a feature film, Last Girl, which is currently in post-production.
Koji’s debut novel, Romeo & Juliet Vs. Zombies (paperback/audiobook); his graphic novel, 442 (online and in print); his newest novel, Zombie Run (print and ebook); and his newest graphic novel, Santa Vs. Zombies, was released in print in the winter.
In addition to his writing, he produces and hosts three podcasts; Guy Code; Best OR Worst Podcast with M. Martin Mapoma; and Midnight Watchers with Quentin Lee and Jennifer Field. And is currently a screenwriting instructor at UCLA Extensions and at the New York Film Academy in Burbank.
5 films, 5 figures who changed the landscape of American baseball.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀JACKIE ROBINSON broke color barriers and league records as the first African American baseball player in the MLB. His story of triumph through adversity changed not only baseball, but America too.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀HIDEO NOMO left a successful baseball career in Japan without so much as a Major League contract in America. But his success within his first season with the Dodgers opened the door for other Japanese players in the US.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
CHAN HO PARK arrived in Los Angeles from Korea in 1992. His presence on and off the field positioned him as a figure of hope for Korean Americans during a difficult time.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
FERNANDO VALENZUELA known for “the screwball,” credited his signature pitch to East LA native and fellow Dodger, Bobby Castillo. Valenzuela brought together the Latin community over Fernandomania.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
TOMMY LASORDA managed the Dodgers for 20 seasons. In his own words, he wants to work for the Dodgers even when he’s “dead and gone.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Hosts Koji Steven Sakai brings one of his best friends music producer Brian Watters. They both gave life advice and how it helped them in their own respective creative careers. Brian mentioned something that Koji needs to work on which is forgiving others/themselves. I have a feeling lots of us need to do that! And of course, Koji’s last advice is to masturbate regularly — which is the second time he’s mentioned that one! Enjoy the episode and tell us which was your favorite piece of life advice!
Hosts Koji Steven Sakai and M. Martin Mapoma invited writer/director Jen Celotta to talk about the best or worst day of her life. Jen has worked on amazing shows such as Office, Space Force, and Cobra Kai.
Do you think we asked her about her best or her worst day? Hint: It involves snakes, Japan, and unexploded mines.
Hosts Koji Steven Sakai, Quentin Lee, and Jennifer Field watched the 2018 sequel slasher film The Strangers: Prey at Night. This is probably the most recent midnight film so far in the podcast and by far one of Koji’s favorites.
Synopsis of the film: Mike and his wife Cindy take their son and daughter on a road trip that becomes their worst nightmare. The family members soon find themselves in a desperate fight for survival when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park that’s mysteriously deserted — until three masked psychopaths show up to satisfy their thirst for blood.
Have you ever wanted to write your own movie or wondered what it takes to write one? In this educational and FUN four hour-ish workshop, I’ll teach you the basics of movie screenplays, how to properly structure and format them, how to begin to write your own stories, and an honest insiders take on the movie business from a working screenwriter and producer with almost twenty years of experience.
You’ll walk away not only with the tools to begin to write movies, but you’ll leave with the beginnings of your own story. This is a great introduction for those interested in a possible career in film but also for those who love movies and want a one-of-kind experience.
I have written five feature films that have been produced. I also produced three feature films; a one-hour comedy special on Starz, Comedy InvAsian, a television series featuring the nation’s top Asian American comedians; and Brash Girls Club, a limited comedy series, which premiered on Tubi TV. The only thing I love more than writing is teaching it. I am currently a screenwriting instructor at UCLA Extensions, the New York Film Academy in Burbank, and most recently Chapman University.
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To help me launch this class, I’m looking for 4 people to take the class and write a — hopefully good — review in a timely manner (within a few weeks). If you are interested, please hit me up at ksakai1(at)gmail.com and let me know why you want to take the class.
Hosts Koji Steven Sakai and M. Martin Mapoma bring on activist Ann Burroughs to discuss her best or Wost day. Ann’s past is exceptional and we don’t want to give it away in the description, but it involves apartheid, Nelson Mandela, and prison! Enjoy one of our favorite episodes.
Comedian, writer, and podcaster Chris Jonesy Jones gives us his best life advice. One of our favorites is about how we are all running a program (our culture) and that we have to look beyond that. Lots of insightful stuff. You can follow Jonesy here: https://www.instagram.com/funnyjones/
Hosts Koji Steven Sakai and M. Martin Mapoma brought in Canadian broadcaster and radio host Andrew Willis to talk about his best or worst day/moment of his life. Guess which one we asked him? Hint: Can Andrew be himself on the radio? Or does he have to be someone else to be successful?
This week Koji Steven Sakai, Quentin Lee, and Jennifer Field watched the 2004 Thai classic horror film, Shutter . Quentin dropped horror film knowledge, Jennifer talked about the film itself, and Koji actually liked the film this time (surprise!)
We watched Shutter on Netflix and Vudu.
Here is a quick synopsis: After hitting a young woman with her car, Jane (Natthaweeranuch Thongmee) and her photographer boyfriend, Tun (Ananda Everingham), begin seeing a shadowy figure haunting the background of Tun’s photographs. Concerned that the figure is the vengeful spirit of the young woman from the accident, Jane does some research and soon discovers that the girl was named Natre (Achita Sikamana) and had been a classmate of Tun’s. As the haunting continues, Jane uncovers a shocking secret.