Writer/Producer Koji Steven Sakai, a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Masters of Professional Writing program, is the founder of Little Nalu Pictures LLC.
He has written five feature films that have been produced, Haunted Highway (2006), The People I’ve Slept With (2009), Santa & Me (2013), #1 Serial Killer (2013), and Dying to Kill (2016). In addition, his screenplay, Romeo, Juliet, & Rosaline, was optioned by Amazon Studios.
He has produced three feature films, The People I’ve Slept With, #1 Serial Killer, Dying to Kill; a one-hour comedy special on Starz, Dwayne Perkins: Take Note (2015); Comedy InvAsian (2017), a television series featuring the nation’s top Asian American comedians, and Brash Girls Club (2019), 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. The film was the directorial debut of Arsal Asal and starred Jeanne Lau, Stephen L. Wilson, Sarah Wong Thompson, and Christopher Dionne.
Koji’s debut novel, Romeo & Juliet Vs. Zombies was originally published by Luthando Coeur in 2015, and in audiobook in 2016, his Amazon Kindle World novella, Operation Survive, was released in 2016, and his graphic novel, 442, was released online in 2017 by Stela and in print by Little Nalu Pictures LLC in 2019. His newest novel, Zombie Run, was released in print and ebook in 2019 by Solstice Publishing and his newest graphic novel, Santa Vs. Zombies was released in print in 2019 by Outland Entertainment.
He has held several prestigious fellowships, writing awards, and grants. They include the Screenwriting Expo 4: New Visions Fellowship Award (2005), Visual Communication’s Armed with a Camera (2006), Film Independent’s Project: Involve (2007), The Writers Boot Camp Fellowship (2009), The Producers Guild: Power of Diversity Workshop (2009), California Civil Liberties Public Education Grant (2016), and the Tribecca Film Institute Pond5 Program (2019).
Koji’s passion for writing is only matched by his love to teach others how to do it. He is currently a screenwriting instructor at UCLA Extensions, New York Film Academy in Burbank, and was recently hired as an adjunct professor at Chapman University. In addition, he has launched an introduction to screenwriting course on Udemy.
He lives with his wife, son, and dog in South Pasadena, California.