Brendan Uegama


Brendan Uegama is a young, successful Canadian cinematographer, director of photography and independent filmmaker born and raised in Tsawwassen, British Columbia. He currently works out of Toronto running his own production company, Black Tree Pictures Inc.

Building a career from scratch with no direct contacts, Uegama pursued numerous projects soon established a reputation for his professionalism, hard work and superior skills.

His success in the industry has earned him numerous awards and accolades including the Kick Start 2009 Award from the Directors Guild of Canada. He was also the co-producer and creative director of an annual 48-hour film festival and competition in Vancouver that ran for three consecutive years.

Uegama's impressive list of projects includes narrative feature films, documentaries, music videos and commercial productions. His recent credits include two commercials for Harley Davidson featuring renowned Canadian actor, Dan Aykroyd. He is currently undertaking a personal project, tracing his ancestry and documenting the lives of Japanese Canadians who were interned during WWII. His own father and grandparents were victims of the internment back in the 1940s. He is also directing a fantasy short film Henry's Glasses based on the stories of these Japanese Canadians.

He graduated with top honours at Vancouver's Capilano College and was named to the Dean's list. Later in his career, Uegama returned to the college and to the British Columbia Institute of Technology to teach part time. He also volunteers and helps within the Japanese Canadian community and is a member of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) in Toronto. At the JCCC, Uegama volunteers as a cinematographer with the Sedai committee, documenting interviews for their archival projects. He also serves as an advisor to the JCCC's nikkeiFLIX Film Series, a new monthly film program exploring the history, issues and culture of Japanese immigrants and their descendants.

Uegama believes film to be the most influential art form today with great powers to educate, impact and develop culture to the masses.

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Films by Brendan Uegama