DepartmentCinema and Media Arts Department
Biola AffiliationsEmployee, Faculty


  • M.F.A., University of Southern California
  • B.A., University of Southern California


Dean Yamada received his MFA in film production from the University of Southern California. His thesis film, The Nisei Farmer, earned him the grand prize for best short film at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Dean now works as a professor in Biola’s Cinema and Media Arts Dept., focusing in production and post-production.

As part of his CMA course load, Dean brings classes of students abroad to make films as part of an Interterm off-campus course, allowing them to collaborate on a film produced overseas. Their first effort, Mujo No Kaze, shot in Tokyo, went on to win 1st Prize at the Inigo Film Fesitval in Sydney, Australia. View film.

Their second collaboration, Jitensha (Bicycle), premiered internationally at the 66th Venice Film Festival, and has taken Dean to some of the most prestigious film festivals in the world to accept numerous festival awards. View trailer. As part of additional Biola off-campus film course, Dean led a team of 10 Biola film students to Berlin to shoot a short film.

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