John Nakashima

John Nakashima


Other Roles: Independent Filmmaker

Areas of Focus: Documentaries


John Nakashima has produced, directed, shot, and edited documentaries and music programs for West Virginia Public Television since 1977. His work explores West Virginia culture in the widest sense – including visual & performing arts, traditional & modern culture, historical and contemporary issues. The First 1,000 Days (2015) received a regional Emmy and for it Nakashima was also awarded the Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers of WV. In 2013, he was awarded the West Virginia Filmmaker of the Year award by the WV Filmmakers Festival. Nakashima has edited five documentaries that have won regional Emmys including Frank Kearns: American Correspondent, the story of a CBS foreign correspondent, later accused of working for the CIA during the Cold War. He produced/edited contemporary music performance programs including an early HD series of Mountain Stage, the NPR Americana music program. Nakashima was instrumental in this PBS\’s station\’s focus on the development of local documentaries. He is producing George Nakashima, Woodworker as an independent.