Changing Season: On the Masumoto Family Farm


Changing Season: On the Masumoto Family Farm Premieres On PBS May 2016! Check your local PBS station for airdates.

NOW STREAMING May 4-July 4, 2016 on

Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival, 1:30pm June 18, 2016

KVIE Television in Sacramento, 5:15pm April 25, 2016

21th Chicago Asian American Showcase, 8pm April 11, 2016

SF IndieFest, 2:15pm February 20, 7pm February 25, 2016

Hawaii International Film Festival, 4:15pm November 14, 11am November 15, 7:30pm November 22, 2015

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, 8pm November 20, 2015.

San Diego Asian Film Festival, 1pm November 7, 2015.

Smithsonian Food History Weekend (Washington D.C.), 3:30pm, October 24, 2015

SPUR (San Francisco), 6pm August 5, 2015.

Masumoto Family Farm, 7:30-10:30pm, July 11, 2015.

New Parkway Theater (Oakland) Doc Night, 7pm June 23, 2015. Post-film Q&A with director Jim Choi and editor Chihiro Wimbush.

Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival, May 30, 2015. Official Documentary Selection, to screen at 5:45pm. Winner of Best Feature Documentary.

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, April 28 and April 29, 2015. Director Jim Choi wins Best Director for a Documentary Award at the festival.

Changing Season: On the Masumoto Family Farm world premiered on March 20, 2015 at the Oakland Museum of California as part of CAAMFest 2015.


Best Feature Documentary, Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival, 2015

Best Director for a Documentary, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, 2015



“How many harvests do you have in you?” is the perennial echo that reverberates across the Masumoto Family farm. Changing Season: On the Masumoto Family Farm chronicles a transitional year-in-the-life of famed farmer, slow food advocate, and sansei, David “Mas” Masumoto, and his compelling relationship with daughter Nikiko, who returns to the family farm with the intention of stepping into her father’s work boots. Mas’ hopes and hesitations for the future are shored up with his daughter’s return, as the family must navigate the implications of Mas’ 60th birthday and triple bypass surgery. The film is interspliced with moments of Nikiko’s razor sharp meditations on her family’s internment during WWII and her role as a queer, progressive farmer in the Central Valley. – Sierra Lee


Jim Choi

Jim Choi (Director) emigrated to the Washington D.C. area as a child. Being a 1.5 generation Korean American, his youth was spent witnessing the sacrifices immigrants make in order to adapt to a new country. He is intimately aware of the disenfranchisement experienced by those who are under represented and is dedicated to creating media that cultivates agency for those that do not have access to the levers of power.

As an alumnus of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has always brought a fine artist’s perspective to story telling. Produced through the historic Kearny Street Workshop, he is one of the founding curators of the first multidisciplinary Asian American arts exposition, APAture. Created to provide a venue for emerging artists from the Asian American community, it spawned other media endeavors like Hyphen magazine and the arts venue Locus Arts.

Choi’s most recent directorial credit is Don’t Lose Your Soul, an intimate profile of Anthony Brown and Mark Izu ,the founders of the Asian American Jazz Festival. A selection of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, it aired on KQED in San Francisco and was offered nationally on public television. He served as the Director of Photography on the IFP Gotham Audience Award winning Jake Shimabukuro: Life On Four Strings. His work on Lost and Found: Legacy of USS Lagarto garnered an Emmy nomination in the cinematography category.

Chihiro Wimbush

Chihiro Wimbush (Editor) is an Oakland-based documentary and narrative filmmaker. Wimbush is a 2012 Sundance Creative Producing Institute Fellow and a 2011 Bay Area Video Coalition Media Maker Fellow. He has worked on a wide range of media projects around the world including baseball in Cambodia, AIDS orphans in South Africa, homeless bakers in Appalachia, students with disabilities in Guangzhou, China, and the dalits (untouchables) in India.

Wimbush has spent the past half-decade as co-director (with Amir Soltani) and cinematographer on a documentary feature, Dogtown Redemption, about homeless shopping cart recyclers in West Oakland, California.This project has been supported by the Sundance Institute, California Council of Humanities, San Francisco Foundation, Pacific Pioneer Fund, and is a project of the San Francisco Film Society.

He has also worked in narrative film; as writer/director he created two short films, Cross Fader and Double Features, both of which played at numerous festivals across North America. Chihiro served as a production manager or as a producer for three narrative feature films for the Center for Asian American Media, working with directors Wayne Wang, Richard Wong, and HP Mendoza. Jim Choi and Chihiro Wimbush has previously worked together as co-directors of Don’t Lose Your Soul.

Before focusing on filmmaking, Chihiro was a musician, DJ, as well as radio host and producer. He co-founded APA Compass, an Asian-American public affairs program and hosted the world music program, “Your Blue Room” for eight years, sharing music and interviews from an international array of musicians.

The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. CAAM does this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media. For more information on CAAM, please visit


Changing Season: On the Masumoto Family Farm Premieres on PBS May 2016 (updated release as of 4/13/2016)


David “Mas” Masumoto and Nikiko Masumoto. Still from Changing Season: On the Masumoto Family Farm.
Nikiko Masumoto and her father David “Mas” Masumoto. Still from Changing Season: On the Masumoto Family Farm.

Additional photos:

Director Jim Choi. Photo credit: Alan Sanchez.
Editor Chihiro Wimbush and Director Jim Choi with Mas Masumoto. Photo credit: Alan Sanchez
The Masumoto Family. Photo credit: Staci Valentine
Mas Masumoto. Photo credit: Staci Valentine
Nikiko Masumoto. Photo credit: Staci Valentine


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‘Changing Season’ Looks at Four Generations of the Masumoto Family Peach Farm (KQED Forum, August 4, 2016)

“Changing Season: On the Masumoto Family Farm” Documentary to Air Nationally (Valley Public Radio, April 19, 2016)

Changing Season: A Screening on the Masumoto Family Farm

Changing Season‘s Jim Choi Wins Best Director Award at LA Asian Pacific Film Festival

Nikiko’s Blog: Camera in the Field” – an essay by Nikiko Masumoto.

Honoring the Masumotos: A Peach essay and recipe” – an essay by Mas Masumoto and recipe by Marcy Masumoto, reprinted with permission from The Perfect Peach by Marcy Masumoto, Nikiko Masumoto, and David Mas Masumoto (Ten Speed Press, 2013).

This program is a co-production of CAAM with Director Jim Choi with major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.