Masahiro Sugano

Masahiro Sugano received his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BA from California State University, Northridge. He joined the department's part-time faculty in Fall 2007 to teach Advanced Video Editing and Communication Practices.

Sugano is an accomplished director/filmmaker whose work has appeared at the Sundance Film Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Asian American Film Festivals.

His film, Second Moon, appeared at Chicago's Gene Siskel film center in 2006. Described as having a Tarantino-esque flare, Second Moon is the story of a gentleman named Q, who works as an agent for an organization called "Art of Love." The organization is responsible for facilitating torrid affairs between men and women who desire to leave their husbands.

When he is not writing, directing, or teaching, Masahiro enjoys road trips to the Pacific Coast, tiramisu, and the novels of author Osamu Dazai.

When asked of his teaching philosophy, Masahiro replied, "No knowledge is absolute."

* Excerpt from the website of Loyola University, where he is part-time faculty in the School of Communication (www.luc.edu/soc)

Updated July 2009

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