top of page





With his first film, the short Rage!, Aaron Woolfolk won a Directors Guild of America award. His short films Eki


and Kuroi Hitsuji won several awards, screened in international film festivals, and played on cable television.


Woolfolk was the recipient of an ABC Talent Development Grant, and was later a Walt Disney Studios/ABC


Entertainment Writing Fellow. With his feature debut The Harimaya Bridge, which he wrote and directed, 


Aaron became the first African American to make a


feature film in Japan, and one of the few non-Asians to


direct a movie in the Japanese entertainment industry. 


The San Francisco Examiner named it "one of the best


films of the year," while The Los Angeles Times called it


"powerful" and "a unique, complex, consciousness-raising 


accomplishment." In addition to theatrical releases in Japan and the United States and several festival


appearances, The Harimaya Bridge was invited to screen at the Smithsonian Institution in Wasshington, DC. 


Aaron's first play, Bronzeville, which he co-wrote, premiered in Los Angeles to a sold-out extended


engagement and was an Ovation Award nominee in the Best Playwriting for an Original Play category. The play


has since had two successful revivials, and will be produced by theater companies in both New York City and


San Francisco. Aaron recently directed and co-wrote the award-winning short film Nico's Sampaguita.



Aaron was born and raised in Oakland, California. He received degrees in both Ethnic Studies and


Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley. After teaching English in rural Japan, he received his


M.F.A. in Film from Columbia University.



Professional Work:



Play, 2009, 130 minutes (revival productions in 2011 and 2013)

Director: Ben Guillory

Writer: Tim Toyama & Aaron Woolfolk

Producer: Robey Theatre Company

Starring: Dwain A. Perry, Adenrele Ojo, Larry Powell, Jeff Manabat, Candice Afia, and CeCe Antoinette




Ovation Award, Best Playwriting for an Original Play (nominee)

NAACP Theatre Award (nominee)



Nico's Sampaguita

Film, 2012, 18 minutes

Director: Aaron Woolfolk

Writers: Esperanza Catubig, Jenney Pauer, Aaron Woolfolk

Producer: Esperanza Catubig, Lisa Chong

Starring: Esperanza Catubig, Darion Basco, JD Charisma, Jon Jon Briones


Notable Screenings:


Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Filipino American Film Festival

Columbia Gorge International Film Festival

Reel Black Men Film Festival

ONEFILAM Film Festival




Vancouver Award



The Harimaya Bridge

Film, 2009, 120 minutes

Director: Aaron Woolfolk

Writer: Aaron Woolfolk

Producer: Ko Mori, Aaron Woolfolk

Starring: Ben Guillory, Saki Takaoka, Misa Shimizu, and Danny Glover


Notable Screenings:


Theatrical Release in Japan (nationwide) and the United States (limited)

The Smithsonian Institution

Hawaii International Film Festival -- Official Selection

Cancun Riviera Maya International Film Festival -- Opening Film

San Diego Asian Film Festival -- Official Selection

African Diaspora Film Festival -- Official Selection

Pan African Film and Arts Festival -- Official Selection




First Time Narrative Feature Award for Directing (Pan African Film and Arts Festival)



Kuroi Hitsuji (Black Sheep)

Film, 1999, 25 minutes

Director: Aaron Woolfolk

Writer: Aaron Woolfolk

Producer: May Lyle, Yasuyuki Takagi

Starring: Jasha Godschilde, Tomoko Omori, Ai Sakamoto, Momoe Nagata


Notable Screenings:


Japan Society Film Series

Maryland Film Festival

Hollywood Black Film Festival

Acapulco Black Film Festival

Urbanworld Film Festival

Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame




Finalist, Directors Guild of America Best Student Filmmaker Award

Finalist, HBO Short Film Competition

Special Achievement in Filmmaking Award, Columbia University

Honorable Mention, National Black Programming Consortium Prized Pieces Award



Eki (The Station)

Film, 1999, 13 minutes

Director: Aaron Woolfolk

Writer: Aaron Woolfolk

Producer: May Lyle, Yasuyuki Takagi

Starring: Jasha Godschilde, Kasumi Nishikawa, Miho Yamamoto, Siuzi Shiroshita


Notable Screenings:


Toronto International Film Festival

Pan African Film Festival

Japan Society Film Series

Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame




Film, 1997, 11 minutes

Director: Aaron Woolfolk

Writer: Aaron Woolfolk

Producer: May Lyle

Starring: James Polk, Michael Regan, Quinn Cassavale, Eric Rudnick


Notable Screenings:


Urbanworld Film Festival

Martha's Flavor Festival

Third Annual Bay Area Multicultural Film/Video Festival




Winner, Directors Guild of America Best Student Filmmaker Award

Best Student Film, Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame



bottom of page