Film Director, Screenwriter, Actor/Comedian. Born in Japan and raised in the U.S., Ogata has also worked in Europe. Graduate of Harvard and MIT, Ogata’s screenplays received funding in Germany and Holland. He appeared weekly as a comedian on Dutch TV. His comedy feature“Cast Me If You Can” was released theatrically and screened in airlines and on TV. Ogata expanded into web series with“Yukata Cowboy” and its spin-offs, and stand-up comedy.
Having graduated with a M.S. in Visual Studies from the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT, Atsushi was invited as fellow at the Academy of Media Arts in
Cologne, Germany, and has also been commissioned for the Echigo-Tsumai Art Triennial in Japan through the Art Front Gallery. His art videos and collaborative installations (with
C.M. Judgeand with
Anna Davis) have been screened and awarded at festivals and museums world-wide, including the Reina Sofia Museum Madrid, Museum of Modern Art New York and the Venice Bienniale
Atsushi received screenwriting grants from ZDF Germany pubic TV, Nordrhein-Westfalen Film Fund and the Netherlands Film Fund for his screenplays. He participated in
North by Northwest, Media II Northern European Screenwriting Program and the Maurits Binger Film Institute, both taught by USC Screenwriting professors.
Trained in acting at HB Studio in New York, Atsushi has appeared weekly as a comedian on the "Mike & Thomas Show" on VARA, Dutch national TV 2005-2007.
Trained in directing at NYU, Maine Media Workshop and with Judith Weston and collaborating with graduates of the Netherlands Film Academy, Atsushi has been directing
Eternally Yours, Atsushi’s short film, was selected for the prestigious New Directors/New Films Festival 2007 in New York at the MoMA & the Lincoln Center and won awards at festivals in Bangkok,
Boston and LA.
youcan, Atsushi’s feature film debut, premiered at the 13th Shanghai International Film Festival Asian New Talent Competition. It has been released
theatrically nation-wide in 16 cities in Japan and San Francisco, released also on Amazon and i-Tunes in North America in 2012 and screened on Russian, Chinese and Australian airlines, broadcast
on 4 channels on Japanese television and published as a novel.
Trick or Treat: I LOVE America!, Atsushi's collaborative satire with MEGWIN TV, which he wrote and directed for Halloween in 2014, had more than 77,000 viewers on its
launching weeks and was selected for the official YouTube Japan channel. It was awarded Best Creative Idea and Best Cinematography at the Rome Web Awards in 2015.
Yukata Cowboy®, Atsushi's one-man online comedy series filmed with his iPhone, was awarded in Sicily, Miami, Bilbao, Dublin, Rome, Montreal, Seoul and Washington D.C., ranking #12 in Web
Series World Cup 2015. It was theatrically released in Japan and also turned into a bilingual book in Japanese and English.
Mona Lisa Cowboy, the first spin-off series of Yukata Cowboy ®, premiered at Webfest Berlin in September 2017. It has also screened at UK Web Fest (London),
Bilbao Seriesland (Spain), Rio Web Fest (Brazil) and Dub Web Fest (Ireland). The Japanese Embassy in Dublin has also endorsed it for their Ireland-Japan 60th Year Celebration in conjunction with
the Dub Web Fest. Atsushi was awarded Best Actor (Star AMETS) at Bilbao Seriesland 2017, and "Mona Lisa Cowboy" was awarded Special Jury Prize at DC Web Fest 2018.
Lost & Found
Cowboy the second spin-off series of Yukata Cowboy ® was awarded Best Comedy TV Episode Award at Portland Comedy Film Festival, Best Pilot
Award at Asia Web Awards 2019 and Best Editing Award at Apulia Web Fest (Italy). Lead actress/choreographer Kellie Holway was awarded Best Rising Star in at Seoul Web Fest 2019.
Season 1streams world-wide via Twisted Mirror TV ranked #3 in viewership for Sept. 2020.
Lost & Found Cowboy Season 2won 2nd place in the web series category at the 14th Jaipur International Film Festival 2022 (India). Lead actress Xana del Mar was Best Actress in Comedy by the Asia Web
Awards 2021 (Korea), and other lead actress Laerke Charlottte Olsvig was awarded Best Rising Star at the Seoul Web Fest 2021 (Korea). LOST & FOUND COWBOY Season 2 was also
awarded Unstoppable Indie Series Award at Bilbao Seriesland 2021 (Spain), International Alumni Award at Minnesota Web Fest 2021 (USA) and Honorable Mention at DC Web Fest 2021 (USA). It ranked #12 in Web Series World Cup
Atsushi has also taught screenwriting and acting/directing workshops at YouTube Space Tokyo and has been invited as a guest speaker at various colleges and festivals. In 2020,
Atsushi was awarded Michael Ajakwe Jr. Pioneer Award at the Marseille Web Fest in France for his contribution to the field of web series.
Atsushi has been performing LIVE
stand up comedyabout his cross-cultural misadventures in Tokyo, Boston, Los Angeles and online during the Covid 'lockdown'.