Frank Capra Achievement Award

While many people in the biz have stuck to the short and simple road, third-term DGA board member Kim Kurumada has done the opposite.

His hard work on various guild committees has led him to the Capra kudo, given to an assistant director or unit production manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the DGA.

“The original appeal I saw was … how a member could (bring about) change, whether it be a small fracture or a major injustice, if they saw fit to,” Kurumada says. “You don’t enjoy the victory as much if you are on the sideline.”

A participant in the guild’s contract negotiations last year, Kurumada feels the talks didn’t conclude as quickly as everyone seemed to think, but asserts the DGA benefited from being prepared.

“Lots of research and time was put into planning out these negotiations, so we knew what we were talking about,” he says. “We also saw these as unique negotiations, and we said we might need to look at it from a unique standpoint.”

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