Stephen Nomura Schible was born and raised in Tokyo. He grew up in a bilingual and international environment — his mother was Japanese, father was American. He moved to New York at the age of 18 to study filmmaking at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. While in school, he served as an assistant director under documentarian Kazuo Hara (THE EMPEROR’S NAKED ARMY MARCHES ON), whose work deeply influenced Michael Moore amongst others.
After graduating from film school in the mid 90’s, Stephen established Borderland Media as he began to work as an international liaison for award-winning Japanese directors such as Shinji Aoyama who helmed EUREKA (winner of the FIPRESCI prize and the Prize of the Ecumentical Jury at the Cannes Film Festival), and Naomi Kawase whose MOE NO SUZAKU won the Camera d’Or at Cannes. Eventually Stephen began to oversee international co-productions filmed in Japan such as H-STORY, directed by Nobuhiro Suwa (M/OTHER), based on the work of Marguerite Duras and set in Hiroshima.
In 2002 and 2003, Stephen Co-Produced LOST IN TRANSLATION, which was filmed entirely on location in Tokyo and Kyoto. Directed by Sofia Coppola, and starring Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray, the film received four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. It won the Oscar for Best Screenplay.
Subsequently, Stephen continued with his producing efforts as he also began his directing career. He collaborated with Eric Clapton on a feature-length music documentary titled ERIC CLAPTON: SESSIONS FOR ROBERT J. The project was made in tribute to blues legend Robert Johnson, Clapton’s foremost musical influence. Stephen's recent film RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA premiered Out of Competition at the Venice Film Festival. Stephen won the prestigious Houchi Film Award Special Prize in Japan for CODA, along with Kitano Takeshi, for his outstanding achievement as a director. RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: async AT THE PARK AVENUE ARMORY, a spin-off project of CODA, will premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in the Berlinale Special section.
Stephen currently resides in New York while continuing to produce, direct, and write creative content for multiple platforms together with a select network of collaborators and clientele.
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