NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES, USA // Editor Akiko Iwakawa is a pillar of the New York advertising and film community, known for her bold, anthemic films that are continuously at the forefront of genre and technique.
Her contributions as an editor include prominent, brand-defining campaigns for Adidas, Converse, Pepsi, Johnnie Walker, and Gillette with collaborators that have included artists and directors ranging from Hiro Murai and Matt Lambert to Chris Milk, Jonah Hill, and the late Nagi Noda.
The daughter of theater actors, Akiko moved to US from her home country Japan when she was fifteen. She studied cinema at NYU Tisch School of Art, where she began her path in filmmaking through editing.
Beyond advertising, Akiko’s film credits include working with Zach Heinzerling on the Academy Award-nominated documentary feature "Cutie and the Boxer,” the deeply personal "The Happy Film" directed by Stefan Sagmeister and Ben Nabors, as well as music videos for Johnny Cash, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Vampire Weekend. Her most recent documentary work, Netflix’s series “Lenox Hill” is due to be released in April 2020.