A native of northern California, DEAN YAMADA is an Associate Professor at Biola University. Persimmon marks his fourth collaboration with students shooting overseas. Their previous film, Jitensha (Bicycle), premiered internationally at the 66th Venice Film Festival, screened at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival and has won numerous awards. Dean loves to travel and has enjoyed eating guinea pig in Peru, raw horse in Japan and mutton in Mongolia.