Darryl Knickrehm

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Darryl Knickrehm
Born (1980-01-30) January 30, 1980 (age 37)
California, United States
Occupation film director, writer, editor, illustrator
Years active 2003 – present
Website http://www.dariru.com

Darryl Knickrehm is an American director, writer, and editor based in Japan.

In 2007, he was the organizer and co-founder of the Kansai International Film Festival.[1][2] It was the first film festival in Japan to exclusively feature Japanese films by Western film makers.[3]

In 2013, Darryl co-founded the speculative fiction and film magazine Waylines Magazine.[4] He is currently the co-publisher, co-editor and illustrator.[5]

Film career[edit]

After majoring in film at Chapman University, Darryl moved to Japan and set up his production group DK PRO.[6] He then made films with the aim to blend the traditions of America and Japan.[7]

In 2007, The Laborer was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Miami Short Film Festival[6] and best Asian-Themed Film at Dragon Con Independent Film Festival.[8]

Also in 2007, to coincide with the Kansai International Film Festival, he made the documentary, Deadline: A Magazine Bridging the Gap, about Kansai Time Out magazine.


Film festival organizer[edit]

In 2007, while organizing a screening for his films, Darryl met writer, Matthew Kaufman, who was developing a presentation for Kansai Time Out magazine, which led to the development of the Kansai International Film Festival.[9] The Kansai International Film Festival was held at Planet Station in Osaka, Japan with funding from the Osaka Prefectural government. It was the first festival in Japan to exclusively feature Japanese films by western film makers.[3] Darryl also became the first western member of Planet Station.

While the festival was a success, and despite hopes for a second year, the festival did not return for another year.[10]

Editing career[edit]

Darryl started Waylines Magazine in 2013 with David Rees-Thomas after years of writing and talking about science fiction together.[11] It was launched as a professional paying magazine after a successful kickstarter campaign.[12] Waylines is the first online speculative fiction magazine to feature both short fiction and short films.

Darryl is currently the co-publisher and co-editor with David.[5]


  1. ^ Variety (July 7, 2007). "Osaka launches debut Kansai film fest". via Variety Asia. Archived from the original on February 9, 2012. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  2. ^ Cinematical (July 14, 2007). "Cultures to Clash at Kansai Film Fest". via Cinematical. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
  3. ^ a b Movies Online (July 7, 2007). "The 2007 Kansai International Film Festival". via Movies Online. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  4. ^ Sf Signal (January 31, 2013) "Waylines Magazine Is Here!"
  5. ^ a b Duotrope (January 31, 2013). "Duotrope Listing". via Duotrope. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  6. ^ a b Japan Visitor (August 8, 2007). "Interview: "Rodosha" Director Darryl Knickrehm". via Japan Visitor. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  7. ^ Twitch (April 29, 2007). "The Films of Darryl Knickrehm". via Twitch. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  8. ^ DCI Film Festival. "2007 Film Awards". via DCI Film Festival. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  9. ^ Why Not Japan. "Face of the Month No 21". via Why Not Japan. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  10. ^ Metropolis (April 21, 201). "Go West Young Man". via Metropolis. Retrieved 2013-08-10.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  11. ^ Alisa Alering (November 12, 2012). "Waylines Magazine - A Look Inside". via Alisa Alering. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  12. ^ Kickstarter (November 7, 2012). "Waylines Magazine". via Alisa Alerign. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 

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