Film Director

Retsu Motoyoshi is an award winning filmmaker based in NY. He studied film directing at the School of Visual Arts in NY, where he made a couple of narrative and documentary films, with focuses on the interpersonal relations against the background of the present society and the culture. His film “the day, the summer” was screened at the NEW FILMMAKERS and the Williamsburg International Film Festival, and his documentary “The Changing Tradition”, thematically related to “the day, the summer”, was given the best short documentary award at the NY EURASIAN FILM FESTIVAL. In 2012, he joined the producing team for the sequel of the award winning feature documentary “Herb & Dorothy 50X50”, which was widely distributed and well received in the US and Japan. Retsu is currently developing his new narrative film “Dirty Cloth”.

CREDIT: Producing


Herb & Dorothy 50X50

Feature Documentary

The follow-up film of the  award winning documentary HERB & DOROTHY(2008). The film captures the last chapter of the Vogel’s extraordinary life and their gift to he nation.


Herb & Dorothy 50X50

Developed as the follow-up film to award-winning documentary HERB & DOROTHY (2008) , HERB & DOROTHY 50X50 captures the last chapter of the Vogel’s extraordinary life and their gift to the nation, raising various questions on art, and what it takes to support art in today’s society. In 2008, legendary art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel made an announcement that stunned the art world. Known and loved as a retired postal worker (Herb) and librarian (Dorothy) who built a world-class art collection on their humble salaries, the Vogels launched a national gift project with the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington DC that would constitute one of the largest gifts in the history of American art: to give a total of 2,500 artworks to museums in all fifty states.