Kevin, Attended Columbia College in Hollywood, California, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Motion Pictures. 


He has studied under the tutelage of some of the best in the business, Such as the great T.V. Producer, Aaron Spelling. Writer (Beverly Hills Cop) Danilo Bach. 


At the age of 20, he produced his first dramatic feature “The Final Incident” that ran for two weeks at the Laemmle Santa Monica Theatre. Film critic Emanuel Levy from The Village Voice called it “Emotionally Gripping,” “Truly Frightening.”


Kevin is an Award Winning filmmaker who has extensive experience in the movie industry both as a producer, director, and editor. Kevin’s 2nd credits as a producer was “The Ultimate Game,” a Martial Arts action adventure, produced for the video market that sold worldwide. 


Kevin also produced and directed documentary films on martial arts called “Empty Hand”  about Four competitors who train to fight against their toughest rivals as they struggle to become the next National Karate Kid Champion, which premiered at the Academy Awards accredited film festival DOC NYC. Available on Amazon Prime and “The Real Miyagi,” Winner of 7 international film awards, Starring Steven Seagal, Dolph Lundgren, Micheal Jai White that depicts the life of the greatest karate master of our generation. Now available on NETFLIX worldwide.

His latest feature documentary "Make America Laugh Again" opened theatrically in N.Y and L.A. with favorable reviews also winning the Audience award at the prestigious CINEQUEST.

"Make America Laugh Again" qualified for the 91st Academy Awards in 2019.     


He is currently directing a feature on the Oscar Nominated actor Pat Morita


Kevin has also dedicated his life to the art of karate and hold a black belt in three deferent styles.


He is also a two-time TELLY Award Winner


Kevin is currently The Festival director for the prestigious Irvine International Film Festival. Last year alone, 11 of the festival’s Official Selections were shortlisted for Academy Awards, with nine Oscar nominations between them. Seven-time Emmy winning actor Ed Asner (Up, The Mary Tyler Moore Show), Academy Award-winning director John G. Avildsen (Rocky), Oscar-Nominated Director Mark Rydell (On Golden Pond). Oscar-Winning Actor Martin Landau ( Ed Wood) all of whom received Lifetime Achievement Awards at IIFF. 




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2019 Cinequest [54] - Audience Award Best Documentary 

2019 L.A. Edge Film Awards [55] Best Documentary Feature 

2016 Winter fest awards [7] - Best Documentary Feature 

2015 Asian Pacific American Film [8] - Best Documentary and Audience Award 

2015 Canada International Film Festival [9] - Raising Star Award  

2015 Action On film Fest [10] - Best Documentary Feature, Best Editing & Best Director

2015 Arizona Underground Film Festival [11] - Best Documentary Feature



Kung Fu Kingdom [50] (USA) Janurary 2018 by: Ramon Youseph 

Black Belt Magazine (USA) March 2017 by: Patrick Xavier, 

Los Angeles Times [21]  9 January 2014, by: Michael Miller, "Moviemaker looking to sweep the board"

Tae Kwon Do Times [19] - Page 25-27 Volume 36 No.6 Issue 214

Lloydminster Source [20] (Canada) 12 May 2015, by: Josef Jacobson, "The life of a karate master"

Budo International [22]  May 2014, Issue. May, pg. 78-103, by: Don Warrener, "The Real Miyagi"

Black Belt Magazine (USA) December 2010, Vol. 48, Iss. 12, pg. 73-76, by: Patrick Xavier, "Empty Hand"



Martial Arts Guardian [13]  (USA) March 2015, Vol. #1, Issue. #1, pg. 16-21, by: Steve Rowe, "The Real Mr. Miyagi"

OC Weekly [14] (USA) 20 February 2015, by: Aimee Murillo, "The Real Miyagi Honors Martial Arts Legend With Two Screenings Tonight"

OC Weekly [15] (USA) January 2013, Vol. 17, Issue. 20, pg. 30, by: Matt Coker, "Hidden Gems"

OC Weekly  [16] (USA)  January 20, 2014, by: Aimee Murillo, Irvine international film festival brings indie flair to Laguna

O.C. Register [17] (USA) Irvine International Film Fest has grown bigger, more selective by Antonie Boessenkool  / Staff Writer

L.A. Times [42] (USA) February 27, 2015 by Michael Miller

Meridian Booster 11 May 2015, by: Simon Arseneau, "Real Mr. Miyagi gets his story on screen"

O.C. Register (USA) 11 January 2012, by: SAMANTHA SCHAEFER, "Irvine International Film Festival launches"

Studio Photography (USA) 1 April 2006, Vol. 9, Iss. 4, pg. 10-13, by: Elizabeth Friszell-Neroulas "Cinematic Celebrations"

Hollywood Scriptwriter (USA) April 2005, Vol. 25, Iss. 2, pg. 25 & 25, by: David Allen Rigsby, "The Trap"

Indie Slate (USA) 2005, Vol. 9, Iss. 40, pg. 20 & 21, by: Sam Chouia, "Falling into the Trap"




L.A. TIMES [52] 'Travel Ban' tackles intolerance through humor  - Gary Goldstein

Film Treat [53]  9 out of 10 - Bobby LePire

Screen Picks [5] "Entertaining from the get go"  - Ian Murphy 

Tae Kwon Do Life Magazine  [18] "The Real Miyagi is masterful storytelling that has something for everyone" -Marc Zirogianiis 

The Daily Beast [6] "A new documentary looks back at Demura's astonishing, influential life"

Meniscus Magazine [23] "I highly recommend this film" -Paul Kazee 

Examiner [24] "Brilliant Film". "5 Stars" -Bobby Blakey -Dallas Movie Examiner 

TKD Life Magazine "Empty Hand" [25]

KnockOut Magazine" Empty Hand" [26]

AXS "Empty Hand" [27]

Senshin: The Enlightened Mind [28] 

Fantasia 2015 "The Real Miyagi"[29] "The Real Miyagi is a superb documentary"- Eric S. Boisvert

Rafu Shimpo L.A. Japanese Daily News 2016 [31]

SAAFF "Kevin Derek did a fantastic job" [49] 

Reseda Daily News "I think any Karate Kid fan needs to see this documentary" 

TK Times "Riveting Documentary" -Robert Barnes 


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Payam Ashena [39][40] (USA) December 2015, Vol. 26, Issue. 310

Studio Photography (USA) 1 April 2006, Vol. 9, Iss. 4, pg. 10-13, by: Elizabeth Friszell-Neroulas "Cinematic Celebrations


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