KAYVON DERAK SHANIAN
AKA- KEVIN DEREK
Kayvon is an award-winning filmmaker who has extensive experience in the entertainment industry as a producer, director and editor. He has studied under the tutelage of some of the best in the business beginning at Columbia College in Hollywood, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Motion Pictures.
At just 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” and “truly frightening.” His second credit as a Producer was The Ultimate Game, a Martial Arts action-adventure film, produced for the video market, sold worldwide.
Kayvon also produced and directed the documentary Empty Hand about four competitors who train to fight against their toughest rivals as they struggle to become the next National Karate Kid Champion; it premiered at DOC NYC. His film The Real Miyagi, winner of 7 international film awards, starring Steven Seagal, Dolph Lundgren, Micheal Jai White, depicts the life of the greatest karate master of our generation. It is available on Amazon Prime and on NETFLIX worldwide.
His recent feature documentary, Make America Laugh Again, opened theatrically in New York and Los Angeles with favorable reviews, also winning the Audience Award at CINEQUEST. Make America Laugh Again also qualified for the 91st Academy Awards in 2019. In 2021, Kayvon revisits Mr. Miyagi, this time with a documentary about the prolific actor behind the character, Pat Morita, with More Than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story. It will be available worldwide on digital platforms, DVD and Blu-ray on February 5.
Personally, Kayvon has dedicated his life to the art of Karate and holds a Black Belt in three deferent styles. The two-time TELLY Award winner is currently the Festival Director for the Irvine International Film Festival. Last year 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.
"THE ONLY THING THAT STANDS BETWEEN YOU AND SUCCESS IS YOUR EGO"
2021 Sunscreen Film Festival - Best Documentary
2021 IIFC - Best Director and Best Documentary
2021 World Music & Independent Film Festival - Best Documentary
Interviews with Kevin Derek
Kung Fu Kingdom (USA) Janurary 2018 by: Ramon Youseph
Black Belt Magazine (USA) March 2017 by: Patrick Xavier,
Los Angeles Times 9 January 2014, by: Michael Miller, "Moviemaker looking to sweep the board"
Tae Kwon Do Times - Page 25-27 Volume 36 No.6 Issue 214
Budo International 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"
ET CANADA - The Late Pat Morita’s Life Beyond ‘The Karate Kid’ Revealed In ‘More Than Miyagi’ Documentary Trailer
Martial Arts Guardian (USA) March 2015, Vol. #1, Issue. #1, pg. 16-21, by: Steve Rowe, "The Real Mr. Miyagi"
OC Weekly (USA) 20 February 2015, by: Aimee Murillo, "The Real Miyagi Honors Martial Arts Legend With Two Screenings Tonight"
OC Weekly (USA) January 2013, Vol. 17, Issue. 20, pg. 30, by: Matt Coker, "Hidden Gems"
OC Weekly (USA) January 20, 2014, by: Aimee Murillo, Irvine international film festival brings indie flair to Laguna
O.C. Register (USA) Irvine International Film Fest has grown bigger, more selective by Antonie Boessenkool / Staff Writer
L.A. Times (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 'Travel Ban' tackles intolerance through humor - Gary Goldstein
Film Treat 9 out of 10 - Bobby LePire
Screen Picks "Entertaining from the get go" - Ian Murphy
Tae Kwon Do Life Magazine "The Real Miyagi is masterful storytelling that has something for everyone" -Marc Zirogianiis
The Daily Beast "A new documentary looks back at Demura's astonishing, influential life"
Meniscus Magazine "I highly recommend this film" -Paul Kazee
Examiner "Brilliant Film". "5 Stars" -Bobby Blakey -Dallas Movie Examiner
TKD Life Magazine "Empty Hand"
KnockOut Magazine" Empty Hand"
AXS "Empty Hand"
Senshin: The Enlightened Mind
Fantasia 2015 "The Real Miyagi" "The Real Miyagi is a superb documentary"- Eric S. Boisvert
Rafu Shimpo L.A. Japanese Daily News 2016
SAAFF "Kevin Derek did a fantastic job"
Reseda Daily News "I think any Karate Kid fan needs to see this documentary"
TK Times "Riveting Documentary" -Robert Barnes
Payam Ashena (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