Dean Yamada is a filmmaker and professor at Biola University, where he teaches courses in production and post-production. Cicada marks his fifth collaboration with students and first feature film as director. His previous collaborations with students have screened at Venice, Clermont-Ferrand and Aspen Shortsfest, and won awards at Heartland, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and Sapporo Short Fest.
As a media educator, he has twice received the King Foundation Best of Festival award at the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts. Making Cicada was an intoxicating experience for Dean, and his head is still buzzing like the sound of the cicada on a humid summer evening.