Nobi's directing career began in 2002, when he was commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art (NY) to create a short film honoring President Emeritus Agnes Gund. The piece now resides in the permanent collection of MoMA's Department of Film and Video.
Nobi Nakanishi's most recent project as a commercial director was for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's 'Drink Water' Campaign - which he conceived, wrote, shot, and produced. Engaging non-professional children of all ages and ethnicities in a lighthearted and fun manner, the series of a dozen video advertisements promoted drinking water as an alternative to sugary beverages.
Over the past decade, Nobi has also served as Creative Director for clients including Pulitzer-Prize nominated author Andrew Solomon (Far from the Tree), The Parrish Art Museum, Storm King Art Center, The American Federation of Arts, The Jewish Museum, Leaderally, True World Foods USA, WxY Foods Inc. (also branding/identity strategy), and Inspiring Diversity LLC (also branding/web/strategy). He has also worked across the pond for devilfish UK (now Wonderful Content), and the online video production marketplace The Smalls.
Though born and raised in the US, Nobi is fluent in business-level Japanese, and has leveraged this to work with Japanese clients such as Daisuke Inoue (the inventor of the Karaoke machine), Terra Foods Co., Japan, True World Foods Japan, Trendpot LLC (AKA Chopsticks NY Magazine), and the City of Tokyo.
Nobi is also known as the Director of the groundbreaking online show 'The Leviathan Chronicles', which has been downloaded over 10 million times internationally. The 50 episode, hour long serial, created by sci-fi wunderkind Christof Laputka, utilizes a cast of nearly a hundred voice actors, and Hollywood-level sound design and music. It was recently featured on Mashable.com as one of '15 podcasts guaranteed to tell you a fantastic story'.
Nobi earned his Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) from NYU's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, where he was a recipient of the Tisch School of the Arts Scholarship and Rita & Burton Goldberg Fellowship.