Below were guests list of past season. We will be announcing guests scheduled to attend our Season Nine on August 12, 2019.
AN Bon is a famous script writer for various TV series in Taiwan. His previous short: Double Happiness, which was chose by Abuja International Film Festival, received great reviews. The theme of his works often focuses on the topic of “family,” and closely looks into current family matters as our society evolves. SEN SEN is Director AN’s second feature, and he tries to tell a story of life and death from a young boy and an old granny.
Chia-Kuei CHEN is an actor, known for High Flash (2018), 49 Days (2018) and Shi xia baolì (2014).’
CHAN Oliver Siu-Kuen graduated from Chinese University Hong Kong, majoring global business. She later on pursuit a Master of Fine Arts in Film, Television and Digital Media in Hong Kong Baptist University. During her studies, she completed several independent short films including ALOHA, which won Gold Award and Best Screenplay Award at the 2nd Microfilm Production Support Scheme (Music); And Best Film and Best Screenplay at Golden Flowers Award (2016). Her work CHILDRENwas nominated in Hong Kong Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival (2015), Reel Women Hong Kong, Salento International Film Festival in Italy, Women Make Waves Taiwan, and Shnit International film Festival. The short film also won Best Short Film not in the English Language in Portsmouth International Film Festival. Upon graduation, CHAN opened her own production company. She works as a film and television scriptwriter and also director for commercials. In 2017, she became the winner of 3rdFirst Feature Film Initiative (Higher Education Institution Group) and received funding from the Film Development Fund to implement her project first feature film STILL HUMAN.
Batbayar CHOGSOM was born on 2 June 1974 in Mongolia and emigrated to Switzerland at the age of 26. After completing a basic programme in journalism, in 2012 he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from the University of Zurich. He went on to work as an archivist in the National Museum Zurich’sgraphics and historical photograph collections. He is married, has two children and lives in Rapperswil in the canton of St. Gallen. “Out of Paradise” is Batbayar Chogsom’s debut film.
CHOI Hyun-young studied film at Sangmyeong University and she won the Grand Prix with her first short film <The After (2009)> at the DAMAH FILM FESTIVAL in HIROSHIMA. After graduation, she worked in the film distribution industry for a while. She received an MA degree in International Cultural Policy & Management in University of Warwick, UK. <Memories of a dead end> is her first feature film.
2009 “The After…”(16mm, 18 min)
2010 “Celebrated Waltz” (HD,25min)
2011 “Romantic rival” (HD, 25min)
2018 “Memories of a dead end”
Ching Shen CHUANG received his master's degree in directing from the Taipei National University of the Arts. He served as the assistant director for "7 Days in Heaven" and the producer, cinematographer for "Jump Ashin!." His first short film "The Eighteenth Birthday Party" was shortlisted by the Taipei Film Festival and the Edinburgh International Film Festival. He also won the Golden Bell Awards for many of his film and television works. In 2018, his first feature film "High Flash," which was co-produced by Sylvia Chang, Ma Tien-tsung and Liao Ching-song, won several prizes at the 2013 Taipei Golden Horse Film Project Promotion.
Crisel CONSUNJI: As a trained professional singer and creative educator, Crisel began her artistic journey as a child musical theatre performer at age 10. She then moved on to family entertainment and educational media, having been involved in multi-awarded stage, TV, and production projects for various companies in Asia. Still Human is her feature film debut.
Ron FALZONE is an award-winning screenwriter and associate professor in the Cinema Art + Science Department of Columbia College Chicago. Films he has co-produced and written have been screened internationally at numerous film festivals including Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner, Chicago International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, LA Short Film Festival, Midwest Film Festival and the Friars Club Comedy Film Festival. Falzone is a recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship in Screenwriting, a 2006 and 2007 winner of the IAC Finalist Award and is a twelve-time Artist in Residence at the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Illinois. In addition, he is the producer and referee of the popular Cinema Slapdown screening series at Columbia College. He holds a BA in Film from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA in Directing from Northwestern University.
Akiyo FUJIMURA was born in 1990, in Tokyo. She majored in film at Meiji Gakuin University. While attending college, she directed short films such as SUMMER MOON, which were screened at various independent film festivals in Japan. After graduating, she worked as an assistant director at Toho Studios. ERIKO, PRETENDED is her feature length debut, supported by a grant from the Cineastes Organization Osaka (CO2). The film won the Skip City Award at the 2016 Skip City International D-Cinema Festival, followed by screenings at various film festivals across Europe.
Antonia Grace GLENN is an actor, writer, producer, filmmaker and scholar, Glenn holds a PhD in Theatre & Drama from a joint program at the University of California, San Diego and Irvine. Her dissertation, Racing and E-racing the Stage: The Politics of Mixed Race Performance, explores representations of mixed-race Asian American (Hapa) identity on stage and screen, as well as resistant performance and writing strategies employed by contemporary Hapa theatre artists. Glenn’s articles have appeared in Contemporary Theatre Review, LA Alternative Press and TheatreForum. Her stage credits include the world premiere of Michael John Garcés’ Los Illegals at Cornerstone Theater Company and the collaborative ensemble process for Alice Tuan’s interview-based play Black Flight for Watts Village Theater Company. Glenn holds an MFA in Acting from USC and a BA from Wellesley College.
Evelyn Nakano GLENN is one of the country’s leading sociologists, Glenn's scholarship on the intersectionality of race, gender, citizenship and labor is groundbreaking. She is a Professor of the Graduate School and the Founding Director of the Center for Race & Gender at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2009-10, she served as President of the American Sociological Association. Her books include Forced to Care: Coercion and Caregiving in America; Unequal Freedom: How Race and Gender Shaped American Citizenship and Labor; and Issei, Nisei, Warbride: Three Generations of Japanese American Women in Domestic Service. Honors include an Asian American Local Heroes Award from KQED and Union Bank, and the Nikkei of the Biennium Award for Contributions to Education from the Japanese American Citizens League. Glenn holds a BA from UC Berkeley and a PhD from Harvard University.
Chantelle HAN was born and raised in Calgary, Chantelle is an actor now based in Toronto. She trained at Mount Royal University and has worked steadily in film, television, theatre and voice-over. Recent on-screen credits: Everybody All Together Now; Heartland; Hell on Wheels as well as national and international commercial campaigns for Travel Alberta, Kleenex and McDonald’s. On stage: Chantelle is best known for her turn as Janet in Soulpepper’s national tour of the hit play, Kim’s Convenience.
Garin HUGROHO was born in Jogjakarta, Indonesia in 1961 and completed his studies in 1985 at the film academy in Jakarta. His debut film LOVE IS A SLICE OF BREAD (1991) was selected as the Best Young Director at the Asia Pacific International Film Festival. His second feature LETTER FOR AN ANGEL (1994) won Best Film at Taormina and Tokyo. His following LEAF ON A PILLOW (1998) opened in Un Certain regard, Cannes and won the Special Jury Prize in Tokyo. Followed BIRD MAN TALE that won the NETPAC award at the Belinale in 2002. His OPERA JAVA, produced as part of the celebration of the 250th birthday of Mozart, premiered in Venice in 2006 and won awards in Tokyo, Cinemanila and Singapore. MEMORIES OF MY BODY is his 19th feature film.
JEOUNGHUH Daek-jae has gained recognition for his screenplays for <Springtime> and <Hello Schoolgirl>. For <The Pension>, he has created an episode in which the ‘In-ho’is temporarily looking after the pension at the request of the owner ‘Jae-deok’. ‘In-ho’hosts a variety of guests including the mysterious woman ‘So-i’. The episode largely deals with distrust and suspicion among the characters. The story begins to unroll when a guest claims she has lost a valuable possession. The director commented that everyone showed strong enthusiasm at the location, and added, “In spite of the limited time and space, the actors and staff worked in great harmony.”
<The Pension>(2018) Director–A Lady From the Future
<Hello Schoolgirl>(2008) Screenplay, <Springtime>(2004) Screenplay
Shelly KRAICER is writer, critic, and film curator based in Toronto Canada. Educated at Yale University, he has written film criticism in Cinema Scope, Positions, Cineaste, the Village Voice, and Screen International. Since 2007, he has been a programmer at the Vancouver International Film Festival, and has worked as a consultant for the Venice, Udine, Dubai, and Rotterdam International Film Festivals.
FILMO(BIO)GRAPHY of Producer LEE Eun-Kyoung: - Born in Seoul, South Korea - - Dong-guk University Graduate school of Film, TV & Multimedia Department of Film Making (Master’s degree) - Started her career as a Script supervisor in the Korean Film Industry
2018~ CEO/Producer of Lee’z Films
2011~2015 Chairman of Korean Barrier Free Film Committee
2011~2017 CEO/Producer of ZOA FILMS
2009~2010 CEO of Kino Eye DMC
2005~2008 Representative at Kadokawa(Japanese company) International Department
2000~2008 Tokyo Correspondent to KOFIC(Korean Film Council) and Cine21(magazine)
2000~2001 Japan Researcher, BFC(Busan Film Commission) Video Industry Lab(Seoul)
Professional filmmaking experience
2004 Blue Swallow KOR-JAP Production & Marketing Coordinator
2006 KOR-JAP Co-Production Film One Missed Call Final Associate Producer
2006 KOR-JAP Co-Production TV Series Tree of Haven Associate Producer
2007 KOR-JAP Co-Production Film Virgin Snow Associate Producer
2006 My Boyfriend is Type-B, The Host, King and the Clown Japan Distribution Coordinator
2007 South of the Border, Virgin Snow Japan Distribution Coordinator
2008 Black House, May 18 Japan Distribution Coordinator
2010 Harmonics Minion Seoul Location Unit Production Manager
2012 Producing KOR-JAP Co-Production Film AV Idol
2013 Producing KOR-JAP Co-Production Film A Record of a Sweet Murder
2015 Producing KOR-JAP Co-Production Films Mad Movie, AV Idol2
2017 Producing KOR-JAP Co-Production Film Butterfly Sleep, Notebook from My Mother
2018 Producing KOR-JAP Co-Production Film Memories of a Dead End
Jun LI is a film critic and a political essayist. He graduated from The School of Communication and Journalism of Chinese University of Hong Kong and also studied in The School of Politics at University of Cambridge. His short film, LiuYang River, won the Grand Prix and Bst Director Award at the 11th Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival. It was selected by Kaohsiung Film Festival and the Five Flavours Asian Film Festival in Warsaw. Jun is also a playwright and actor. He’s the male lead of Simon CHUNG’s Miss You When I See You.
Kai-Duc LUONG, Filmmaker / Video Producer. Born in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge years in 1975 and migrated to Paris, France in 1978. Currently working on his second feature film inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy with French actor Denis Lavant.
LU Qing-yi was born in a multi-ethnic town in souther Guizhou. For a long period of time, cultures of the Han nationality and ethnic minorities have converged here. Later he lived in Beijing with his elder brother and began to paint. In 1997, he started to work for for a publisher. He later became a photographer. He is currently a independent documentary filmmaker.
Patrick MCDONALD has been a film critic, entertainment writer and broadcaster for for ten years, and his take on film appears on HollywoodChicago.com (Writer, Editor), as well as three regular radio shows. He has been chief tour guide for the Chicago Film Tour for nine seasons, and has been a member of the Chicago Film Critics association for eight years. He has made appearances covering the tour and the film scene on radio with WGN-AM, WFXF-FM (Crystal Lake) and WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin), and on TV with Fox32 News, WGN-TV Morning News and “190 North” on ABC7 in Chicago.
Gillian MCKERCHER is a Calgary-based filmmaker and an Alberta Foundation For the Arts Young Artist Prize winner. She completed a BSc in Chemical Engineering at the University of Calgary while she practiced filmmaking at the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers. After she worked concurrently in film and engineering, she decided to focus on cinema. She notably directed the two-season web series The Calgary Collection, the short documentary Where the Sage Brush Grows, and music videos for folk-roots artist Amy Nelson. Her experimental film work on Super 8 and 16mm film is often incorporated into her projects, and heavily informs her aesthetic. Circle of Steel is her first feature film as director.
Mark SCHILLING has been a regular film critic for The Japan Times since 1989, while covering the Japanese film industry for Screen International from 1990 to 2005 and for Variety from 2005 to the present. He has written and contributed to many books, including The Encyclopedia of Japanese Pop Culture (Weatherhill, 1997), Contemporary Japanese Film (Weatherhill, 1999), The Yakuza Movie Book (Stone Bridge Press, 2003), No Borders, No Limits: Nikkatsu Action Cinema (FEFF 2005) and Nudes! Guns! Ghosts! The Sensational Films of Shintoho (FEFF 2010). He has also served on many film juries, including the Japanese Eyes section of the Tokyo International Film Festival for three years running, and worked as a script advisor on Edward Zwick’s The Last Samurai (2003).
Hideki TAKEUCHI - Born in 1966, Hideki TAKEUCHI joined Fuji Television in 1990 and in 1996 directed his first of many drama series for the net work. In 1998 he won the Best Director Prize at the 18th Television Drama Academy Awards for the series JUST A LITTLE MORE, GOD. He was later awarded this honor three more times while winning other industry accolades. Takeuchi made his feature debut in 2009 with the hit two-part romantic drama NODAME CANTABILE, which was based on his own TV drama of the same title. In 2012, following its world premiere at FEFF, his time-traveling comedy THERMAE ROMAE and became the 2nd highest-earning Japanese film of the year with $59 million. FLY ME TO THE SAITAMA is his latest film opened in Japan on February 22, 2019 after his another critically acclaimed romantic fantastic comedy COLOR ME TRUE starring the most beautiful Haruka Ayase.
YEO Siew Hua studied philosophy at the National University of Singapore and is a member of the 13 Little Pictures film collective. He wrote and directed the experimental film, IN THE HOUSE OF STRAW (2009). He participated in the 2015 edition of Talents Tokyo and pitched at Autumn Meeting 2016, where he won the Grand Prix for his second fiction feature, A LAND IMAGINED (2018). The film also took part in the Asia Pacific Screen Lab 2017 and is a recipient of the Hubert Bals Fund and the Aide aux Cinema du Monde.
ZHANG Yang was born March 28, 1967 in Beijing, China. He graduated from the Director's Department of the Central Theatre Academy. His works, including romantic drama (SPICY LOVE SOUP, 1997), road movie comedy (GETTING HOME, 2007, FULL CIRCLE, 2012) and powerful drama (SUNFLOWER, 2004, SOUL ON A STRING, 2016), achieved great recognition internationally. His films premiered in and won awards at acclaimed festivals as San Sebastian IFF, the Berlinale, Stockholm FF and Tokyo IFF. In recent years, Zhang Yang has moved into documentary film making, with PATHS OF THE SOUL (2015) as his first feature documentary, which premiered in Toronto IFF and later became a sensation in Mainland China.