James Q. Chan
James Quyen Chan (Producer, Director, Camera) is a San Francisco-based filmmaker who has collaborated on Emmy- and Grammy-winning projects. His film mentorship/training began alongside two-time Academy-Award winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK, THE CELLULOID CLOSET, PARAGRAPH 175). Producing credits with Epstein & Friedman include History Channel’s 10 DAYS THAT UNEXPECTEDLY CHANGED AMERICA (Emmy Award; 2006 Outstanding Non-Fiction Series), HOWL (Sundance 2010 Opening Night; National Board of Review Freedom of Expression Award). Recent producing work include films about-- a child IT protégé :PUCK AND THE RIDDLE OF CODES (IDFA 2014; Dutch Television VPRO); father & son reconciliation ISTINMA (Best Short, 2014 American Indian Film Festival; Smithsonian Institute Native Showcase); U.S. immigration law impacts on bi-national same-sex couples ENTRY DENIED (Jury Award, Best Short, 2012 Provincetown); love & equality RIGHT DOWN THE LINE music video (Bonnie Raitt, Grammy 2013). Prior to filmmaking, James worked as a SAG/AFTRA Union Talent Agent. His refugee and working class background, love for nature shows, memories of his mother’s cooking shape his sensibilities in all of his stories.
His award-winning directorial debut FOREVER, CHINATOWN (May 2017 national broadcast, WGBH/World Channel) has been selected for the American Film Showcase, the premier diplomacy program bringing screenings and workshops to audiences in more than 40 countries. A partnership between the U.S. State Department and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, James will serve as film envoy for the 2017-2018 AFS Program.
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Foundational Films: The 400 Blows, The Decalogue Series, Children of Men, The Times of Harvey Milk, Last Train Home
The Special Piece of Property in My Heart Film: Harold & Maude
First Job: babysitter
Childhood Ambition: being on Star Search
Fondest Memory: yearlong backpacking thru India, Nepal, and South East Asia
Soundtracks: A Tribe Called Quest "People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm"; Trashcan Sinatras "Cake"
Inspirations: a good home-brewed cup of chai, my Mom's cooking, monsoon season, Krzysztof Kieślowski
Books: "Giovanni's Room" (James Baldwin), "Assata: An Autobiography" (Assata Shakur), "The God of Small Things" (Arundhati Roy)
Indulgence: Belgian Ales and Vietnamese food
Proudest Moment: coming-out to my brothers
Quote: "Walls turned sideways become bridges." (Angela Davis); "You can cut all the flowers but you can not keep Spring from coming." (Pablo Neruda); "First one to the top, reach back." (unknown source)
Three people (deceased or living) I'd like to cook dinner for: Carl Sagan, James Baldwin, Dolly Parton
Project: Forever, Chinatown Role: Producer
Corey Tong is a film and media producer, public relations and programming/acquisitions consultant, guest lecturer, producers representative. Corey is a producer of the new film FOREVER, CHINATOWN (USA, 2016, doc); executive producer of the Oscar®-nominated and Emmy-winning documentary LAST DAY OF FREEDOM (USA, 2015); producer of the drama THE LAND HAS EYES (Fiji-USA, 2004-05; Sundance; PBS, official Oscar-submission Fiji); producer of BEYOND THE TEAM (USA, 2013, doc); producer/co-writer of THE GATHERING PLACE, a drama slated for production in Hong Kong, Tokyo, San Francisco and Hawaii in 2017. He has two series in development in New Zealand and Brazil, and his films as producer or rep have screened on PBS and other international broadcasters or theatrical venues in over 20 countries.
He is the former director of the San Francisco Int’l Asian American Film Festival (CAAM) and former IFFCON director of special projects (co-production, development market). Other films he has represented, sold or co-distributed include KAWA (New Zealand); PATANG (India-USA); DEPARTURES (Japan Oscar®-winner); AMERICA SO BEAUTIFUL (Iran-USA); SEEKING ASIAN FEMALE (USA); BEAUTIFUL BOXER (Thailand). Corey is originally from Hawaii and is based in San Francisco and Honolulu, and also has a professional background in architecture and design.
Project: Forever, Chinatown Role: Editor
Michael Palmieri is a director, cinematographer and editor. His first two feature length documentaries, "OCTOBER COUNTRY" and "OFF LABEL" were directing collaborations with the filmmaker and photographer Donal Mosher and have won numerous awards both in the US and abroad, includinging Best U.S. Documentary at Silverdocs and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for best documentary in 2009 for their first film "October Country". He also directs commercials and music videos and resides in Portland, Oregon. A wide selection of Mr. Palmieri's work can be found at michaelpalmieri.com
Jeff den Broeder
Project: Forever, Chinatown Role: Cinematographer
Jeffis a San Francisco based director, cinematographer and editor. In addition to artist profile films, he writes and produces highly effective original television and integrated marketing campaigns for global brands (Oakland Museum of California, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Citrix). Comfortable in water as he is on land, den Broeder is one of the founders of SeaLevel TV, a short format documentary series featuring exceptional people that flourish in and around seaside regions.
Thomas Lauderdale & Pink Martini
Project: Forever, Chinatown Role: Original Music and Score
Thomas Lauderdale was raised on a plant nursery in rural Indiana. He began piano lessons at age six with Patricia Garrison. When his family moved to Portland in 1982, he began studying with Sylvia Killman, who to this day continues to serve as his coach and mentor. He has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras and ensembles, including the Oregon Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Portland Youth Philharmonic, Chamber Music Northwest and Oregon Ballet Theatre (where he collaborated with choreographer James Canfield and visual artists Storm Tharp and Malia Jensen on a ballet based on Felix Salten’s Bambi, written in 1923). Active in Oregon politics since a student at U.S. Grant High School (where he was student body president), Thomas served under Portland Mayor Bud Clark and Oregon governor Neil Goldschmidt. Instead of running for political office, Lauderdale founded the “little orchestra” called Pink Martini in 1994 to play political fundraisers for progressive causes such as civil rights, the environment, affordable housing and public broadcasting. In addition to his work with Pink Martini, Lauderdale collaborates with international superstar and singing sensation Meow Meow, the surf band Satan’s Pilgrims and novelist/writer Tom Spanbauer. In Spring 2008, Lauderdale completed his first film score for Chiara Clemente’s documentary Our City Dreams, a portrait of five New York City-based women artists of different generations. In 2008, he performed as the featured piano soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia with the Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland under the direction of Roger Doyle, and Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F with the Oregon Symphony under the direction of Christoph Campestrini. In 2011 Lauderdale again appeared as the featured soloist with the Oregon Symphony, this time under the direction of the tremendous Carlos Kalmar. Lauderdale currently serves on the boards of the Oregon Symphony and Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Project: Forever, Chinatown Role: Associate Producer
With 25+ years in marketing & branding, Penelope Wong was CEO of Wong•Wong•Boyack (acquired by Havas), a relationship marketing firm, with clients NIKE, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, Wells Fargo, SF Giants, Visa, sina.com, and Disney. Previously with Ogilvy & Mather Direct, other clients have included Pixar, Mattel, and Amex. She also developed and personified the brand “Jennifer Wong” for The Franklin Mint.
An author/writer on the subject of everything from food to fashion and change management, Wong is now focused on film. She is Associate Producer of the Academy Award-nominated documentary short “Last Day of Freedom,” a key investor in Projector (a start-up bringing together leading filmmakers, brands, and non-profits in a new way), and a consultant on a bio-pic being developed around several MFK Fisher memoirs. An award-winning screenwriter for “The Shanghai Café” (based on her grandfather’s spending 10 years in San Quentin for a murder he did NOT commit), she is at work on a narrative short about her parents titled “The Other Wife.”
She serves on the board of San Francisco Film Society, Oakland Museum of California, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and the Greater San Francisco YMCA. She and her husband, Tim Kochis, reside in both San Francisco and Santa Barbara.
Dorothy G.C. Quock
Project: Forever, Chinatown | Chinatown Cultural Preservation Project Role: Researcher; Field Producer
Born in San Francisco Chinatown, Dorothy’s ancestral heritage led her to probe into multi-cultural study, as well as American Chinese history. With a travel / tourism degree, and International Tour Management Institute certification, she led 19 groups to People’s Republic of China, besides living there months at a time. In addition during 1982 to 1990 assisted colleagues on trips to Cook Islands, East Africa, South America. In recent years Dorothy has traveled not only in USA, but countries around the globe. She is currently a Tour Manager for S.F. Wok Wiz Chinatown Tours since 1991. Because of her inter-personal communication skills as a “people person”, combined with her cross-cultural sensitivity, Dorothy brings knowledge and experience to collaborate with Good Medicine Picture Company.
Project: Forever, Chinatown Role: Sound Design | Sound Mix
Jeremiah Moore designs, edits, and mixes sound at Jeremiah Moore Sound, his San Francisco studio. He works across the disciplines of film, theater, radio, interactive, mobile, and site-specific installation, with attention to environment, detail, and creative process. He is currently working on a year-long sound-image timelapse of urban trees with Rachel Strickland, and has created sonic experiences for The Residents (Eskimo in Constellation Surround, Exploratorium) and Ai WeiWei (@LARGE, Alcatraz). He has provided sound design and mix for many documentary films including 2014 Oscar-shortlisted “Slomo” (dir. Josh Izenberg, prod. Amanda Micheli), and 2016 Oscar Nominee “Last Day of Freedom” (dir. Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman).
Project: Chinatown Rising Role: Producer, Cinematographer, Director
Former Youth Director and later Executive Director of Cameron House, Harry was an early mentor for hundreds of Chinatown youth including author/activist Gordon Chin. Harry was the catalyst in Chinatown’s fight to save the Chinese Playground from being developed into a parking garage, leading to the formation of the Committee for Better Parks and Recreation in Chinatown. He was co-founder of the Chinatown Coalition for Better Housing, which led the fight to develop the Mei Lun Yuen affordable housing project. He was appointed by four separate mayors to city commissions which included the Public Housing Authority and Juvenile Justice Commission. Harry was one of the first Asian American religious leaders to speak out for same-sex marriage. In 1981, he earned his MA from the SF State University’s Film Arts Department where he served as a p/t student assistant in film history. His footage for this film was shot as a student/activist.
Project: Chinatown Rising Role: Co-Producer, Assistant Editor
Josh grew up in San Francisco's Chinatown and has worked in the community for over 16 years as a youth worker, filmmaker, and fundraiser. He has produced, shot and edited short films for the past 16 years, mostly sharing the stories of individuals who symbolize the rich diversity of the city, as well as organizations advocating for the needs of the underserved. He currently directs the UPS Community Internship in San Francisco, an intensive community immersion program for UPS Upper Management, which focuses on the Chinatown, Tenderloin, and Bayview neighborhoods. He enjoys international travel, often spending months at a time overseas. To Josh, the best part of travel is learning about other cultures, meeting inspiring individuals, and playing basketball with the locals.
Project: Chinatown Rising Role: Cinematographer; Editor
Anson is a San Francisco native rooted in the Chinatown community. While serving in the US Navy he found his passion in film and tv when he produced and filmed his own closed circuit television show on his naval ship, USS OLDENDORF. He followed his passion by moving to Los Angeles and worked on various short films, music videos and documentary projects. Notable projects included sundance film FINISHING THE GAME as an associated producer and thereafter worked on Universal's Studio FAST & FURIOUS as an assistant to the director both directed by Justin Lin. He also help develop and film numerous webseries and comedy sketches on a Youtube Asian American channel called YOMYOMF which gained over 35 million views within a year. As a traveling cinematographer, he's film documentaries all over China, India, Indonesia, Nepal and Mt Everest base camp. He is currently working on a feature film narrative called SNAKEHEAD as a 1st Assistant Director.
Project: Istinma/To Rest; INDIAN Role: Director/Co-writer
Andrés Torres-Vives was born in Chile, raised in New York, received his MFA in film directing at UCLA, and is currently a film professor at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institure for Arts and Design. Torres-Vives has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in Filmmaking, a prestigious Jacob Javits Fellowship, a Motion Picture Association of America Award in directing (MPAA), three scholarships from the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, a McNamara Foundation grant and the Jack Nicholson Distinguished Prize in Directing. His films have played at multiple film festivals, including the HBO/New York International Latino Film Festival, the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, the Morelia International Film Festival and broadcast on KCET-LA’s Fine Cut Series. Torres-Vives lives in Los Angeles, CA, and has worked extensively on immigrant, refugee, LGBT issues; as well as teaching video and photography to incarcerated minors. (work sample here)
Paul de Lumen
Project: Istinma/To Rest; INDIAN Role: Director of Photography
Paul's feature ZONA SUR (Tokyo International, Sundance Directing Award World Cinema Dramatic 2010, Best Cinematography 35th Huelva Film Festival) was Bolivia's official entry to the 2010 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. Other features include MTV’s SAVAGE COUNTY, and soon to be released, Vuguru Studio's THE TEMP, and YVY MARAEY, a surreal road trip film based in the heart of South America. Clients include: Vuguru, Esquire Channel, WNET Thirteen, Reebok, National Geographic, Lucasfilm and Sony. (Work Sample here)
Jesse Short Bull
Project: Istinma/To Rest; INDIAN Role: Co-Writer
Jesse was born in Pine Ridge South Dakota and lives in the heart of the Badlands. He is a past fellow of the 2009 Institute of American Indian Arts ABC/Disney Writers Tract and the 2008 Fox Entertainment's Diversity Development Institute. He is a founding member of Native Youth Leadership Alliance and has worked with the Lakota Land Project researching historical and cultural sites within the Pine Ridge Reservation. He is the recipient of the 2014 First Peoples Fund's Artist in Business Leadership Fellow. When the weather is fair, he roams the prairies near his hometown of Interior looking for agates and rattlesnakes.
Project: Istinma/To Rest; INDIAN Role: Executive Producer
Kevin is the Pine Ridge area Representative in the South Dakota State Legislature, where he serves on the Executive Committee for the Native American Caucus of State Legislators. He has served on the National Indian Education Association, the Oglala Lakota College board. Kevin is a co-founder of the Native Youth Leadership Alliance (NYLA), a national youth leadership development organization that incorporated indigenous forms of leadership and community development. Kevin is a member of the Oglala Lakota and Kiowa Nation.
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