The Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience is back for the 16th year in their mission to champion and support the creative vision and storytelling talents of Asian Pacific American and Asian international artistic community at Sundance. From Friday, January 24th to Sunday, January 26th, the APA Filmmakers Experience will host events and programming that highlights Asian creatives at various locations around Park City, UT.
Check out their line up:
FRIDAY, JAN. 24, 2020
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM: UNFOLDING NARRATIVES: OUR STORIES TO TELL
Presented by HBO and TBS
In partnership with Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience, Our Stories To Tell will host an intimate discussion with talent from HBO and TBS sharing their perspectives on visibility and diversity in front of and behind the scenes within the entertainment industry.
Panelists: Suzy Nakamura (Avenue 5 / HBO), Alexander Hodge (Insecure / HBO), Geraldine Viswanathan (Miracle Workers: Dark Ages / TBS), Karan Soni (Miracle Workers: Dark Ages / TBS), Minji Chang (Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience), Kimmy Yam (moderator)
BY INVITATION ONLY
SATURDAY, JAN. 25, 2020
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM: ASIA SOCIETY PROGRAM AT SUNDANCE SPOTLIGHTS ASIAN STORYTELLERS
Kimball Art Center, 1401 Kearns Blvd., Park City, UT
Presented by Asia Society Northern California, Asia Society Southern California, and Harbour
For the second year in a row, Asia Society will host a program of panels, moderated by Janet Yang, honoring Asian filmmakers and talent at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival:
PRODUCERS: WOMEN HOLD UP HALF THE SKY AT SUNDANCE with Nina Yang Bongiovi (producer, Fruitvale Station; Roxanne, Roxanne; Sorry To Bother You), Mynette Louie (producer, I Carry You With Me – NEXT Section; Nancy; The Tale), Naja Lockwood (co-founder, Game Changer Films; exec. producer, Gook; Last Days In Vietnam)
DIRECTORS: TELLING ORIGINAL STORIES with Edson Oda (writer/director, Nine Days – U.S. Dramatic Competition), Bao Nguyen (director, Be Water – U.S. Documentary Competition)
ACTORS: CUTTING IT ON THE BIG SCREEN with Chris Pang (Palm Spings; Crazy Rich Asians), Benedict Wong (Nine Days; The Martian; The Avengers: Endgame), Daniel Dae Kim (Blast Beat; Always Be My Maybe; Hellboy)
SUNDAY, JAN. 26, 2020
NOON – 1:30 PM: SHOULDERING THE FUTURE
Presented by Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) | Kimball Art Center
This panel will focus on changemakers who have been moving storytelling and equity forward within the industry. Join us for an up-close conversation with filmmaking trailblazers and hear about how they transform hopes and dreams into decisive action.
Panelists: David Magdael (DMA – moderator), Effie Brown (CEO, Gamechanger Films), Verna Myers (Inclusion Strategist, Netflix), Sheroum Kim (Director of Original Independent Film, Netflix), Daniel Dae Kim (actor (pending), Jean Tsien (Editor, Producer, and Consultant)
Pre-Reception 10:30 AM
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1:30 PM – 3:30 PM: POWER TO THE POC
Presented by the Asian American Documentary Network | Firelight House
As we kick off 2020 and as the New American Majority continues to rise, questions of “who gets to tell whose story,” persist in myriad ways. One vital shift in our field is to increase the number of people of color in positions of power: decision-makers in programming, funding, marketing/publicity, and distribution. This panel will explore the changes that have taken place recently, reflect on panelists’ own experiences and roles addressing the field even as filmmakers of color are becoming more recognized and supported.
Panelists: Grace Lee (A-DOC — moderator), Gina Duncan (Associate Vice President of Film and Strategic Programming, Brooklyn Academy of Music), Laura Kim (SVP, Marketing, Participant Media), Carrie Lozano (Director, IDA Enterprise Fund, Pare Lorentz Fund, International Documentary Association), Cynthia López (Executive Director, New York Women in Film & Television)
BY INVITATION ONLY
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM EXPANDING THE ASIAN AMERICAN NARRATIVE INTO THE NEXT DECADE
Presented by the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience Committee | Wellhaus/Old Town Cellars
Join us at #APAParkCity’s MAIN EVENT as we present panels that expand the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) experience beyond genre, language, and borders. Hear from filmmakers and media executives as they delve into this new era of AAPI storytelling that is reaching wider audiences. Afterward, STAY for our “Meet the Filmmakers” reception and toast our AAPI cinematic artists in the heart of Park City!
Panelists: David Magdael (DMA, moderator), Mahin Ibrahim (The Walt Disney Company), Christina Chou (CAA), Tilane Jones (president – ARRAY), Derek Nguyen (co-founder, The Population), Michelle Sugihara (executive director, CAPE)
Panelists: Bao Nguyen (director, BE WATER – U.S. Documentary Competition), Ramona Diaz (director, A THOUSAND CUTS – U.S. Documentary Competition), Shalini Kantayya (director, CODED BIAS – U.S. Documentary Competition), Andrew Ahn (Sundance alumni, 2020 Sundance Momentum Fellowship – moderator)
Prior to the first panel: JOIN US as we honor Producer Nina Yang Bongiovi with the 2020 Irene Cho Pioneer Award
Preceding the “Meet the Filmmakers” Reception, stay for a special closing performance by Ruby Ibarra (Rapper & Music featured in A THOUSAND CUTS)
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