PANEL: WOMEN TAKE CHARGE
** THIS EVENT IS FREE **
How often do you see female filmmakers in the media industry? Join us tomorrow as we present the panel, WOMEN TAKE CHARGE. Led by S. Casper Wong (the founder of Asian American Women Media Makers) she will be conversing with four female directors of AAIFF40, discussing their creative processes and being in charge on set and beyond!
NADINE TRUONG: I CAN I WILL I DID
A German-born Vietnamese filmmaker, Nadine Truong worked in talent representation and at various production companies prior to earning her MFA degree in Directing in 2009 from the American Film Institute. Nadine received her BA degree in Anthropology from UCLA in 2003 and resides in Los Angeles, where she also works as a Yoga Teacher.
Her directorial short film credits include CHOPSTICKS, IN THE DARK and INITIATION. In 2006 she became a proud fellow with Los Angeles Asian American Pacific Film Festival’s ‘Armed With A Camera Fellowship’, which funded her short film THE MUSE. Additionally, she received the San Diego International Asian Film Festival’s prestigious George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker Award in 2010.
HUI-CHEN HUANG: SMALL TALK
Hui-chen is an activist, documentary filmmaker, and mother of a precocious little girl. Prior to embarking on her first feature doc, Hui-chen worked for NGOs such as the Taiwan International Workers Association and China Time’s Trade Union, advocating for labor rights and social justice. It was during this time that she began documenting the plight of the disadvantaged and the voiceless. Her intimate profiles of the less fortunate and the exploited became tools used for social change.
Most recently, Hui-chen served as Secretary General of Taipei Documentary Union, and is currently working on her memoir to be published in 2017.
AMEESHA JOSHI: WITH THIS RING
Ameesha Joshi is a Toronto native, who graduated with a B.A. in psychology from Waterloo University in Ontario. She went on to work in the software industry for seven years before discovering her interest in filmmaking while living in Halifax, NS. Her first short film The Red Glove was about an amateur boxer and was made through the Atlantic Filmmakers Co-operative’s FILM 5 development program. It was during the making of this film she developed an appreciation for the sport. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s of fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal and enjoys working in both documentary and fiction.
JENNY LU: THE RECEPTIONIST
Jenny Lu has written and directed ‘The Man who Walked on the Moon’ (2014) (Won a Van Gough Best Fantasy Award for Amsterdam International Film Festival 2015, selected for London Short Film Festival 2015, Reykjavik International Film Festival 2014, Kaohsiung International Film Festival 2014 and TCIF3 International Film Festival). ‘The Receptionist Teaser Trailer’ (2012) and ‘London Visit’ (2012). Most recently her feature film script, for this project, ‘The Receptionist’, won the Best Screenplay Award in Taiwan in 2013 and was given a development/production fund of £120,000 from Taiwan.
THE RECEPTIONIST was selected for Golden Horse Project Market in Taiwan 2014. Jenny was selected for Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab 2014 and Reykjavik International Film Festival Talent Lab 2012 as a director. The Receptionist was selected for Edinburgh Works In Progress 2016
LEADING THE DISCUSSION: S. CASPER WONG
S. Casper Wong is a New York based award-winning filmmaker, technology lawyer, social entrepreneur, activist and Founder/CEO of OO Media. Her documentary feature debut, THE LULU SESSIONS, has won 10 international awards and nominations in every major category. She received a Humanitarian Award from the SASS Foundation for Medical Research along with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in recognition for her film’s social impact on the complexities of breast cancer. She has directed and produced co-productions in China since 2005 and served as the studio executive for Roger Corman’s first co-productions.
Casper’s work has been screened on the international film festival circuit. In the US, her work has been broadcast on PBS, the Independent Film Channel, Syfy Channel and as part of Tribeca Film Institute’s curated Reframe Collection. She is a two time winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Screenwriting Grants; a New York State Council on the Arts Grantee; a Creative Capital Artist Summer Institute Fellow; Sloan Fellow at the Hampton’s International Film Festival Screenwriter’s Lab; a nominee for the Directors Guild of America’s Best Student Film; the winner of the Special Jury Award of the Golden Horse at the Taipei Film Festival; as well as a frequent panelist and moderator for film conferences ranging from science in film, diversity in film, to co-productions with China.
Prior to receiving her MFA in Film Directing from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, Casper was Senior Attorney for IBM General Counsel in Silicon Valley. Casper also holds a J.D. from New York Law School and a B.S. in Bio-medical Engineering from Columbia University. She had been counsel for the IBM’s corporate diversity initiative, is the Founder and Chair of Asian American Women Media Makers, and is currently on the Board of Directors at New York Women in Film and Television.