Robin Lung

Robin Lung is a 4th gen­er­a­tion Chi­nese Amer­i­can who was raised in Hawai‘i. She has a 15-year his­to­ry of bring­ing untold minor­i­ty sto­ries to film. A grad­u­ate of Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty and Hunter Col­lege in NYC, Lung made her direc­to­r­i­al debut with Wash­ing­ton Place: Hawai‘i’s First Home, a 30-minute doc­u­men­tary for PBS Hawai‘i about Hawai‘i’s his­toric governor’s man­sion and home of Queen Lili‘uokalani (aired Decem­ber 2008). She was the asso­ciate pro­duc­er for the nation­al PBS doc­u­men­tary Pat­sy Mink: Ahead of the Major­i­ty (aired Octo­ber 2008), Hawai‘i unit pro­duc­er for acclaimed film Vivan Las Antipo­das!, unit pro­duc­er for NOVA’s Killer Typhoon, and producer/director for numer­ous short doc­u­men­taries for the His­toric Hawai‘i Foun­da­tion. She was select­ed as a doc­u­men­tary fel­low for the 2015 NALIP ARC female film­mak­er residency.

Shirley Thompson

Shirley Thomp­son is a vet­er­an doc­u­men­tary edi­tor, writer and pro­duc­er based in Hon­olu­lu. She is best known for the PBS doc­u­men­taries she has pro­duced: Bread­fruit and Open Spaces (2013), Eat­ing Alas­ka (2009), Spe­cial Cir­cum­stances (2006); as well as edit­ed Pid­gin: the Voice of Hawai‘i (2008), Surf­ing for Life (2000), and It’s Ele­men­tary (1996). These films have won Emmys, Peabodys and dozens of Best of Fes­ti­val Awards, and have aired nation­al­ly on pub­lic tele­vi­sion. She is an expert long-form sto­ry­teller and film fin­ish­er. As a Lati­na and a child of immi­grants born in New Orleans, Louisiana, she has a life-long com­mit­ment to build­ing bridges across cul­tures and com­mu­ni­ties. Shirley is the own­er of Shirley Thomp­son Editorial.

Douglas K.T. Ho

Dou­glas K.T. Ho is the president/owner of Clas­sic Coins Hawai‘i and a leader in Hawai‘i’s Chi­nese Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ty. After attend­ing Notre Dame Uni­ver­si­ty, Ho served in the Viet­nam War, where he was award­ed medals for val­or as a cap­tain of an artillery unit on infa­mous Ham­burg­er Hill. Ho’s exten­sive busi­ness career includes work­ing as a port­fo­lio man­ag­er and ana­lyst in pre­cious met­als, and run­ning sev­er­al busi­ness­es in China.

Kimberlee Bassford

Kim­ber­lee Bass­ford is the award-win­ning pro­duc­er, direc­tor, writer and edi­tor of Pat­sy Mink: Ahead of the Major­i­ty, a nation­al PBS doc­u­men­tary that pre­miered in Octo­ber of 2008. Her direc­to­r­i­al debut Cheer­leader (2003) won the Stu­dent Acad­e­my Award in Doc­u­men­tary and CINE Gold­en Eagle. Born and raised in Hawai‘i, Ms. Bass­ford has a Mas­ters in Jour­nal­ism from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley and is the own­er of Mak­ing Waves Films LLC.

Frank Ayala

A grad­u­ate of the Cin­e­ma, Film & Broad­cast­ing pro­gram at San Fran­cis­co State Uni­ver­si­ty, Frank Ayala has been involved in video pro­duc­tion for over sev­en­teen years. Hon­ored by the Nation­al Acad­e­my of Arts and Sci­ences with the Exi­to Esco­lar Award for His­pan­ic-Amer­i­can achieve­ment in pro­duc­ing and edit­ing, Frank has shot, pro­duced and edit­ed numer­ous shows for tele­vi­sion broad­cast and online streaming.

Stanford Chang

Stan­ford Chang is a vet­er­an pro­duc­er, edi­tor and cin­e­matog­ra­ph­er based in Hawai‘i and has worked on hun­dreds of tele­vi­sion shows, com­mer­cials, and doc­u­men­taries. His doc­u­men­tary cred­its include Pid­gin: the Voice of Hawai‘i, and Pat­sy Mink: Ahead of the Majority.

Ron Darby

Ron Dar­by has over 20 years of expe­ri­ence in tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion as a pro­duc­er, writer, cin­e­matog­ra­ph­er and edi­tor. The recip­i­ent of three Tel­ly Awards, he has a broad range of expe­ri­ence in both edu­ca­tion­al and com­mer­cial tele­vi­sion. Ron is the Hawai‘i‑based DP and Edi­tor of two long-run­ning HD tele­vi­sion series cur­rent­ly being broad­cast on OC16 (“The Pet Hui” and “Island Dri­ver TV).

Ann Kaneko

Ann Kaneko is an award-win­ning inde­pen­dent film­mak­er, select­ed as Best Emerg­ing Fea­ture Doc­u­men­tary Direc­tor at the New York Asian Amer­i­can Inter­na­tion­al Film Fes­ti­val for her Ful­bright-sup­port­ed film, Against the Grain: An Artist’s Sur­vival Guide to Perú. Kaneko has shot and edit­ed seg­ments for the New­shour with Jim Lehrer and pro­duced media instal­la­tions for the Skir­ball Cul­tur­al Cen­ter, Japan­ese Amer­i­can Nation­al Muse­um, Get­ty Cen­ter and SEIU-UHW. She par­tic­i­pat­ed in the AFI Direct­ing Work­shop for Women and received an MFA in film direct­ing from UCLA.

Andrew Truong

Andrew Truong is a world trav­el­er whose work has been fea­tured by Apple, Com­plex Mag, and Hype­beast. With expe­ri­ence ana­lyz­ing light in over 25 coun­tries, he is able to fab­ri­cate any mood to enhance a sto­ry. His trav­els are what allow him to con­tin­ue to find new sto­ries and prac­tice his craft.

Larry Reed

Lar­ry Reed is one of the few Amer­i­cans to be trained in wayang kulit, Bali­nese shad­ow the­atre and per­formed in this tra­di­tion around the world over the last 35 years. In the ear­ly 1990′s, Reed invent­ed an inge­nious shad­ow cast­ing method, which inte­grates the tra­di­tion­al shad­ow the­atre tech­niques, cin­e­mat­ic effects and mod­ern the­atre and dance styles. He found­ed Shad­ow­Light Pro­duc­tions in 1972 to nur­ture indige­nous shad­ow the­ater tra­di­tions and to explore and expand the pos­si­bil­i­ties of the shad­ow the­atre medi­um by cre­at­ing inno­v­a­tive inter­dis­ci­pli­nary, mul­ti­cul­tur­al works.

Chris Do

Chris Do is the Emmy-win­ning founder and exec­u­tive cre­ative direc­tor of Blind, Inc., a dig­i­tal design stu­dio with an empha­sis on sto­ry­telling and image mak­ing. Mr. Do’s work has been nation­al­ly and inter­na­tion­al­ly rec­og­nized. His “Black and White” video for a Gap cam­paign brought ani­mat­ed spe­cial effects to shad­ow the­ater in stun­ning ways, and he will take that tech­nique to a new lev­el on FINDING KUKAN.

Wan-Chao Chang

Wan-Chao Chang is the direc­tor of the eth­no-con­tem­po­rary com­pa­ny Wan-Chao Dance and cre­ates con­tem­po­rary works root­ed in tra­di­tion­al dance forms. She received nom­i­na­tion for Out­stand­ing Chore­og­ra­phy by the Isado­ra Dun­can Dance Award in 2011.

Miriam Cutler

Miri­am Cut­ler has been scor­ing and per­form­ing music for over 20 years. She spe­cial­izes in doc­u­men­tary scores and was nom­i­nat­ed for a News & Doc­u­men­tary Emmy for her score to The Desert of For­bid­den Art.

Mary Lui

Mary Lui is an Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Amer­i­can Stud­ies and His­to­ry at Yale Uni­ver­si­ty. She has writ­ten and lec­tured exten­sive­ly on Chi­nese Immi­gra­tion, Women and Gen­der, Inter­ra­cial Sex­u­al­i­ty and Cul­tur­al Diplo­ma­cy in the 1940’s.

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu is a Pro­fes­sor of Asian Amer­i­can stud­ies and his­to­ry at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Irvine. Her research and teach­ing focus­es on ana­lyz­ing inter­sect­ing social hier­ar­chies, such as those based on race, gen­der, sex­u­al­i­ty, and citizenship.

Shana Brown

Shana Brown is an Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of his­to­ry at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Manoa. She is an expert on the intel­lec­tu­al and cul­tur­al his­to­ry of 20th cen­tu­ry China.

Betsy McLane

Bet­sy McLane holds a Ph.D. from the Uni­ver­si­ty of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia in Cin­e­ma: Crit­i­cal Stud­ies. She is the author of the book A NEW HISTORY OF DOCUMENTARY FILM.

Ed Carter

Ed Carter is the Doc­u­men­tary Cura­tor at the Acad­e­my of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences and has been research­ing Kukan for the past six years. He has a Mas­ters of Arts in Cin­e­ma Stud­ies from New York Uni­ver­si­ty and has orga­nized numer­ous doc­u­men­tary exhibits and screen­ings in the Unit­ed States and China.

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