Filmmaker: Min Zhou
An award-winning journalist and filmmaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area,
Min has been focused on researching Chinese-American immigrant history and
working on multiple documentaries projects from the Chinese railroad workers in
19 th century to the Chinese veterans in WWII. She has been invited to museums,
colleges and non—profit organizations in US to screen her films about the Chinese
railroad workers. Among the awards she has won are the Gold Award for Arts and
Cultural documentary film from 50 th Houston International Film Festival in
2017，21th Excellent News Reporting from Northern California Chinese Media
Association in 2018 and Storyteller’s Award for bringing the Chinese pioneers’
stories to life through short documentary film in 2019.
Filmmaker: Julie Zhan
Julie Zhan stands at a daunting 5’13⁄4”, an unabashed double walking contradiction: Type-A-procrastinator-perfectionist-artist. She is an actress, filmmaker, and dancer born and raised in Guangzhou, China. Her work spans the small screen (NCIS: Los Angeles, Grandfathered, Pretty Little Liars,Wisdom of the Crowd), big screen (Comfort), digital screen (Wong Fu’s Yappie, Smosh, Fullscreen) , and stage (ABC Talent Showcase). Most recently, Zhan became one of the three 2019 HBO Visionaries for her film, Zoetic, that she co-wrote and co-directed alongside Wesley Chan. Zhan is also an impassioned advocate for diverse representation in the media.
Filmmaker: King Yaw Soon
Award-winning filmmaker and graphic designer, King was born in Tawau, Malaysia in 1992. He graduated summa cum laude from San Francisco State University with a BA in Cinema in 2018. His first documentary short, Something Carved And Real (2016) won the Campus MovieFest's National Best Picture Award for the 2016-2017 Season and was later chosen to represent the organization in the Cannes Court Métrage 2017. In the same summer, he was chosen to represent USA as one of the 24 filmmaker teams from around the world to compete in the Thailand International Destination Film Festival. His undergraduate thesis film My Mother, Myself & I had its world premiere at the Academy-qualifying Cinequest Film Festival 2019. He currently resides in San Francisco and works as a video editor at Electronic Arts.
Filmmaker: Andrea Yu-Chieh Cheng
Long before discovering her passion in documentary filmmaking, Andrea Yu-Chieh Chung was born in Taipei, Taiwan, to a family full of wanderers. Her mother is a flight attendant, while her father's family belongs to a subgroup of Han Chinese called Hakka, who got their name, literally translates as "guest people," because of their large diaspora population. Influenced by her family, Andrea is curious about the world and passionate about telling stories of people who are in between places and those who strive to understand and overcome differences. Andrea’s documentary and multimedia work have allowed her to continue exploring the globe.
Filmmaker: Eugene Kim
After writing and directing a number of award-winning shorts while studying film at San Jose State University, Eugene Kim went on to write and direct his first narrative feature, Liquor Store Cactus, which world premiered at the Pusan International Film Festival in the summer of 2009. In 2010, Eugene began work on his second feature film, Gooberland. Gooberland is a film that exhibits the hardships of being a struggling musician in the Bay Area. Gooberland examines the hopes and dreams that seem to fuel our current generation, as well as dissecting the adversity of contemporary relationships. Eugene tends to display the honest hardships of everyday living through his writing. Most of his writing derives from the places that he's been, the situations that he's seen, and the people he's crossed paths with. As a filmmaker, Eugene wishes to make honest films that will resonate with those willing to watch.