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Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest

Award Winning Film Shorts Guests


November 1, 2019

Going Home

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.

November 2, 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.

November 2, 2019

My Mother Myself & I

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. 

Actress (Mother): Yin Yin Liow

Actor-singer, Yin Yin Liow, born Johor Bahru, Malaysia, began her performing career in 2001 when she was crowned the "Female Champion" in Asia Star Search, an international talent competition organized by Mediacorp TV Channel, Singapore. In her early performing career, she was nominated as “The Best New Artist in Singapore” and “The Best Chinese Radio DJ”. She currently resides in California to pursue her passion in acting and music.

November 3, 2019

The Six
Co-Creator and Lead Researcher: 
Steven Schwankert
Steven Schwankert is the co-creator and lead researcher on The Six, a book and documentary film project revealing the story of the Chinese passengers on board RMS Titanic. An explorer and maritime historian based in Beijing, in 2006 he discovered the unknown fate of Royal Navy submarine HMS Poseidon, which became both the film "The Poseidon Project" and the book Poseidon: China's Secret Salvage of Britain's Lost Submarine. In 2007, he and his team discovered two century-old wooden shipwrecks in Mongolia's Lake Khovsgol. Other explorations include the Underwater Great Wall of China, and the Lion City, a sunken Ming dynasty town.

November 3, 2019

Finding Nasseebi

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.

November 3, 2019


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.