2017 LACFF Team

Lewis Liu

Founder

lewis.liu@lacff.org

Lewis Liu was a co-founder and the director of programming of the inaugural DC Chinese Film Festival. He also served as a program manager at the Asia Society Southern California, and helped organize the 7th annual U.S. China Film Summit. Lewis earned his MFA in Film and Video Production at The University of Iowa, and identifies as an avant-pop filmmaker. 

 

Claire Yu

Co-Founder

claire.yu@lacff.org

Claire Yu is a PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has taught various film courses at Stony Brook while working for various film festivals across Taiwan and in the U.S. She was also a contributor at Taiwan’s top film website, FunScreen, and in 2016, she organized the Taiwan Film Institute’s annual Qiong Yao Film Festival and Conference.

 

Athena Bowe

Co-founder

athena.bowe@lacff.org

Athena joined the LACFF team with a background in research for the big 6 film studios and top gaming studios in China and the U.S. Previously, she staffed and directed multiple international educational conferences of 700+ people across China. These experiences and her research on audience reception during her time at Harvard studying East Asian Studies and Social Anthropology informs her work today.

 

Baifan Xie

Director of Programming

baifan.xie@lacff.org

With a master degree in Television, Film and New Media Production from San Diego State University, Baifan has taken on a variety of roles in many film festivals: she has worked as a panel interpreter and a showcase director. She also worked as a project coordinator, a role that involved film project packaging, financial strategies and international collaborations at Aldamisa Entertainment. 

 

Leky Lin

Director of Productions

Leky Lin is a trilingual (English, Chinese & Spanish) independent producer, who focuses on providing production services and film promotions for foreign films shooting in the U.S. Additionally, his film The Lottery won 15 international film festivals and is on the Berlin Film Festival shortlist.

 

Margaret Yang

Director of Partnership and Advertising

 jingzhu.yang@lacff.org

Ms. Margaret Yang is a native of China currently residing and working in New York City. She earned her Master’s Degree at Columbia University. Ms. Yang founded AmeriChina Group in 2014, which covers a diversity of business areas as a public relations agency, and has built numerous successful cases related to A-list events including: New York Fashion Week, Cannes Film Festival, Emmy Awards, Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Clinton Presidential Conference, a Buffett Shareholder Meeting, and Hollywood's Night Under Stars. In 2017, Jingzhu Yang was named as one of "30 Under 30s" on the All America Chinese Youth Federation (AACYF) list of Chinese outstanding entrepreneurs.

 

Mark SHUANGYI Liu

Director of Operations

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Mark Shuangyi Liu is a composer for commercial music. He writes music for films, animations, TV commercials and video games. Mark  holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition and a Master's Degree in Commercial Music.

 

Xuejun Wu

Director of Media & PR

Xuejun Wu is the President of multiple media companies, including: Beijing Xintai Culture Development, Beijing Lianxian Culture Communication, and South Korea Xintai. He is also China TV1’s Director of Operations. In 2015, he was honored with the Korean Wave Award.

 

Tian Guan

CO-Director of Programming

programming@lacff.org

Tian Guan is a filmmaker known for his work at numerous prestigious film festivals around the world. His film “DRAMA” won several awards including Best Live Action Short Film at the Warsaw Film Festival and Best Short Fiction at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival. His films are now part of the John Hopkins University MICA Film Center collection. Since 2015, Tian Guan has also served as an honored programmer for the US Slamdance Film Festival.

 

Vivian Bao

CO-Director of Operations

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Vivian Bao is a Chinese filmmaker currently based in Los Angeles. She received her BA from the Communication University of China. An internship with Shanghai SMG Pictures led her to pursue filmmaking. She went on to study at La Femis and received her MFA from the CalArts.

 

Yansong Wan

Associate Director of productions

Yansong Wan earned his master degree in the Academy of Art University in the major of advertising with a focus on art direction. He won Young Glory Bronze during school. He used to work in the VML CHINA as a multimedia designer. Now he is working for Los Angels Chinese Film Festival as art director, dedicated to Film promotion in the direction of advertising campaigns.

 

Jay Wang

Co-Director of Marketing

Jay Wang joined LACFF with a business and finance background. As an investment banker, he has advised on debt and equity capital raising, mergers & acquisitions and single picture financing for institutional clients in the U.S. media & entertainment industry. He brings a well-informed strategic perspective to the organization and business partners alike. 

 

Andrew Medina

CO-Director of Marketing

Andy is a graduate of Harvard University where he studied the History of Science and Russian language. He joined the team with a background in digital and social media marketing and event planning. Andy currently works in marketing for Ajinomoto Windsor, an international food company.

 

Nien-chen Lin

Associate Director of PRODUCTION

Nien-chen Lin is from Taiwan. She is dedicated to audiovisual translation, especially for films and television drama series. She is also interested in exploring the noir elements in contemporary Hong Kong and Korean films.

 

Yuhan Lin

Associate Director of Prodution

A Producer & photographer. She has been involved in some short films as a producer since she came to the U.S. Such as, Flashback Suicide, Missing and Now You Know. Apart from that, she is also an experienced photographer.

 

Min-wei Chen

video Editor

Min Wei Chen is a freelance filmmaker with four years of experience, specialized in video editing. She has worked on a variety of projects, including short films, music videos and commercials.

 

Josie Xu

Marketing associate

A motivated self-learner and detail-oriented problem solver.

 

Amanda Zhang

Programming coordinator

Amanda Zhang, director, and writer. She has worked in the TV industry for many years before moving to the US and becoming a filmmaker. She now serves as a production supervisor in a production company and works as an independent film director/writer.

 

Ariel Du

Programming coordinator

Ariel Du recently received her BFA degree in Creative Producing and minor degree in Film Studies from Dodge College of Media and Arts. Currently working as a programmer for the 34rd LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. Past internship includes BBC, Film Independent and etc.

 

Cece Wen

Operations coordinator

Cece Wen is an award-winning film composer and songwriter. After graduating from NYU film scoring program with a Master's degree in 2014, Cece has been scoring for all kinds of multimedia, including games, films, musicals, and commercials. Her works have been nominated to many international film festivals and game expos.

 

Bohan Gong

Program Manager

Bohan Gong is a Chinese American Movie Producer. Bohan earned his BFA degree in majored in Film and TV Production Management from Beijing Film Academy, also received MFA degree in Movie Production Program from University of Miami. Most recently known for co-production Films The King’s Daughter, Birth of The Dragon, Los Angeles Kidnapping, Shanghai Sojourners, etc., also he won numerous awards from the major film festival in all over the world.

 

Lorelai Jo-hsuan Lin

Translation Specialist

Lorelai is a Mandarin Chinese - English interpreter/translator and an aspiring screenwriter from Taipei, Taiwan. She holds a B.A. in English from the National Central University in Taiwan. Lorelai joins the LACFF team with a broad experience in translating for film festivals and film productions.

 

ALEX LI

IT Consultant

Alex Li is a software engineer with a background in economics and statistics. He is passionate about automating statistical analysis and developing smart systems. His current areas of interest include Machine Learning, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and building solutions that help people.