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The ASIAN PACIFIC FILMMAKERS EXPERIENCE in PARK CITY that took place during Sundance/Slamdance on January 21 was an amazing success. Thank you to the colleagues and organizations and sponsors who joined us. It was a great and inspiring afternoon with so many new Asian American media creators, industry leaders and artists gathering together to make this an even more empowered community! Packed house and kept going from 2PM – 6PM.

David Ninh and his crew at KICKSTARTER LODGE brought their game and made it a huge success with their space, their food and their drink. Need to thank the #APAParkCity CORE CREW/BRAINTRUST for making this a success – Christine Mini Chang, Laarni Rosca Dacanay, Abraham Ferrer, Francis Cullado, Daryn Wakasa, Michelle Sugihara, Benny Magdael Jr., Elisha Gustafson, Francisco Sanchez, Merissa Magdael-Lauron, Vince Johnson, Kenji Tsukamoto, Aubrey Valle Magalang, joanne from SLC (SL_UT).

SHOUT out to our sponsors Warner Bros. Entertainment, Comcast, Kickstarter, SAG-AFTRA, Center for Asian American Media, and our partner orgs – Visual Communications, David Magdael & Associates, Inc., CAPE – Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, A3 Foundation, Pacific Arts Movement, Kollaboration.

Heartfelt thanks to our panelists – Nina Yang Bongiovi, Jon M. Chu, Andrew Ahn, Ginger Shankar, Vivian Bang, Tiffanie Hsu – you all rocked it.

It was so inspiring and encouraging to feel the energy and the passion from the room of our community. I hope we all take this same feeling and energy back with us as we head down the mountain during this week. #onward #AsAmCreatorRollCall

David Magdael

Masashi Niwano of the Center for Asian American Media greets Cyrus Tabar and friend.

At ClaimJumper on Main Street, the organizing crew from the Center for Asian American Media inhale before the festivities get started (from left): Sapana Sakya, Don Young, Sierra Lee, Nadja Pham Lockwood, Lin Kung, and Masashi Niwano.

Filmmakers From Opposite Sides of Main Street CAN Unite: Andrew Ahn (THIS CLOSE) and Slamdance TV director Marie Jamora meet up at ClaimJumper on Main Street.

Don Young of the Center for Asian American Media greets the morning audience and previews the day’s action.

Filmmaker Jess X. Snow (right) with other guests at the morning panel, “Beyond Borders: Asian Americans and the Immigrant Voice” at ClaimJumper on Main Street.

Director Bing Liu (MINDING THE GAP) expounds on the finer points of his documentary feature as moderator Karim Ahmad takes it all in.

Taking in the experience of the panel, “Beyond Borders: Asian Americans and the Immigrant Voice” at ClaimJumper on Main Street.

The Center for Asian American Media’s Masashi Niwano greets filmmaker and actress Sujata Day.

The action moves up the hill to the Kickstarter Lodge as the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience in Park City prepares for the afternoon session. Here, Christine Minji Chang of Kollaboration greets Terra Potts, Vice President of Multicultural Marketing of Warner Bros. Pictures, a major sponsor of The Experience.

Visual Communications’ Abraham Ferrer and David Magdael of David Magdael & Associates — the longest-tenured organizing members of the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience in Park City — recognize the work of the sadly-missed Irene Cho, a vital member of The Experience organizing team from 2013 through 2017.

Kollaboration’s Christine Minji Chang greets DGA member director Jon M. Chu in advance of the panel, “#AsAmCreatorRollCall Fireside Chat” at the Kickstarter Lodge.

Director Jon M. Chu and Alex Wu of the Asian American Artists Foundation flank the team behind the 2018 Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience in Park City (from left): David Magdael, Michelle Sugihara, Abraham Ferrer, Christine Minji Chang, Aubrey Magalang, Laarni Rosca Dacanay, Merissa Madgael-Lauron, Francis Cullado, Manpreet Kaur, and Marvin Yueh.

Director Daryn Wakasa owes a measure of the success of his festival circuit fave SEPPUKU to his lead actress Taryn Akemi Look, a fixture at the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience since 2015. The two met up at this year’s Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience in Park City, prior to the afternoon panel, “#AsAmCreatorRollCall Fireside Chat” at the Kickstarter Lodge.

Notorious NYB Meets Irrepressible DMag: Uber-producer of the moment Nina Yang Bongiovi meets up with David Magdael in the “VIP” section overlooking the crowd at the Kickstarter Lodge.

Alex Wu of the Asian American Artists Foundation greets multi-threat filmmaker Vivian Bang, whose debut producing/screenwriting effort WHITE RABBIT premiered to an enthusiastic response at the Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT section.

Kickstarter Lodge’s David Ninh greets panelist Tiffianie Hsu and Kollaboration’s Christine Minji Chang.

Listening in on David Magdael at the Kickstarter Lodge, filmmakers Vivian Bang, Tiffanie Hsu, Andrew Ahn, and Jon M. Chu soak in the significance of the moment.

David Madgael implores the SRO crowd at Kickstarter Lodge to support and attend the screenings of the over 60 artists with works at this year’s Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals.

And Off We Go! Kollaboration’s Christine Minji Chang moderates the afternoon panel, “#AsAmCreatorRollCall Fireside Chat” as part of the 14th Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience in Park City at Kickstarter Lodge (from left): Chang, Tiffanie Hsu, Gingger Shankar, Vivian Bang, Andrew Ahn, and John M. Chu.

The floor area of the Kickstarrter Lodge is SRO; Kickstarter’s David Ninh and CAPE’s Michelle Sugihara block the stairway.

Just a part of the SRO crowd that partook the afternoon panel of the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience in Park City, “#AsAmCreatorRollCall Fireside Chat”, at Kickstarter Lodge.

Jo-Ann Wong, longtime uber-volunteer of the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience in Park City, listens in on the panelists.

And even more crowds. KOFIC USA’s Soo Jin Hwang (second from right) was in the house.

Filmmaker Jess X. Snow greets actress Taryn Akemi Look.

Directors Andrew Ahn (THIS CLOSE) and Christina Choe (NANCY), with friend.

Composer Timo Chen comes to the table and pays tribute to Irene Cho.

Somewhere in the maddening crowd, musician and panelist Gingger Shankar fields a question from an audience member at the Kickstarter Lodge.

Filmmaker Theresa Loong is feeling left out of place in the company of actress Jodi Long and a friend of the Sundance Film Festival.

Marvin Yueh rounds up an audio #AsAmCreatorRollCall shout for The Daily Buzz podcast. First up is Minji!

Kickstarter Lodge’s Iyabo Boyd is greeted by filmmakers Valerie Castillo Martinez and Diane Paragas.

Slamdance Film Festival alum Cyrus Tabar offers some moviegoing suggestions to current Slamdance artist Xizi “Cecilia” Hua (WHERE ARE YOU FROM).

Benjamin To, Andrew Ahn, and Julia Hwang hold down the Kickstarter Lodge entrance and show people exactly who they are.

Benjamin To, Andrew Ahn, and Julia Hwang hold down the Kickstarter Lodge entrance and show people exactly who they are.

(Photos by Abraham Ferrer/Daryn Wakasa/Visual Communications Photographic Archive)

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