About Films and Directors

Ultra Bleu (2016)

Zero One (2018)

Seoul, 2013. Jimmy Park has had a really rough night after confronting his cheating boyfriend and getting himself kicked out of a bar by a drag queen bouncer. Waking up the next evening to a quiet blue, he heads to a river where a chance encounter with a stranger reveals deeper issues he must confront on the path to adulthood.

A direct sequel to Ultra Bleu, Jimmy Park’s visiting home for the first time in years and has nothing to show for his time overseas. But old tensions come to a head when he confronts his homophobic sister over a deeply, dysfunctional family dinner. On New Year’s Day 2014, Jim will learn that the first step to finding our path is admitting we’re lost.

Nick Neon

Nick Neon is an award-winning Korean American filmmaker & actor. He is best known for his short films following Jimmy Park, a 20something and lost gay man struggling with Identity. Neon is a lover of Jurassic Park, vegan ice cream & desert skies before dawn.

 


Feature Movie (2012)

Frank’s Plan (2018)

An aspiring film student, Soohyun, is stuck making her first feature film.Her main obstacle is that her search for meaning only turns into nihilistic thoughts. The more effort she puts into making the film, the less there is that she wants to make a film about. Will she able to get out of this block and become a real “artist”? We will find out by sneaking a peek into her journals.

Frank is a recent retiree and lives alone in Staten Island, the outskirts of New York City. He spends his free time staking out his Korean immigrant neighbors, wanting to find something nefarious about them. But when he gets caught by a brazen teenage neighbor, Frank’s plan flips upside down.

Juhui Kwon

Juhui is an independent writer-director based in NYC, hailing from South Korea. Her early films have stemmed from a diaspora theme and essay film genre. After screening her earliest short film Moonrise, she was contacted by Kino Lorber Inc., an arthouse film distributor, and was under consideration for distribution. This was one of the inspirations that propelled Juhui to pursue an M.F.A in film writing & directing and gain a broader and deeper perspective. She studied under the guidance of the late Chantal Akerman, with whom Juhui shared her love for French New Wave cinema.

Others

Keynote Speaker: Esther Kim Lee

 
Esther Kim Lee specializes in theatre history and dramatic criticism. She teaches and writes about Asian American theatre, Korean diaspora theatre, interculturalism, and globalization and theatre. She is the author of A History of Asian American Theatre (Cambridge University Press, 2006), which received the 2007 Award for Outstanding Book given by Association for Theatre in Higher Education. She is the editor of Seven Contemporary Plays from the Korean Diaspora in the Americas (Duke University Press, 2012). From 2013 to 2014, she was the Chief Editor of Theatre Survey, the flagship journal of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), and starting in 2016, she began her position as ASTR’s Vice President for Publications. Her latest published book is The Theatre of David Henry Hwang (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015), and she is currently working on a monograph on the history of yellowface in the United States.
 
 

John (Song Pae) Cho
Visiting Assistant Professor
Davidson College

Morgan Pitelka
Director
Carolina Asia Center

Nathaniel Isaacson
Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Literature
North Carolina State University

I. Jonathan Kief
Assistant Professor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Nayoung Aimee Kwon
Associate Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Duke University

Ji-Yeon Jo
Associate Professor of Asian Studies
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill