Damn the Past!

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Bios - Filmmakers

JULI KANG (Director) was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in Los Angeles. She received her BA from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where she majored in History. She discovered her passion for filmmaking while producing a documentary about refugee and immigrant youth in Philadelphia. Juli moved to LA to pursue an MFA in film directing at UCLA. Her films Princess Fever and The Liberation of Everyday Life have played at many festivals. She is the recipient of several filmmaking awards, including the Jack Nicholson Distinguished Student Director Award and the Edie and Lew Wasserman Fellowship in Film Directing.

JULIEN FAVRE (Producer) was born in Belgium and raised in France. He holds a BA in Political Sciences, an MBA from France’s leading business school ESSEC and a Masters in Film and Television from the Sorbonne. He worked in the entertainment industry in France for 10 years, first as an art director, then as a creative executive for France’s leading broadcaster TF1 before receiving his MFA in Producing from UCLA in 2006 where he produced 5 short films including Damn the Past! He is now a partner in DViant Films, an independent production company specializing in digital features. In his latest project, he is developing stories about the American dream with directors from Europe, Asia and Africa.

JAMES C. YUAN (Director of Photography) was born in Michigan and raised in Texas and Southern California. He knew he would become a filmmaker at the age of seven after watching Kubrick’s 2001 and started making films in junior high school. After receiving his BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Pomona College, he started the MFA program in Directing and Cinematography at UCLA. His first year film Fluorescence won the prestigious UCLA Spotlight Award in 2001. His award-winning work as Director of Photography has screened at Cannes and numerous other festivals around the world, in films as diverse as Quentin Lee’s feature Ethan Mao, Lillian Wang’s Shout, and Tim McCarthy’s The Rick.

CHRISTINE KIM (Editor) discovered her passion for editing while cutting experimental shorts at Williams College in Massachusetts, where she received a degree in English Literature. Since arriving in Los Angeles, she has edited numerous short films, a feature-length documentary, and an episode of the Sci-Fi Network’s show Good vs. Evil. Most recently she edited Quentin Lee’s feature Ethan Mao and Rimini Stories. She has also lent her technical expertise as an assistant editor to many films, including Mulholland Drive, Bad Boys II, Déjà vu, Pirates of the Caribbean III and the television show Battlestar Galactica.

WILLOW WILLIAMSON (Composer) is a composer, keyboardist, singer, and guitarist. She has a BA in music composition from Mills College and an MFA in Music and New Media from California Institute of the Arts. Willow has scored numerous award winning films, including Independent Spirit nominated film Dahmer, The Mind is a Place of its Own, directed by David Jacobson, and Emmy-Award and LA Film Festival winning documentary, Be Good, Smile Pretty, by director Tracy Tragos. Short film credits include Wednesday Afternoon by Alonso Mayo, Contemplating Annie by Thyrale Thai and Still Life and Shout by Lillian Wang. Willow also co-produced a down tempo rock album with her band, "This Side of North" in 2004. Tracks from the album have been featured on TV in "Monarch Cove", "24/7", and "Dirt". Recent projects include composing music the first week of Suzan Lori Parks' "365 Days/365 Plays" staged at Yale University by Bronwen MacArthur and Emily Coates; winning a "Meet the Composer" grant to teach workshops and stage a multi-media performance in collaboration with drummer Harris Eisenstadt and artists in Dakar, Senegal. Willow lives part of the year in New York and part of the year in Dakar with her husband and son.

CHRIS NESHEIM (Composer) grew up in Sacramento and started playing piano at the age of 5. Soon afterwards, he picked up guitar, singing, making films, and driving classic cars in the rolling golden hills of the central valley. Chris has been composing and playing in personal indie rock music projects and in many television and film scoring projects. He created music for Project Greenlight Two (Miramax/HBO) and Genius of the Idiot Box (Trio Network). He also composed the score for the animated short The Thing with No Head, directed by Mark Fearing. As a day job, Chris works in the world of post production as a picture editor.

CHANDA YVETTE DANCY (Composer) is an award winning composer and violinist who began her musical studies on violin at the age of nine. She began composing music when she was twelve, and then pursued formal composition studies at Houston Baptist University. After graduating with highest honors from HBU, Chanda was awarded the BMI Foundation’s Pete Carpenter Fellowship in Film Scoring, which enabled her to study under composer Mike Post. She was also a scholarship composer at the 2003 Henry Mancini Institute. Chanda is also a recent graduate from the University of Southern California Advanced Studies in Scoring for Film and Television. Chanda has scored many films, including the official Sundance Film Festival selection MVP and the critically acclaimed documentary, What Are We Waiting For? Chanda is also lead composer for the video games “Arabian Lords” and “Code Orange” by BreakAway Games, as well as co-composer for the indie game “Sector 13”.

ABE SYLVIA (Choreographer) was born in Ohio, but raised in Oklahoma. Abe graduated from the Boston Conservatory with a degree in theater, landing his first of four Broadway shows while still a junior. In his tenure as a UCLA grad film director, he has written and directed three short films. His first, Feltch Sanders, won first prize for comedy in the Planet Out short movie awards and the title “Most Original Film” at UCLA’s Director’s Spotlight. His second film, My Mother’s Hairdo, is the recipient of the Jack Nicholson Distinguished Student Director Award, and won the award for “Best Visual Design” at the UCLA film festival. Abe comes to film from the Broadway stage where he appeared in the original company and subsequent film version of Mel Brooks’ The Producers. Other credits include Cats, Tommy Tune’s Busker Alley, The Sopranos, and dying four horrible deaths in Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor. He is currently working on his first feature, Dirty Girl, to be produced by Christine Vachon’s Killer Films.