COMMITTEE

List in no particular order

Jonathan Fung

Dr. Jonathan Fung teaches film production and film theory classes at Santa Clara University in the San Francisco Bay Area. He also serves on the Cinequest Film Festival Jury and the Windrider Bay Area Film Forum steering committee. Fung is an accomplished filmmaker and video artist. His video installation work encompasses a wide range of U.S. and international exhibitions, including: a collaboration with Nam June Paik (the father of video art) for Electronic Super Highway at the Holly Solomon in New York City; the Doek exhibition where his film Een Nauwe Poort (A Narrow Gate) was screened outside the canals of Amsterdam on 17th century ship sails; the Snow Show exhibition at the Venice Biennale; I Eat, Therefore I Am exhibited at the San Jose Museum of Art; Down the Rabbit Hole in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, which exposed the darkness of sex trafficking. His most recent narrative short film, Hark, is spreading awareness and raising social consciousness about human trafficking. Hark screened at many film festivals this past year, including the Cannes Film Festival Court Metrage, and received 3 Best Narrative Short Film awards and a Best Director award. Fung is currently working on an art installation focusing on human trafficking for the 5x5 exhibition in Washington DC this fall. Jonathan Fung is committed to bringing hope and positive change through faith, arts and justice.

Keith Howell

Keith Howell has been an editor/publisher in United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Japan and United States. He has been involved with magazines in science (Physics Teacher, Technical Education, Oceans), travel (Hong Kong Guide, Sawasdee), fashion (SF Moda), environment and culture (Whale, Pacific Discovery, California Wild, Napa Valley)and has contributed articles to many more. His publications have won many awards, including Best West Coast Magazine (Oceans). He is the author of East Asia Guide and Brush of the Cat. Howell has been a consultant and lead judge with the selection committee for the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival. He is also a world traveler, often learning the culture by working as an English teacher in many of the countries he visits. He has a Master’s degree from Edinburgh University.

Nicolás P. Villarreal

Nicolás P. Villarreal was born and raised in La Plata, Argentina. He studied at the Escuela of Animacion y Cinematografía de Avellaneda where he earned a degree in 2D Animation. While studying animation he was taken under the wing of Miguel Alzugaray, a well-known fine artist from Argentina. He continued studying animation and fine art painting until he entered the Master’s Program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Villarreal graduated with honors in the Spring of 2002, and since then he has been working as a traditional animator, character designer, sculptor and Visual Development artist for films and video games including Walt Disney Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment, Jim Henson Studios, Sega, Digital Domain and Amazon Studios among others. He has given presentations at Pixar Animation Studios, Stanford University and several universities in South America and Europe as well as a TEDx talk. Nicolás is the co-founder of Red Clover Studios as well as the Director of the Visual Development Department at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he shares his experience with his students. Nicolás P. Villarreal - IMDb"

Birnbaum, Jeremiah
Founder/CEO of San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking

Film Director, Producer, Screenwriter

A native New Yorker, Jeremiah has worked as a director, producer, screenwriter, editor and educator in filmmaking for over twenty-four years. In addition to his work with FilmSchoolSF, Jeremiah is the President of Fog City Pictures, one of the most prolific feature film production companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the last seven years, Fog City Pictures has developed and produce a variety of feature films and documentaries which have screened at dozens of festivals around the world and gone on to be released in theaters, on DVD, VOD, and iTunes. Fog City Pictures has a reputation for working with San Francisco’s most talented filmmakers, cast and crew, as well as for bringing in talent from Los Angeles and New York City.

Most recently, Jeremiah directed and produced the award-winning feature film, TORN. Released in theaters across the country in October 2013, TORN has received much critical praise including rave reviews from The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter and the San Francisco Chronicle.

As a producer, Jeremiah has worked with many accomplished filmmakers, including Academy Award winners Barbara Kopple and Leon Gast, as well as Cannes & Sundance-winning filmmaker, Rob Nilsson.

As an educator, Jeremiah co-developed FilmSchoolSF’s unique production-based curriculum and teaches many of the classes in directing, producing and screenwriting. He first became involved in education while teaching editing and media literacy to teenagers as part of the Urban League of Newark, New Jersey’s summer program.

Jeremiah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Philosophy from Wesleyan University and attended the filmmaking program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Hongtong Lin
Former Professor of Academy of Beijing Film

Hongtong Lin is the former youth film studio director, vice president of the China Film Performing Art Institute, Beijing television celebrity art school principal and etc. In 1992 he was awarded the outstanding contribution of experts honor from the China National Council. He has been teaching for more than 50 years; has taught 20,000 classes with nearly 1,000 students. He has teaching the performing arts, film directing and film master, techniques and contemporary editing curriculum. He was professor of master degree of film students. He was also former Golden Rooster Award judges (11th, 14th, 20th), Golden Bridge Award judge (3rd and 4th), Huabiao Award judge, the top ten movie star judge and movie hundred year "Century Cup" Award judge.

  • His nine films won the National Film Award. The China National Council awarded him the honor of outstanding contributions of experts.
  • He wrote 16 original film scripts, directed 10 films and TV series and 22 dramas.
  • He wrote a hundred of books, scripts and reviews, etc. which is more than 12,000,000 words.
Lei Zhang - Judge

Chinese Academy of Arts, Beijing China, (2006 - present)
Director of Digital Arts Production and Research

  • Planning and Directing Musical TV shows of CCTV
  • Music creating and performing
  • Researching in projects of visual music products for Wireless Communication Market

Education:
1999 Osaka University, Osaka Japan
Ph.D. in Film Music

1992 Kobe University, Kobe Japan
M.Ed. of Music Education

1982 Shenyang Conservatory of Music, Shenyang China
B.A. Major in Bamboo Flute & Writing

Dr. Zhang is Researcher at the China s Academy of Arts and Music, Director at Digital Arts Production and Research Centre, Director of Visual film and Music, Musician. He currently researches in “Visual Music” and “Musical Cartoon” production; fusion of originality research production organization, explores within the inter-crossed domain of art studies. Numbers of such Image Film or Musical works have been presented and published abroad and within China, and have obtained international arts and music awards. Dr. Zhang puts forward “Digital Dream Creation” in public, through digital artists’ original creative concepts, researches and produces new and original formations of digital arts with the development of IT information technology and evolvement of mobile media and streaming media. Dr. Zhang also participated in collaboration of Japan and China film production plan, and actively engages into international arts & communication campaigns.

Professional Works(Year/ Activity) and Awards includes:

2009 August A Judge at the CCTV2009 Culture Music Festival, directed and sponsored by SARFT The State Administration of Radio Film and Television.
2008 June A series of lectures at CCTV music channel
September Performs at CCTV during Mid-Autumn Festival event
October As Executive Director, works in the Large scale Out-door stage “Jing Gang Shan"

Brian Ho
Judge for SFNEWFILM
Founder, News for Chinese

Brian Ho began his career in print media at the year of 1985 in Chinese Daily newspaper World Journal San Francisco, and worked his way up to Director of Marketing of Northern California for the national publication. In 2008, he left and started News for Chinese--a Bay Area community-focused media company that serves readers with local news via newspaper, web, and radio. With over 30 years of experience in media and print journalism, he continues to develop new ways to help the Chinese-American community--local businesses and residents alike--flourish through sharing knowledge and resources. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, News for Chinese now reaches over 60,000 readers a month, and ranks among the most popular news sites and radio programs for the Chinese community in the Bay Area.

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北美文艺社
Extol Arts & Culture
GGConnections
美中文化传播协会
US-China Culture & Communication Association
愚人戏剧工作坊
沈阳中北广电影视制作有限公司
北京华纳天泽文化传媒有限公司
Siga Water(FIJI) Limited
Academy of Art University
Chinese Students Association
San Francisco State University
Chinese Students and Scholars Association
University of San Francisco
Chinese Students and Scholars Association
Berkeley Chinese Students
and Scholars Association
CSUEB
Chinese Students and Scholars Association
Ohlone College
California College of Arts
Chinese Students Association
University of San Francisco
Chinese Students Association
中國駐舊金山总領事館 China General Consulate
Chinese Arts Festival