"FUTURE FORWARD" AS C3 CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS FESTIVAL OPENING WEEKEND

Visual Communications (VC) presented the seventh edition of the Conference for Creative Content (C3), the premiere Asian American media arts conference on April 29 - May 1, 2017, during the 33rd edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The only event of its kind, this year’s C3 theme was FUTURE FORWARD, bringing together the foremost media professionals in film, television, cable, digital and transmedia to create a dialogue on the ever-changing media industry, share best practices, network, celebrate and build a collective vision for our community.

The 2017 C3: Conference for Creative Content featured three days of panels at the Aratani Central Hall, Japanese American National Museum and Ari Hall, Korean Cultural Center; and receptions at the Weingart Foyer & Hirasaki Garden of the Japanese American National Museum, the courtyard of the Union Center for the Arts, and the Korean Cultural Center allowing for conference guests to network with each other in an informal atmosphere.

Beginning with the opening panel “Directing Horror & Genre” through to the final panel of the conference, “Independent Filmmaking in the Era of Digital Distribution,” the 2017 C3 Conference brought together over 40 professionals representing directing, producing, writing, and various technical aspects of the motion picture, television and digital industry. A large, attentive audience of fellow media professionals, filmmakers, entertainment guild members, and Festival Week goers gained considerable insight into the craft, business, and even politics of creative content making as seen through the inclusion of a diverse and impressive array of panelists and moderators.

Photo Credits: Steven Lam & Hubert Cheng

Photo Credits: Steven Lam & Hubert Cheng

Among the highlights of the 2017 C3 Conference was the politically-charged panel, “Media and Social Change”. As this panel took place on the exact date marking the 25th anniversary of the LA Uprising, moderator Phil Yu (ANGRY ASIAN MAN) discussed with filmmakers, academics and writers regarding how the increase in technological advancement has helped to shape the way communities of color have been portrayed in mass media and popular entertainment. Sponsored by the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, the panel served as a means of catalyzing long-term, sustained actions for substantial change in the entertainment industry and media.

The conference relies on the support of numerous individuals, partner organizations, and sponsors. In addition to support from the SAG-Producers Industry Advancement Cooperation Fund, the 2017 C3 Conference was made possible with partnerships with Nielsen, Motion Pictures Editors Guild (MPEG), Directors Guild of America (DGA), Writers Guild of America, west (WGAw), the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), SAGindie, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, the Korean Film Council, RocketJump and BuzzFeed.

 

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SATURDAY, APRIL 29

PANEL ONE: DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA (DGA): Directing Horror & Genre

A spine-tingling conversation with some of the brightest API directing talent in film and television today, as they discuss their experiences, their career and the future of horror and genre.

Michael Goi | Director/Cinematographer: AMERICAN HORROR STORY, SLEEPY HOLLOW
Viet Nguyen | Director/Writer/Editor: iZOMBIE, CRUSH THE SKULL, THE FOLLOWING
Jennifer Phang | Director/Writer: ADVANTAGEOUS, THE EXORCIST (tv)
Steven J. Kung (moderator) | Co-Chair, DGA Asian American Committee

 

PANEL TWO: MOTION PICTURE EDITORS GUILD (MPEG): Editing for Animation and Stop Motion

A contemplative dialogue with the editors from some of the biggest box office animated/stop motion films in history – discussing the industry, their processes and their look into the future of animation.

Jeff Draheim | Editor: MOANA, FROZEN, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG
Edie Ichioka | Editor: AMUSEMENT PARK, THE BOX TROLLS, TOY STORY 2
Maysie Hoy (moderator) | Editor: THE JOY LUCK CLUB, WHAT DREAMS MAY COME

 

PANEL THREE: DIMENSION 404: The Future of Storytelling in the Digital Space

An introspective look into the future of storytelling. Hear from the creative minds of the new digital-age anthology show DIMENSION 404, bringing their background as digital space pioneers and celebrated talent to create one of the most talked about shows this Spring.

Cherish Chen | Producer: ROCKETJUMP
Freddie Wong | Director/Writer/Producer/Actor: DIMENSION 404, VIDEO GAME HIGH SCHOOL
Jennie Yamaki | Production Executive/Line Producer: Lionsgate’s Digital Studios
Sujata Day (moderator) | Writer/Producer/Actor: COWBOY AND INDIAN, INSECURE, AWKWARD BLACK GIRL

 

PANEL FOUR: UCLA LUSKIN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS: Media and Social Change

For better or for worse, our community vision and self-image has been shaped by – and in some unfortunate instances, tainted – by the way communities of color have been portrayed in mass media and popular entertainment. In this special conversation with filmmakers, scholars and cultural workers, we will assess whether progressive change can be enacted by a paradigm shift in how we are portrayed onscreen, in print, and in other forms of commercial and independently-produced communication.

Justin Chon | Director/Actor/Writer, GOOK, REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS
Gaye Theresa Johnson | UCLA Asso Prof, African American Studies and Chicana/o Studies
Ananya Roy | Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare and Geography, and Director of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin
Renee Tajima-Peña | Filmmaker/UCLA Asian American Studies Professor, WHO KILLED VINCENT CHIN?, NO MÁS BEBÉS
Jenny Yang | Writer/Producer/Comedian, THE COMEDY COMEDY FESTIVAL: A COMEDY FESTIVAL
Phil Yu (moderator) | Writer/Speaker and Founder of ANGRY ASIAN MAN

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 30

PANEL FIVE: BUZZFEED: Impact and Visibility On the Digital Frontier and Beyond

Designated as Fast Company's #1 Most Innovative Company in 2016, BuzzFeed is the leading independent digital media company delivering news and entertainment to hundreds of millions of people around the world. We’re bringing together their executives and pioneering content creators for a special discussion on impact and storytelling in the digital age.

Ryan Bergara | Video Producer, BuzzFeed Motion Pictures
Steven Lim | Video Producer, BuzzFeed Motion Pictures
Ashly Perez | Development Partner, BuzzFeed Motion Pictures
Jennifer Ruggirello | Video Producer, BuzzFeed Motion Pictures
Eugene Lee Yang | Development Partner, BuzzFeed Motion Pictures
Hieu Ho (moderator) | Development Executive, BuzzFeed Motion Pictures

 

PANEL SIX: WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA/WEST (WGAw): Women On Top: Meet The Creative Forces Behind QUEEN OF THE SOUTH and QUEEN SUGAR

The heads of some of the biggest serialized programming on television today will discuss running their shows as well as the importance of diversity in Hollywood.

Natalie Chaidez | Executive Producer/Showrunner: QUEEN OF THE SOUTH
Monica Macer | Executive Producer/Showrunner: QUEEN SUGAR
Pang-Ni Landrum (moderator) | Vice Chair, WGAw Asian American Writers Committee

 

PANEL SEVEN: SCREEN ACTORS GUILD-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TELEVISION AND RADIO ARTISTS (SAG-AFTRA): Better Luck Tomorrow: A Retrospective

15 years ago this seminal film created a stir at Sundance Film Festival and went on to be the launching point for not only of the careers of the cast, but also for conversations on how APIs were reflected in mainstream media. Join the cast in looking back at what has changed in their career paths and the state of diversity in the media – past, present and future.

Justin Lin | Director
Karin Anna Cheung | Stephanie
Roger Fan | Daric
Sung Kang | Han
Parry Shen | Ben
Aaron Takahashi | Takashi
Jen Yamato (moderator) | Film Reporter, Los Angeles Times

 

Monday, May 1

PANEL EIGHT: KOREAN FILM COUNCIL (KOFIC): Independent Filmmaking in the Era of Digital Distribution

Join this in-depth panel with digital agents, studio execs and content buyers focusing on emerging filmmakers and how to get their projects distributed.

Katrina Frolov | Sr. Manager, Programming, Comcast’s Watchable
Gary King | Director of Development, Machinima
Nathan Kitada | Creative Development Exec., YouTube Originals
Owen Shiflett | Original Series, Shudder and Sundance Now
Philip Chung (moderator) | Creative Content, You Offend Me You Offend My Family (YOMYOMF)