Diversity and inclusion has been a hot topic in film and TV this year. A recent study by the USC Annenberg School of Communication reported that in 2015, only 14 films of the top 100 box office earners included a lead from underrepresented groups. Not one lead was played by an Asian American; Native Americans and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders don't even significantly register in the study. Things are changing, but are they changing fast enough? Join filmmakers and actors for an open and frank discussion about the past, present, and future of Asian American and Native Hawaiian inclusion in film, television, and media.
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ABOUT THE PANELISTS:
Panel moderator TAYLOUR CHANG, Director of the Doris Duke Theatre, curates and oversees the Honolulu Museum of Art's film and music program. Previously, she served as the Doris Duke Theatre Manager. She received her B.A. from Yale University in Film Studies and Theatre Studies with concentrations on World Cinema and Sound Design. As President of the Yale Film Society, she organized film screenings, lectures, and symposia with the Whitney Humanities Center. Taylour has also written and directed documentaries and short films.
DANIEL DAE KIM
With his role on HAWAII FIVE-0, DANIEL DAE KIM continues his string of multifaceted and stereotype-breaking roles. Prior to Five-0, Kim was best known for his role as Jin Soo Kwon on the hit TV series "Lost.” In addition to his career onscreen, Kim recently directed his first episode of television, and started 3AD’s Production Company with a first-look development deal with CBS Television Studios. 3AD is led by Lindsay Goffman as Head of Development and Johnny Chiou as Development Executive.
DONNE DAWSON is Hawai‘i’s State Film Commissioner. She has spent more than 15 years building Hawai‘i’s film industry, which during her tenure has generated nearly $4 billion for the state’s economy. Prior to directing the Hawai‘i Film Office, Dawson worked as a journalist, producer and communications professional dedicated primarily to the promotion of film, the environment, native Hawaiian issues, and community building. Dawson is Native Hawaiian, born and raised in Nu‘uanu Valley.
KEO WOOLFORD directed the feature film “The Haumāna” and stage play THREE YEAR SWIM CLUB at East-West Players. As an actor, Keo can be seen in HAWAII 5-0, “Godzilla” and “Act of Valor.” He starred as the King of Siam in THE KING and I at the London Palladium and toured his one-man show I LAND for three years.
CHRIS LEE is the Founder and Director of the Academy for Creative Media System at the University of Hawaii. Previously the President of Production at TriStar Pictures and Columbia Pictures, Mr. Lee oversaw Academy Award-winning films such as Jerry Maguire, Philadelphia, and As Good As It Gets. Mr. Lee was the first Asian-American and minority to be named President of Production at a Hollywood studio.
CHRISTOPHER MAKOTO YOGI
CHRISTOPHER MAKOTO YOGI is a filmmaker from Honolulu, Hawai‘i. He is a Sundance Institute and Time Warner Fellow currently in development on his first feature, "I Was a Simple Man," which participated in the 2015 Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs. He is also an IFP fellow, and a Jerome Foundation artist grant recipient. His previous films include: "Makoto: or, Honesty.", "Obake" (Ghosts), and "Layover, on the Shore".