Meet Our Jurors!

January 13, 2021

Short Narrative Film Jury

Angel “Moonyeka”  Alviar-Langley is a sick/disabled Filipinx femme movement based storyteller + pleasure practitioner who utilizes art creation, teaching, and organizing to realize a world that honors her communities’ stories in a way that is healing, celebratory, and generative. Amongst many projects and collaboration Moonyeka continues to facilitate LIL BROWN GIRLS CLUB (a movement based mentorship program for young g*rls of color), organized (e)merge: a movement-based healing intensive for dance communities and beyond in September 2019; moves + creates work with Dani Tirrell and The Congregation, and is working on LOOB** — a multi-disciplinary  biomythography/memoir as part of their 2020 Northwest Film Forum x Velocity Dance Center Dance Film Residency.

Ananya Garg is a poet, performer, and educator. Her first film, MANGO: a short film, was a collaboration between her and filmmaker Vicco Naylor. MANGO: a short film premiered at the Northwest Film Forum’s 2020 Cadence Video Poetry Festival. Ananya has performed poetry across many venues in the greater Seattle area, and also the Bay Area. She is known for her performance in Tasveer’s 2018 production of Yoni Ki Baat, directed by Uma Rao. This March, she embarked on the 2020 Sister Spit Tour across the West Coast. Ananya currently teaches poetry to youth and adults.

Rayna Mathis is the daughter of a Filipino immigrant, an educator, writer, lindy hopper, and horror movie fanatic. She is a graduate of the University of Washington, Vice Chair of KEXP’s Community Advisory Board and is deeply invested in Seattle’s arts and culture communities. To pass the never-ending COVID quarantine days, Rayna can be found tending to her Little Free Library in Beacon Hill, dancing in her living room, or practicing new languages.

Short Documentary Film Jury

Ling Chun is a multimedia artist from Hong Kong, who is also an educational guide for the Wing Luke Museum. She is a recent recipient of the ArtBridge Fellowship sponsored by Chihuly Garden and Glass and has recently been shortlisted for the Young Master Art Prize in London as well as Emerging Artist Award from The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts in 2020. She works toward creating artifacts, which speak about history with a contemporary sensibility. Chun’s work represents how multicultural identity lives in current society and focusing on the physicality of materials separating from their stereotype and cultural reference by questioning their authentic use and redefining them in her language.

Rachtha Danh comes from a huge, loving Khmer-Chinese immigrant refugee family. Television and movies was how the family learned about Western society while the downtown White Center video rental shop was how they connected to their language and cultural roots. Rachtha is fortunate to be involved within Seattle’s Chinatown International District community where he has lived for the better part of the 20’teens. He is currently the building manager for one of the historic residential hotels in the neighborhood and the co-chair APACEvotes.

Selena Yip was born in the Philadelphia Area and was raised with strong familial and community ties to Philadelphia’s Chinatown. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2017 with a double major in psychology and anthropology. In 2018, she produced Staying Put: Stories of Chinatown’s Resistance as part of Scribe Video Center’s Precious Places Philadelphia history project, which documented the history of the Philadelphia Chinatown community’s resilience in the face of urban development and gentrification. While working on the documentary, Selena met and joined the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival team and is now working as their Festival Director.

Feature Film Jury

Shilpa Davé is an Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia and Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Studies. She is the author of Indian Accents: Brown Voice and Racial Performance in American Television and Film (University of Illinois Press Feb 2013) and is the co-editor of Global Asian American Popular Cultures (NYU Press 2016) and East Main Street: Asian American Popular Culture (NYU Press 2005). Shilpa Davé received her Ph.D. in English specializing in Asian American Studies and Cultural Studies from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a B.S. degree at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Professor Davé researches and teaches about representations of race and gender in media and popular culture, American cultural narratives of immigration and border crossings, comparative American studies including Asian American and South Asian American Studies, and film, television, and literary studies.

Lee Ngo is an entrepreneur and writer based in the Pacific Northwest. He is currently leading the story development efforts of EAST Films, co-writing and producing several titles such as Dogcow and Stuntwoman (both in pre-production). He is also a freelance screenwriter, currently working on a project with BHD Vietnam Media Corp. Lee was a participant in the Bucheon International Fantastic Film School in 2020 and stays active at relevant film festivals such as Hawaii International, Viet Film Fest, Los Angeles Asian Pacific and Seattle Asian American. He received a B.A. from Yale University and M.A. from the University of California, Irvine.

Erin Shigaki is a Yonsei from Seattle, WA who creates art focused on the experiences of BIPOC communities, often the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans, including her own family. She is passionate about highlighting similarities between that history and the inhumane detention and family separation immigrants face today, and other systemic injustices Black and Brown people continue to face. Erin shares stories about moments of beauty and resilience under difficult conditions with the goals of education and incremental healing. She is also a community activist with the Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee and Tsuru for Solidarity.

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