The Judges of the 2018 72 Hour Shootout 

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MARCI PHILLIPS, Executive Director of Casting for ABC

Executive Director of Primetime Casting for ABC Entertainment.  Marci is responsible for covering the East Coast talent pool. For over a decade, Marci has cast for ABC and ABC Studio pilots, new series regulars, TV movies and alternative series. She was voted “Favorite NY TV/Film Casting Director” in the 2009 Backstage readers poll and tied in 2007. Marci also wrote the book “The Present Actor: A Practical and Spiritual Guideline to Help You Enjoy the Ride.”

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ANTONY WONG, Program Coordinator at the Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI), of the City University of New York (CUNY)

Antony Wong is Program Coordinator at the Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI), of The City University of New York (CUNY). Antony is responsible for the planning, production and filming of programs, activities, and publications such as the Institute's lecture series, annual conference, fundraising gala, and CUNY FORUM journal. In addition, he also supervises AAARI's annual CUNY Asian American Film Festival (CUNY AAFF), a contest for undergraduate and graduate students, Asian and non-Asian, enrolled at CUNY. Already in its 15th year, the CUNY AAFF has awarded over $11,000 in cash prizes to student filmmakers in the categories of fiction, documentary, and experimental film, where at least one production member is of Asian descent or the film contains an Asian American / Asian theme or narrative. Antony has previously served as first-round submissions judge for the Asian American Film Lab’s 72Hour Film Shootout in 2009, 2016 and 2017.

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ERIN QUILL, Writer, Actor & Producer

Holds a BFA from CMU in Pgh. She was an original Broadway Cast Member of the TONY Winning Musical, Avenue Q. She also appeared as Lady Thiang opposite Debby Boone’s Mrs Anna in The King and I, and as Madame Rita Liang in the 50th Anniversary Production of Flower Drum Song.  TV and Film Credits include - Man on a Ledge, The Mikado Project, Damages, Nurse Jackie, The Following, NYPD Blue and others.  As a writer she has two produced screenplays- The Mikado Project and QWERTY, and another KTown P.I. is ‘in development’. She was a member of the NBC Writers Program. She is currently best known for her work as The Fairy Princess, a blog which points out inequalities in Representation. In that regard she has been quoted or sourced by The NY Times, Buzzfeed, The LA Times, HuffPo, International Business Times, Playbill, BroadwayWorld and has hosted panels to discuss API Representation on Bway for the past 2 years at BroadwayCon.

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DANIEL SAKAYA, PRESIDENT OF CROSSINGSTV

Daniel Sakaya currently serves as the President/COO of Crossings TV. With a background in marketing strategy, business development, and entrepreneurship, his experiences include various start-up launches, corporate re-structuring initiatives, partnership management and development, and brand equity and awareness building through both strategic and grassroots approaches. Mr. Sakaya is a graduate from the University of Florida and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

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ERIC LAUDirector / Producer / Cinematographer
Eric Lau is an alumnus of NYU's prestigious Graduate Film Program. He has worked in the film industry for 34 years. His films, Nightwatchman and Ragged Edge, won the Best Narrative Film Award in the 1981 and 1984 Hong Kong Independent Film Festivals as well as Best Production, Best Editing, and Best Cinematography Awards in the 1984 First Run Film Festival.  Lau has been a Director / Producer / Cinematographer for many commercials and feature films. In 2007, he directed and produced Elevator Weekend which won the Official Selection category for both the Staten Island Film Festival and Long Island International Film Festival. He has produced and directed international TV commercials for Snapple, Toyota, China Unicom, and Blue Man Group among others, and garnered numerous awards including the Telly Award and the Gold and Silver Awards for the Taiwanese Annual TV Advertisement Awards. His work with AARP TV for NBC's TODAY SHOW: Your Life Calling Today with Jane Pauley won the 2011 Cine Golden Eagle Award. Eric has worked on news and documentaries for most major networks in the world such as BBC, CBS, NHK, ZDF, CCTV, 60 Minutes, etc. He has been a distinguished guest lecturer at numerous universities and film festivals including Tribeca Film Festival on behalf of APPLE on film and video production, lighting, and cinematography. Lau has been invited to be a jury member at numerous international film festivals including the Brooklyn International Film Festival, CBGB Film Festival, Asian American International Film Festival and Durban International Film Festival in South Africa among others. He was also an Adjunct Professor for Video Production courses at Brooklyn College.  For the past 29 years, Lau has been President of Solar Film/Video Productions, a full service production company in NYC. It has worked with internationally acclaimed films such as American Psycho and Y Tu Mamá También. He has also worked with filmmakers Ang Lee, Spike Lee, Alfonso Cuarón, Ernest Dickerson, John Turturro, Peter Bogdanovich, Mary Harron, James Toback, and Joel Schumacher.  Since 2009, Eric has been conducting Light and Shadow Filmmaking Workshop, focusing on independent filmmaking. It emphasizes on creative and effective hands-on techniques for small budget projects without sacrificing quality. It covers important film process including screenwriting, camera, lighting to directing and editing. For more  workshop info, visit: www.solarnyc.com/workshops  For more information about Eric and Solar, please visit Eric Lau's website at www.solarnyc.com


The Judges of the 2017 72 Hour Shootout 

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MARCI PHILLIPS, Executive Director of Casting for ABC

Executive Director of Primetime Casting for ABC Entertainment.  Marci is responsible for covering the East Coast talent pool. For over a decade, Marci has cast for ABC and ABC Studio pilots, new series regulars, TV movies and alternative series. She was voted “Favorite NY TV/Film Casting Director” in the 2009 Backstage readers poll and tied in 2007. Marci also wrote the book “The Present Actor: A Practical and Spiritual Guideline to Help You Enjoy the Ride.”

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Michelle K. Sugihara

Michelle K. Sugihara is the Executive Director of CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment). She is also an entertainment attorney, film producer, and adjunct professor for the Claremont Colleges’ Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies. She is the Co-Chair of the Multicultural Bar Alliance of Southern California, VP of Development and founding member of the Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theater, Director of Community Relations and founding member of the Japanese American National Museum’s New Leadership Advisory Council, and a member of PBS-Southern California Asian Pacific Islander Community Council. She is also an ensemble member of Cold Tofu, the nation's premiere Asian American comedy improv and sketch group. 

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Antony Wong, Program Coordinator at the Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI), of the City University of New York (CUNY)

Antony Wong is Program Coordinator at the Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI), of The City University of New York (CUNY). Antony is responsible for the planning, production and filming of programs, activities, and publications such as the Institute's lecture series, annual conference, fundraising gala, and CUNY FORUM journal. In addition, he also supervises AAARI's annual CUNY Asian American Film Festival (CUNY AAFF), a contest for undergraduate and graduate students, Asian and non-Asian, enrolled at CUNY. Already in its 14th year, the CUNY AAFF has awarded over $10,000 in cash prizes to student filmmakers in the categories of fiction, documentary, and experimental film, where at least one production member is of Asian descent or the film contains an Asian American / Asian theme or narrative. Antony has previously served as first-round submissions judge for the Asian American Film Lab’s 72-Hour Film Shootout in 2009 and 2016.

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DAVID ELLIOTT, Agent, Don Buchwald & Associates

David Elliott is a talent agent at Don Buchwald & Associates.  Don Buchwald & Associates, Inc. (DBA) emerged as an industry leader in 1977 when Don Buchwald founded the company with five associates. We have since grown into a bi-coastal force in the entertainment industry. In New York City, DBA is housed on six floors of our own office building in midtown, between Madison and Fifth Avenues. In Los Angeles, DBA occupies a 12,000-square-foot office complex at 6500 Wilshire Boulevard, overlooking the heart of L.A.  Don Buchwald & Associates, Inc. is a full service talent agency. Our Commercial and Broadcast Departments in New York were the original cornerstones of the business, and continue to be recognized as highly influential in the marketplace. Today we proudly offer representation in all areas of the entertainment industry including our Film, Theater and Television department, our Literary department, our Television and Film Packaging departments, our Personal Appearances department, our Syndication Arm (for radio, television and the internet), and our Young Talent department in New York.

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Girard Tecson

Winner of the 2016 72 Hour Shootout Grand Prize!  

Girard Tecson is an award winning Filipino filmmaker and the founder of Dayside Productions. He is recognized for his work on various short films and web videos that he wrote and directed, which were screened in various film festivals like Cannes International Film Festival. His team most recently won the Grand Prize at the 2016 72 Hour Shootout. He graduated from CUNY Hunter College with a BA in Media Studies, and he is currently pursuing his MFA graduate degree in Integrated Media Arts there as well.

The Judges of the 2016 72 Hour Shootout 


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MARCI PHILLIPS, Executive Director of Casting for ABC

Executive Director of Primetime Casting for ABC Entertainment.  Marci is responsible for covering the East Coast talent pool. For over a decade, Marci has cast for ABC and ABC Studio pilots, new series regulars, TV movies and alternative series. She was voted “Favorite NY TV/Film Casting Director” in the 2009 Backstage readers poll and tied in 2007. Marci just completed her book “The Present Actor: A Practical and Spiritual Guideline to Help You Enjoy the Ride.”

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Vasan Bala, Director

Vasan Bala is a Mumbai based director, actor and writer, known for Peddlers, The Lunchbox (for which he adapted the script in Hindi). He co- wrote Bombay Velvet with Raman Raghav and was a major part of the hit Bollywood movie Dev D  (Dir: Anurag Kashyap).  Vasan’s father and grandfather were film buffs whose love of film inspired his own. He has collaborated with filmmakers including Michael Winterbottom, and Oscar winner Danis Tanvoic.  His debut feature as a writer/director, Peddlers, was screened during the Critics Week at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.  The film kept resonating at the Toronto International Film Festival where his gritty, violent and moving study of corruption of souls had a warm reception following a successful screening at Cannes.  Now his second feature “Side Hero” which was selected for Sundance’s “Screenwriters and Directors’ Lab.” is all set to enter the stages of pre-production and development. He is very excited to be a judge for the 72 Hour Shootout 2016 and to witness the works of budding filmmakers.

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Antony Wong, Program Coordinator at the Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI), of the City University of New York (CUNY)

Antony Wong is Program Coordinator at the Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI), of the City University of New York (CUNY). Antony is responsible for the planning, production and filming of activities such as the Institute's lecture series, annual conference and fundraising gala. In addition, he also supervises AAARI's annual CUNY Asian American Film Festival (CUNY AAFF), a contest for undergraduate and graduate students, Asian and non-Asian, enrolled at the City University. Already in its 13th year, the CUNY AAFF has awarded over $10,000 in cash prizes to student filmmakers in the categories of fiction, documentary, and experimental film, where at least one production member is of Asian descent or the film contains an Asian American / Asian theme or narrative. Antony has previously reviewed first-round submissions for the 72-Hour Film Shootout in 2009. 

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DAVID ELLIOTT, Agent, Don Buchwald & Associates

David Elliott is a talent agent at Don Buchwald & Associates.  Don Buchwald & Associates, Inc. (DBA) emerged as an industry leader in 1977 when Don Buchwald founded the company with five associates. We have since grown into a bi-coastal force in the entertainment industry. In New York City, DBA is housed on six floors of our own office building in midtown, between Madison and Fifth Avenues. In Los Angeles, DBA occupies a 12,000-square-foot office complex at 6500 Wilshire Boulevard, overlooking the heart of L.A.  Don Buchwald & Associates, Inc. is a full service talent agency. Our Commercial and Broadcast Departments in New York were the original cornerstones of the business, and continue to be recognized as highly influential in the marketplace. Today we proudly offer representation in all areas of the entertainment industry including our Film, Theater and Television department, our Literary department, our Television and Film Packaging departments, our Personal Appearances department, our Syndication Arm (for radio, television and the internet), and our Young Talent department in New York.


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BERTHA BAY SA PAN

Born in New Jersey and raised in Taiwan, Pan received an MFA degree in Directing from the Columbia  University Graduate Film School in 1997, winning the DIRECTORS GUILD AWARD for Best Asian American Student Filmmaker with her graduate thesis film, which also received the POLO RALPH LAUREN AWARD for Best Screenplay.  Pan’s feature film debut “Face,” co-written by Oscar Award nominee Oren Moverman, starring Bai Ling, Kristy Wu, Kieu Chinh, and hip hop superstar Treach of Naughty by Nature, featuring a score composed by Leonard Nelson Hubbard of the Grammy Award winning hip hop band The Roots, premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival in the Dramatic Competition. During its successful festival run, “Face” received the AUDIENCE AWARD at GenArt Film Festival, the CRITICS AWARD for Best Director at CineVegas Film Festival, and the GRAND JURY AWARD for Best Director at Urbanworld Film Festival.  Pan was nominated for the prestigious Open Palm at the GOTHAM AWARDS, and winner of the PREMIO SPECIALE PRIZE at the International Women’s Film Festival in Italy.  “Face” was released theatrically in 2005, receiving positive reviews from major publications including The New York Times (a NY TIMES CRITICS PICK), Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, The Chicago Tribune, and the BBC.  Pan’s sophomore feature “Almost Perfect,” a romantic comedy for which she also wrote, starring Kelly Hu, Edison Chen, Ivan Shaw, Christina Chang, Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Tina Chen, Olivier and Tony Award winner Roger Rees, premiered at the San Francisco Asian American Film Festival, and continued as an audience favorite at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (as Centerpiece Film), the legendary Friars Club Comedy Film Festival in New York (as a Grand Jury Award nominee), Hawaii International Film Festival (as American Immigrant Filmmaker in Profile), Opening Night Film at San Diego Asian Film Festival, Closing Night Film at Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (winner of HBO EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARD), Opening Night Film at Vancouver Asian Film Festival, Opening Night Film at Boston Asian American Film Festival, Pune International Film Festival in India, Gwangju International Film Festival (selected as a 2013 "Must-See Film"), etc. Chosen by Asia Pacific Arts as a Top Ten Film of 2011, “Almost Perfect” had its U.S theatrical release in Fall of 2012, garnering postive reviews from Variety, San Francisco Chronicle, Honolulu Pulse, etc.  Pan has also directed music videos for artists such as Slim Kid Tre of Pharcyde, Chris Trapper of the Push Stars, and the popular children's band Princess Katie and Racer Steve. As an actors coach, Pan has taught numerous screen acting workshops, private one-on-one sessions, and on-set coaching; clients include regulars from the TV series "Oz," "The Wire," "Gossip Girl," as well as studio and independent films.

 

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Michelle K. Sugihara

Michelle K. Sugihara is the Executive Director of CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment). She is also an entertainment attorney, film producer, and adjunct professor for the Claremont Colleges’ Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies. She is the Co-Chair of the Multicultural Bar Alliance of Southern California, VP of Development and founding member of the Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theater, Director of Community Relations and founding member of the Japanese American National Museum’s New Leadership Advisory Council, and a member of PBS-Southern California Asian Pacific Islander Community Council. She is also an ensemble member of Cold Tofu, the nation's premiere Asian American comedy improv and sketch group.