Admission: $5 at the door / Free for Badge & Pass Holders
Embrace your inner awesome Asian bad guy (or girl)! Join National Film Society filmmakers Patrick Epino and Stephen Dypiangco and actor Aaron Takahashi as they discuss their action-comedy web series Awesome Asian Bad Guys, the challenges of Asian representation on screen, the importance of brand and audience building, and how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign.
Moderator: Richard Young, Director/Actor
Stephen Dypiangco, Filmmaker, National Film Society
Patrick Epino, Filmmaker, National Film Society
Aaron Takahashi, Actor
Stephen Dypiangco is an independent filmmaker who writes, directs, and produces narrative films, documentaries, and online video. His company the The National Film Society has been featured by The Wall Street Journal, GigaOM, and Angry Asian Man. As a producer of Marketing and Distribution, Stephen’s recent projects include the Oscar-winning short film God of Love and the feature documentary How To Live Forever. Dypiangco is an alumus of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and NYU’s graduate film program.
Patrick Epino is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker and University of Chicago graduate who earned his MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University. He was selected by the film magazine, The Independent, as one of its “10 Filmmakers to Watch” for his first feature film, Mr. Sadman, starring Scoot McNairy and Tim Kang, about a 1990 Saddam Hussein double who loses his job and moves to Los Angeles to start his life over. Epino is also an alumnus of the IFP Narrative Labs and Film Independent’s Project:Involve.
Aaron Takahashi is an actor, improviser, sketch writer/performer, and teacher. His television and film credits include Community, The Mentalist, The Big Bang Theory, Better Luck Tomorrow, and the upcoming Sony Screen Gems feature The Wedding Ringer, alongside Kevin Hart.
Richard Young is Canadian South-Asian actor and writer who loves mixing up both genres and diversity. Currently, he’s in pre-production co-writing OMNI TV’s Chinese-Canadian Kung Fu comedy web series Sudden Master. Before that, he produced/wrote/acted in the webseries Off2Kali Comedy, featuring a who’s who of Canadian talent such as Who’s Line Is It Anyway’s Colin Mochrie, Bomb Girls’ Charlotte Hegele, Saving Hope’s Huse Madhavji and Long Story Short’s Katie Boland. Off2Kali has been profiled by CBC’s Punchline and screened at the ReelWorld Film Festival (2014, 2013), Filmi South Asian Film Festival (2014, 2013) and Toronto WebFest (2014). His acting television credits include Rookie Blue, Saving Hope, Degrassi and Mayday and he was a lead the feature film English Butler Masala Chai (Vision TV). And as a writer, his pieces have been published in Maclean’s. The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star.
Film Screening: Awesome Asian Bad Guys
Industry Series Networking Event: Awesome Hour with Awesome Asian Bad Guys