Since 2008, Reel Asian has been working with schools across the GTA to bring filmmakers and youth together during this special month to screen work and discuss careers in the media arts.
This year’s speakers include:
ALICE SHIN, Director
EIKO BROWN, Producer
PRESENTATION: Haru’s New Year (Fiction Drama, 18:50)
Haru, a newly immigrated Japanese girl, struggles to make new friends on her first day of school in Toronto.
Alice Shin is a Korean filmmaker who received her formal film training at Nihon University, Japan. She began her career in national broadcasting with the NHK Educational Broadcasting Company, Japan. Since then, she has worked in Japan, Korea, and the USA as a director, producer, editor, and other supporting roles. Her independent work has screened at numerous international film festivals, including Cine Rail International Film Festival (France) and Jeonju International Film Festival (Korea), and has been showcased on major networks like Fuji TV (Japan). Currently, Ms. Shin lives in Canada making independent films.
Eiko Brown is a producer and a film enthusiast who is interested in Asian Films. You can often find her scouting films or actively volunteering at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. Born and raised in Japan, Ms. Brown had the opportunity to study high school in the USA. She later went on to attend Mejiro Women’s College in Japan. When she moved to Canada, Ms. Brown founded BENTO SUSHI with Glenn Brown, paving the road for Asian food popularity in Canada. She devotes her time to volunteer as an Ikebana Instructor as well as a Jury Coordinator for the Toronto Japanese Film Festival.
RAHUL CHATURVEDI, Filmmaker
PRESENTATION: Forbidden Tikka Masala (Comedy-Drama, 15:20)A coming-of-old-age comedy that follows a devout vegetarian woman who finds a new lease on life after mistakenly eating chicken.
Rahul Chaturvedi is an Indo-Canadian filmmaker with a passion for thought-provoking stories that tackle issues of the underrepresented. Growing up in India, he was inspired by the massive social impact films had in society and wanted to harness this for social awareness and change. Rahul studied Computer Science at York University and filmmaking at George Brown College. He has won Toronto Reel Asian’s Pitch Competition twice (in 2016 and 2018), and was selected as one of ReelWorld Festival’s emerging filmmakers in 2017. He is currently developing a short film and a feature film that embrace and celebrate Canada’s diversity. Rahul works as a UX Writer at a cyber security organization and likes to explore how new technology can enhance and change the way we tell stories.
ALEXANDRA TSE, Documentary Filmmaker and Cinematographer
PRESENTATION: Undressed (LGBTQ2+, Documentary, Short, 6:37)
This Toronto-based documentary centres on three drag queens and their experiences around consent, body, and identity.
Alexandra Tse is an emerging filmmaker and advocate for the LGBTQ+, BIPOC and female filmmaking communities. Much of her current work focuses on telling stories of people from these underrepresented groups. Her latest film, Undressed, highlights the challenges for drag queens and consent as their culture moves towards media mainstream. Undressed has been recognized at film festivals in Canada and the US. She also holds a position on the Board of Directors for Breakthroughs Film Festival, the only festival in Canada dedicated to showcasing shorts by emerging female, trans and non-binary filmmakers. Alexandra is currently completing her final year in the Film Studies (BFA) program at Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts. Her areas of specialization are cinematography and documentary filmmaking.
KELLY LUI, Community Arts Facilitator
NASHWA KHAN, Poet/Writer
PRESENTATION: Photography As… : forgetting, remembering, processing
TACLA members Nashwa and Kelly hold a conversation around the “archive”: its meaning, intention, and purpose. Using photography-as-method, Nashwa and Kelly will discuss the history, possibilities, and limitations of thinking through photography in terms of documenting community resilience, building memoryscapes, and processing futures.As a counter-archive and a living archive, TACLA is interested in rethinking our histories as animations of relationships and drawing connections between artists who came before and artists working now, to understand the pulse of our communities in a bigger way.As an Asian Canadian archive, we recognize the diversity of inheritances and cultures of the many Asian diasporas in Canada, and how history has impacted everyone in different ways. We are interested in how a public, digital archive with community-sourced histories and community-based researchers, can intentionally bridge, and revision pan-Asian, and IBPOC solidarities.
Kelly Lui is a community arts facilitator who is constantly interested in the ways digital media can be a site and tool for social change. She is a graduate from the Masters of Environmental Studies program at York University with a focus on community-arts methodology, critical food pedagogy and critical theory. Her favourite food is any form of noodle soup.
Nashwa Khan holds a Masters of Environmental Studies from York University with areas of concentration focused on narrative methodologies, community and public health, refugee, and forced migration studies. She is also a writer and poet published in a variety of places. Sometimes you can find her tweeting too little or too much.