Vu Pham is a Portland based writer, director, producer, and actor. He is a refugee from Vietnam whose work has been significantly influenced by personal and historical trauma, existential philosophy, and transitory life on the fringes. He has won grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, been showcased by the NW Film Center and the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, and was recently nominated for the Sundance Institute’s Asian American Feature Film Fellowship. His work and his story have been featured by OPB, The Oregonian, the Willamette Week, and DiaCritics. His films have played in such festivals as the Portland International Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, and Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. As an actor he has had the honor of working with actors Harrison Ford, Brendan Frasier, Jonathan Groff, and Cori Stoll. Vu considers the followings acts to be an accurate summation of his existence: sleeping, dreaming, building towards his ideals, destroying that which was built, and rebuilding.
Joe X. Jiang is an Asian-American filmmaker and musician based in Portland, Oregon. After receiving a multimedia degree from the University of Oregon, Joe worked as a music video editor in New York, a television news Technical Director in Eugene and a documentary filmmaker in Portland. His various projects have been shown around the world at film festivals and art exhibits. As a musician, Joe is a producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for the internationally touring band, “The Slants.”
John Bergstrom is an accomplished musician, composer and sound sculptor. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and is a founding member of OBLIVION ENSEMBLE, the electroacoustic art-music group hailed as “the band most likely to compose a fitting soundtrack for the end of the world.” Based in Portland, OR, his recent work includes music for the art installation Light Field Mass Field(2016) and his upcoming multimedia series These Steps Asc(end)ing; Falling, Into Her Dream.
Darcy Miller is a writer, director, producer, and actor from Portland, Oregon. After graduating from Yale, she received her graduate degree from the London Academy of Dramatic Arts, and studied screenwriting at The New School. Among her directing and producing work are the short films 180 Degrees and Rise (Portland Film Fest), and the web series One Bird at a Time (Hollyweb Fest). She recently won the 15th Annual American Zoetrope Screenwriting Contest for the screenplay, Caroline’s Wedding (co-writer). Her company, See in the Dark Productions, uses the medium of narrative film to shed light on those things that are easy to miss in a busy world. She is a co-founder of Fast Turtle Productions, which works to increase the role of women behind the camera in film production.
David Brecha’s first exposure to film making was on his living room wall. As a youngster, his father brought home 16mm Hitchcock movies, which were displayed and dissected, forever ruining his ability to enjoy a film like a normal person. As an adult, after several years of personal chaos, an old friend needed a place to shoot his short film, and this re-invigoration of his love for the art eventually evolved into producing a feature, All Too Human, a dark comedy based in Nietzsche’s philosophy; Spunk of the Reaper, a horror/grindhouse mashup, as well as a futuristic sci-fi dark comedy currently in post-production.