RAMMY PARK - WRITER, DIRECTOR
Rammy Park is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and film director. A first-generation Korean-American New Yorker from Colorado, she is a 2019 Writer/Director Fellow with Film Independent’s signature program, Project Involve, a 2018 Film Independent Episodic Lab Fellow and the recipient of grants from the National Board of Review, IFP, HBO and the Caucus Foundation. Her short film THE HOMECOMING QUEEN was voted Best Film by the National Board of Review, Cinequest and the Columbus International Video + Film Festival while screening at over 40 festivals worldwide. Her second short, MEET LENNY, MEET CAROLINE, a mixed-media dialogue between a fetishist and the object of his adoration, is available online. Her writing is deeply character-driven and psychologically intimate, told through the perspective of someone flawed and complicated. Her most personal stories are often explored through a genre-ish lens—sci-fi, fantasy, satire, magic real, mystery—as these are the novels and films she’s always loved. She grew up yearning to see more of herself and her community represented in these timeless stories, and as a writer/director endeavors to create work for the Asian American creative community.
Surekha PARUCHURI - PRODUCER
Surekha Paruchuri first set foot in Los Angeles with two suitcases and a tax refund check. Since then, she has delved voraciously into myriad aspects of the film industry. Along with producing several short films, Paruchuri has overseen publicity and cultural relations and secured funding for AFI FEST, NewFilmmakers LA among others. A founding member of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, over the course of 10 years she expanded the organization by sourcing content, developing strategic partnerships, and building relationships with international press. Prior to this, Paruchuri handled programming for several of MGM and Universal Television’s international channels.
ADANNE EBO - PRODUCER
A graduate from Spelman College and Northwestern University School of Law, Adanne Ebo had one of her earliest bouts with critical thinking when her church dedicated an entire sermon to the “evils” of Harry Potter. A lover of storytelling, Adanne fell in love with producing when she produced her twin sister’s UCLA MFA short film. The sisters then co-founded Ejime Productions, with Adanne serving as lead producer. She loves animation, dark comedy, sci-fi, and fantasy. Her passions also include video games, fashion, and anime, along with training to become the Avatar—master of all four elements.
JHANVI MOTLA - PRODUCER
Jhanvi Motla was born and raised in Mumbai, India and has lived in the United States since 2011. She holds a BA in Producing for the Visual Arts from Emerson College and an MFA in Producing from the AFI Conservatory. Her thesis Raksha, which she co-wrote and produced, screened at thirteen global film festivals, including the LA Asian Pacific and LA Shorts. Raksha won Best Short at the Delhi International Film Festival. Motla line-produced American starring George Takei and Leonardo Nam, and associate produced a G-Star Raw commercial starring Jaden Smith, currently playing at G-Star stores worldwide. In 2018, she shepherded the TV pilot Spinsterhood, whose proof of concept is currently on the festival circuit. Spinsterhood talks about the Queer South Asian community in Los Angeles. In 2019, Motla Associate Produced visuals for Jaden Smith’s Coachella performance and is currently a Producing Fellow at Film Independent’s Project Involve. She hopes to use her craft to further the cause of the expansive and global South Asian community.
amy ma - CREATIVE EXECUTIVE
Born and raised in a city with not much else to do, Amy Ma found herself watching copious amounts of television and movies as a child. One of her favorite pastimes was renting flicks from the local Blockbuster to watch with her family. Naturally, she developed a passion for storytelling and took that passion with her to UC Berkeley, where she double majored in Film Studies and Social Welfare. Currently, Ma is the Assistant to the Partners at Literate, a boutique TV-focused management company, with dreams of developing content that challenges the status quo and inspires people to think outside the box.
KUNITARO OHI - CINEMATOGRAPHER
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kunitaro Ohi is a cinematographer based out of Washington, DC. He received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University with a concentration in Photo/Film. Notable works include the documentary series Years of Living Dangerously (Showtime Channel) and Paul Harrill’s debut feature Something, Anything (NYT Critics’ Pick.) Recently, several of his music videos have been featured in publications such as Rolling Stone, Billboard and BOOOOOOOM TV. When he’s not working you can see him wandering the streets taking photos of abandoned shopping carts.
gracie simonett - editor
Gracie Simonett has a BA in film from DePaul University. In 2014, she moved to LA and started working as an assistant editor in the documentary world. Her most recent work includes editing Faith, Molly Pelavin’s feature documentary that premiered in 2018 at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival and Atlanta’s Out On Film Festival. She is currently an Editing Fellow at Film Independent’s Project Involve. Her passion for art, stories, and observation that provoke higher thinking about what it means to be human is fueled by her older sister, Rose, who has a rare disease called Rett Syndrome.
Anna Lian Tes - production designer
Anna Lian Tes is a Los Angeles based Production Designer hailing from New Jersey. She has a BFA from School of Visual Arts in New York with a focus on graphic design. She got her start working on music packaging and later honed in on designing movie posters. After doing that for a few years she realized that she actually loved film making.
Working in the art department was a natural development. Her eye for color and layout on a two dimensional surface translated seamlessly onto a set. Since the transition, she has worked on a range of projects from music videos for artists such as Soak, Problemas and Xiu Xiu as well as several short films. She has been lucky enough to work on diverse sets with most of the directors being female-identifying.