REsistance and Resettlement:

Daryn Wakasa
Daryn Wakasa is a Los Angeles native Filmmaker, Graphic Designer, Educator and founder of Foment Films. His short film “Seppuku” found distribution through Comcast’s On-Demand platform. It won ‘Best Short Thriller’ at the Hollywood REEL Independent Film Festival and the “Award of Excellence” from IndieFest 2017. It was an official selection of both CAAMFest 2017 and the Los Angeles Asian American Pacific Film Festival 2017. His experimental film, “A Lost Generation” won ‘Best Animation’ at the Indie Producer’s Film Festival 2010 and his short film, “Giri” was an official selection in the LA Shorts Festival 2014 and the Downtown Film Festival - Los Angeles 2014.

Daryn has over 15 years of experience working in the commercial, music video and film industry. Most recently, Daryn was a Creative Director at Elastic and Mirada (co-founded by Guillermo del Toro). He directed commercials for Jack Daniels, in-episode content for the Discovery Channel’s “Cooper’s Treasure” and UCLA’s Every/One interactive molecule.

At Mirada, he has co-led projects like the Pacific Rim prologue sequence, Katy Perry’s “Roar” music video and UCLA’s “Let There Be Light” projection mapping film. He has worked with Team Downey, Riot Games, Hans Zimmer, Guillermo Navarro, Mathew Cullen, Alex Timbers, Google, IBM, and Disney. In addition he was the design director for the critically acclaimed documentaries “Pilgrimage”, “Life on Four Strings” and “A Song for Ourselves”. He received his BFA in multimedia from Loyola Marymount University and a MFA in Graphic Design from the California Institute of the Arts.

Pierre Nguyen
After graduating with a BFA from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) where he focused on exploring experimental storytelling through the use of graphic design, Pierre went on to freelance with various studios and agencies including Mirada, BBDO, and Elastic among others. Throughout the years, he has worked on immersive interactive experiences, print and marketing campaigns, websites, and branding with a variety of technology, cultural, and educational clients including IBM, The Broad Stage, and Turning Point School.

Eugene Sun Park
Eugene Sun Park is a writer, director, and producer working in narrative and experimental forms. His films have screened at festivals, micro-cinemas, and on broadcast television, including Chicago Underground Film Festival, Athens International Film + Video Festival, Athens Digital Arts Festival (Athens, Greece), DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, Korea Expat Film Festival (Seoul, Korea), Anthology Film Archives, Portland Art Museum, and on Time Warner Cable.

Eugene’s feature-length script, Michael’s Story, was the winner of the Screenplay Competition at the 37th Asian American International Film Festival. He is a 2014 recipient of an Artist Project Grant from the Illinois Arts Council. Eugene's latest producing project, a short narrative film about Japanese American WWII confinement, is supported by a JACS Grant from the US Department of the Interior, National Park Service.

Jason Matsumoto
Jason Matsumoto is a fourth-generation Japanese American from Chicago. He earned a business degree from the University of Washington in Seattle and spent one year in Japan as a study-abroad student attending Sophia University in Tokyo. By day, he is a director of pricing for financial derivative products at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. By passion, Matsumoto is the director and composer for Ho Etsu Taiko, a Chicago-based ensemble centered around Japanese drumming. Most recently, he has assumed the role of Producer for The Orange Story, a film project funded by the U.S. National Parks Service that aims to provide educational content about civil liberties as told through the lens of Japanese American incarceration during WWII.