MEET THE VISIONARIES

Winners of the 2019 HBO APA Visionaries Competition

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2019 APA Visionaries Short Film Series: Nirav Bhakta on HALWA
CAST

Sujata

Dr. Chopra

Anjali

Rukmini

Lalita

Premila

Young Premila

Young Sujata

Vee Kumari

Asit Vyas

Sanchita Malik

Aishveryaa Nidhi

Samiya Khan

Sonal Shah

Puja Gupta

Renu Razdan

PRODUCERS

Executive Producer

Producer

Producer

Producer

Vijaya (Vee) Kumari

Kelsey Fordham

Gayatri Bajpai

Nirav Bhakta

DIRECTORS

Director

Director

Gayatri Bajpai

Nirav Bhakta

Nirav Bhakta is a director and producer who takes inspiration from his immigrant background to portray the challenges of the Asian diaspora. His films have been shown at film festivals around the world, including the prestigious UK Asian Film Festival. The film was co-directed by Gayatri Bajpai.

Bhakta’s HBO Visionaries film, Halwa, is the story of an Indian woman who rekindles her relationship with a childhood sweetheart through Facebook messages, but her abusive husband takes notice.

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2019 APA Visionaries Short Film Series: So Young Shelly Yo on MOONWALK WITH ME
CAST

Juno

Father

Young Juno

Customer

Carrie Kim

James Kang

Eliza Rain

Crystal Lee

PRODUCERS

Executive Producer

Producer

The Yo Family

Jamil Munoz

DIRECTORS

Director

Shelly Yo

WRITERS

Writer

Shelly Yo

So Young Shelly Yo is a director and writer who earned her screenwriting and directing MFA from Columbia University. She was selected to be part of the Alfred P. Sloan Mentorship Program and was a finalist for the Sloan Screenplay Grant in 2018.

Yo’s HBO Visionaries film, Moonwalk With Me, is about a Korean American girl who is haunted by her father’s disappearances and tells the story of the immigrant experience through a magical landscape.

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2019 APA Visionaries Short Film Series: Julie Zhan on ZOETIC
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Jackie

Emma

Gong Gong

Po Po

Jessica

Dave

Blane

Dawn Yuen

Julie Zhan

Julie's Grandpa

Julie's Grandma

Zailee Madrigal

Phil Morris

Doug Burch

PRODUCERS

Producer

Producer

Producer

Executive Producer

Benson Quach

Julie Zhan

Wesley Chan

Julie Zhan

DIRECTORS

Director

Director

Wesley Chan

Julie Zhan

WRITERS

Screenplay

Screenplay

Story

Julie Zhan

Wesley Chan

Julie Zhan

Julie Zhan is a writer, producer, director, and actor who is an impassioned advocate for diverse representation in the media. She has used digital media as a platform for her performances and has garnered over 100,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel, ShutUpAndDance. Zoetic was co-directed by Wesley Chan, a co-founder of popular Asian American production company Wong Fu Productions.

Zhan’s HBO Visionaries film, Zoetic, is a coming of age story about a single, 60-year old Chinese immigrant mother who, for the first time ever, is challenged to finally think of her own wants and needs. She reluctantly agrees to maneuver the world of online dating apps with the help of her daughter.