| Meet our 2013 JP Fellows |
Hi! I’m Alison! I’m from Bedford, Texas but I currently go to Rice University in Houston, Texas. When I was young I watched my older brother make videos, but it wasn’t until I began making videos for my church youth group that I realized filmmaking was my passion too. I am an advocate for mental health awareness and hope to help eliminate the stigma associated with it. In addition to filmmaking, I also am a portrait and wedding photographer. My interests include subtle humor, eating sushi, and thrift shopping. I’ve been following the Jubilee Project for a long time and I’m so excited to be a Fellow!
Although my background is in engineering, I have been making short films and promos for the past 8 years as a hobby. I previously used a simple DV camcorder, and eventually upgraded to my first prosumer camera, a Canon XL2. Since then, I’ve upgraded again to DSLRs and have taken my hobby to the next level by doing some freelance videography and photography work. In addition to cinematography, I’ve also taught myself motion graphics, 3D animation, and visual effects (VFX). Currently, I continue to do freelance videography, including corporate interviews, weddings, and motion graphics, but my real passion is in narrative storytelling. Outside of filmmaking, I enjoy volleyball, snowboarding, watching movies, and playing with my dog.
A senior design student from Vancouver, BC, Canada, Bruce focuses on bringing out creativity in his work and hopes to be an inspiration to others in the future. When he’s not busy flipping tables, Bruce likes to take photos, listen and play music, sleep, and look at stars. One day he wants to travel the world and own a Shiba Inu.
Eugene is currently a full-time pharmacist, but is a filmmaker at heart. When not working, he is producing films with the goal of inspiring and motivating others to change for the better. His passion is not only to just share a great story, but to live a great story. He has traveled all over the world to work with organizations that fight against social injustices such as human trafficking, drug trafficking and poverty, which has opened his eyes to the fact that there are many amazing stories that need to be told.
Growing up in Hong Kong, Ines found her calling as a filmmaker somewhere between a love of cameras and travel. Her film and video works explore the vulnerability of the human condition through notions of identity, voice and everyday relationships. She is currently in her final year as a Film student at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA.
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Jean Coo Rheem is recent graduate from Duke University, where she studied psychology, pre-dentistry and documentary filmmaking. Although she has spent the majority of her life in the States, she traces her roots back to a small town in Korea. Her inner fire was first ignited when she encountered autism at a summer camp, where she was inspired by the true capacity of the human spirit to persevere. Compelled to take action, she made two documentary films about a group of teens with autism to raise autism awareness. Since then, documentary filmmaking has been her new favorite way to capture and share human experiences. She also has special interest in working with children and oral health. On her spare time, she watches films, covers songs on her baby guitar and practices speaking in Korean, Spanish and British English with her friends.
My name is Joseph Zhang, and I’m truly excited to meet everyone! I would describe myself as a social entrepreneur interested in both filmmaking and youth issues. My favorite movie is Titanic, favorite food is crawfish, and favorite sport is football. Go Broncos! Once the Fellowship rolls around, I will (hopefully) be a graduated senior with a degree in International Business and Legal Studies. Thanks!
Kevin Nguyen is a junior at the University of Florida studying Telecommunications in a Productions track. His interests include community building and advocacy, which was demonstrated through his work in UF’s Asian American Student Union and more specifically, the Vietnamese Student Organization. After attending the Jubilee Project’s workshop at ECAASU 2012, Kevin decided to break the Asian American stereotype and took a leap of faith to follow his dream in filmmaking. He hopes to make a similar impact on others and encourage them to pursue their passions in life.
Kyle Tsukahira is proud to be a part of the 2013 Jubilee Project Fellowship! Kyle was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, which is home to some of the best pho, beef stew noodle, and boba spots in town. He holds a bachelors degree from California State University, Los Angles in Asian and Asian American Studies and is currently the Project Specialist at the Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA), a non-profit organization based in downtown Los Angeles (There’s hope out there Asian Am majors so hang in there!). He hopes to take his passion and love for filmmaking and use it as a tool to advocate for social, environmental, and economic justice for under-served and underrepresented communities both locally and abroad. He has had the opportunity to work as an editor and P.A. for the Jubilee Project on various projects and is looking forward to having the chance to further grow and develop his skills over the course of the fellowship program.
Born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota; I’ve come to realize that the dreams in this town get cold. As a Hmong female artist, I stood alone. Many of my elders and mentors who surrounded me were usually a disappointment and/or did not support me in my journey to becoming an artist. Filmmaking, drawing, sculpting, photography, and dancing allowed me to express myself and learn from others around me. Although I started my own Production business at age 15, I am still continuing to reach for my goals of inspiring and encouraging others around me to pursue their dreams as well.
Hi! I’m Steven and I’m a Chemical Engineer from Cincinnati, OH. I currently work at Procter & Gamble doing developmental research on Tide Pods laundry detergent. When I’m not in the office, I make YouTube videos on my personal channel (youtube.com/stevenkwlim). I love making videos because it allows me to share my story with others and it gives me the opportunity to spread love in a broken world. Some random facts about me: I play/watch too much basketball, I’m a sitcom junkie, I’m an extremely passionate person and my faith in God gives purpose to my life. Oh, and I’m an ENFJ if that means anything to you.
Tasha Louie was born and grown in Castro Valley, California, transplanted south where she graduated from the University of California Riverside, and then replanted in the Bay Area where she graduated from the Berkeley Digital Film Institute. For two years, she took on the much-abused and under-appreciated role of production assistant; covering screenplays and assisting on sets, including the reality tv shows Bridezillas and The Great Escape. After being laid off, wilted to shreds from PAing and broke as a joke with mountains of school loans (thanks UCR), she returned to her roots in the Bay Area. With a roll of the dice, she took the plunge with film school (on a scholarship) to feed her ravenous creative soul, get more hands on experience, and build a reel for her future in film. She is now a freelance cinematographer and video editor, screenwriting mentor, part-time bartender and perpetual dreamer (of achieving her dream: creating her own films for a living). She currently lives in the moment, with her best friends and fellow artists who strive to survive on their passion and creativity.
Wesley is a Bay Area filmmaker whose favorite aspect of filmmaking is choosing the soundtracks. Aside from making films, he enjoys playing sports, traveling, gaming, and most importantly, eating. One day, he hopes to make a film where every character is acted by an animal…because animals are cuter than people.
During the summer of 2013, Jubilee Project (www.jubileeproject.org) will be offering a 10-day summer fellowship in Orange County, CA for filmmakers & creatives June 16th-25th. Jubilee Project will select between 6-12 young aspiring filmmakers (ages 18+) to live in a community house together, work & create impactful films together. The fellowship aims to bring together talented creatives who are passionate about creating films by collaborating and learning from each other, the JP team & other guests/friends of Jubilee Project. Applications are due March 25th, 2013 - for any questions please email: project.jubilee (at) gmail.com.
| Program |
JP fellows will live together in a community house and have a very loose program focused on building skills in film-making (story writing, directing, shooting, editing, outreach & social impact). The focus of the week will be for JP fellows to create a short film in teams. Fellows will also partake in leadership development discussions and seminars. One major objective of the fellowship is to cultivate young filmmakers who may eventually also join the Jubilee Project team.
Tentative guest speakers include:
- Andrew Oh (Independent filmmaker)
- David Choi (YouTube musician)
- Francisco Bulgarelli (Director of Photography)
- George Bernard Shaw (Composer)
- Grace Su (Editor)
- Ivan Tsang (Writer)
- Kevin Mimms (Actor)
- Ki Hong Lee (Actor)
- Rocky Jo (Independent filmmaker)
- WongFu Productions (YouTube filmmakers)
- And more (list subject to change)
| Logistics |
Cost of fellowship will be: $1,500. Partial scholarships may be available for financially constrained individuals on a case by case basis. These costs will cover housing & living costs, local transportation, equipment and programming, however, this will NOT cover: flights to Orange County and additional daily living expenses. Camera equipment will be provided – fellows are suggested to bring individual laptops, editing software and camera equipment.
| Applications |
APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED FOR 2012 JP Fellowship
Fellows will be selected based on two major criteria: creative talent & social impact interest. All applicants must submit all the following elements in their applications:
- 1 video sample – any prior work written and/or directed by applicant
- 1 video introduction (no longer than 3 minutes) – video introducing applicant addressing the following questions in an interesting and compelling way:
- What is your story?
- Why are you interested in filmmaking?
- What issues/causes are you interested in?
- Why should you be chosen as a JP fellow?
- 1 short film script– full script for a short film idea (any genre or form is acceptable)
- No longer than 7 pages or 5 minute length
- Scripts may be developed and produced during fellowship
- Completed online Application
- Applications are due on March 25th, 2013
- Applicants will be notified regarding final decisions by early April
- Applications will be rolling and early applicants may be notified earlier