Board of Directors
The creative and visionary force behind Arc 2 Intertainment, Andy’s dynamic personality and energetic spirit has made him an innovator in the field of entertainment. Exceptionally versed in all aspects of marketing and corporate development, his advanced production company develops and produces television, motion pictures, and promotional events. Current projects include the hit television series FMAEntertainment Weekly, and the newly launched Real Estate 101 – both broadcast on the KVOS TV network. He is currently developing a new television network show, as well as a seasonal event series.
Barbara is a writer and independent filmmaker in Vancouver. She has worked as a broadcast journalist/reporter and received the national Radio and Television News Directors’ Association (RTNDA) Award for Best Editorial in 1998. Her film IN BETWEEN THE LAUGHTER was one of the National Film Board’s REELDIVERSITY 2004 winners which aired on CBC and PBS. Barbara continues to support North American Asian artists in mainstream media and is currently working on a music documentary about Asians in the music industry as well as finishing her horror screenplay.
Ken Takagi was born in Los Angeles, has lived in Seattle, New York and Tokyo, but Vancouver has always been his home. The Vancouver Asian Film Festival’s mission statement is one that he’s very excited about and is looking forward to promoting dynamic and innovative images of Asians, while working with Asian filmmakers from around the world.
Leon Ng is the president and founder of LNG Studios an architectural visualization company and Real Estate Channel – Canada’s largest 24/7 real estate network. He is also the executive producer for Novus TV. A proud Vancouverite, Ng has lived in Singapore, Hong Kong, San Francisco, and Toronto, bringing a global perspective to his work. His interest in film began at an early age, continuing on into a B.A. in Film from Queen’s. He has also studied at the New York Film Academy and Vancouver Film School.
Mel Nor Lee
Mel Nor Lee is a mortgage broker with BMO and has a keen interest in Asian culture and film. She has always been aware of the curious divide between her reality growing up Asian Canadian, and the presentation of her reality as portrayed in western films. It has been her privilege to support an organization that constantly challenges the stereotypes of the Asian Canadian experience and supports local artists to develop and hone their craft.
Mona is a director with a background in sound design as a graduate from Vancouver Film School’s Sound Design program. Mona’s most recent project is a feature length comedy entitled Everything Louder Than Everything Else which premiered at the Whistler Film Festival in 2010. She was also co-director/editor/producer for a feature length documentary about Vancouver indie rock band Ladyhawk’s recording session in an abandoned farmhouse in Kelowna entitled, Let Me Be Fictional.
As past festival director and executive director and handling programming and advisory duties this year, Peter continues to channel his inner-Asian. Conceived in Kowloon and raised on Fantasy Island and Captain Crunch, Peter is fortunate to be allergic to math and chicken’s feet and aspires to doctor… his transcripts. He continues to channel his inner-filmmaker every summer as co-founder of the Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon (MAMM) along with Barbara Lee.
As a writer, sometimes ‘slash’ director, Kathy’s films have screened at numerous festivals, receiving two Golden Sheaf nominations and a Leo award nomination. Her scripts were selected for Whistler International Film Festival’s Short Scripts Competition and twice for CityTV’s Cinecity Initiatives as well as produced for broadcast on CityTV. Last winter, “Red Letters”, an original musical she co-wrote was produced by Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre and toured three cities in BC.