We’re thrilled to announce this year’s student delegates! Chosen from a competitive pool of undergraduate and graduate students, the Student Delegates are a small but diverse group of students who undergo Festival “boot camp.” Guided by Festival staff, students participate in a rigorous schedule of film screenings, discussions, and exclusive meetings with filmmakers and special guests in music and cuisine. The program aims to cultivate the next generation of filmmakers, activists, educators, and community leaders.
Southwest Airlines is a proud sponsor of CAAM’s Student Delegate Program. Selected CAAM Internship Program applicants may qualify for complimentary air travel, courtesy of Southwest Airlines.
My name is Mica Gallanosa and I am a sophomore pursuing a degree in advertising, with minors in design and Asian Pacific American studies. One of my goals is to increase and improve APA representations in the media. I have spent these past two years eating my way through the city and being exposed to different worlds through film and friends. I believe in the power of conversation and its ability to link people and ideas that may seem like polar opposites. I am truly honored to be able to engage in conversation with the other student delegates and creative minds at this year’s CAAMFest.
Whenever one of her teachers would assign the traditional poster board project back in high school, Yvane Mirabueno would instead write a happy-go-lucky song on the ukulele or make a comedic short film. Through her unconventional methods of presentation, she made her teachers smile and kept her classmates from falling asleep. One day she’d like to make a feature film with an unforgettable soundtrack that serves an entertaining, but academic, purpose. Like all aspiring filmmakers, she hopes for the movie to be released in theaters, but she’d love it even more for her work to be worthy enough for teachers to screen in their classrooms and favored by professors to include on their course syllabi. Yvane is a San Francisco native with a love for music, film, and learning.
Hi, my name is Anne Wong. Born and raised in the beautiful city of San Francisco, the Asian American community has always been very close to my heart. I am currently a third year at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a Sociology Major and a Theater Minor. Photography, graphic design, and exploration has always been a true passion of mine. I’m always down to learn about new things, and am very eager to be part of the Student Delegate Program! I have always been an advocate for raising Asian American awareness upon others, so this is the perfect opportunity to aspire to my goals.
Mei Sze Phung
Mei Sze Phung is a sophomore year student at Laney College who hopes to transfer to UCLA next fall to study world arts and cultures. She developed an interest in filmmaking in college, and aspires to become an actress for Asian American or American films that involve art, culture, and dancing. Her passion for film and dance led her to create the music video “Fan Dance”, which screened at the Scary Cow film festival in 2012. She is definitely a film enthusiast and always remembers Asian American films that inspire her such as Memoirs of a Geisha and Mao’s Last Dancer. Her role models include Anna May Wong and Nancy Kwan. In the near future, she wants to become an actress or filmmaker who will make an optimistic impact in society throughout the 21st
century through the sophisticated medium of film and bring a about a positive light to Asian Americans in the media.
My name is Ryan Hata. I was born and raised in Hawai’i. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Loyola Marymount University and I am currently at San Francisco State working on my Master’s degree in Asian American Studies. My research and thesis pertains to Asian Americans in the media with specific emphasis on Asian Americans in sports.
Jessica is currently a 3rd year Peace & Conflict Studies and Film Studies double major at the University of California, Berkeley. She aspires to pursue a career in filmmaking or in the Foreign Service. As a Los Angeles native, Jessica has interned for socially and politically conscious organizations since middle school. She has worked with groups such as Amnesty International, Participant Productions, and the Enough Project alongside their social media departments promoting films such as Hotel Rwanda, Blood Diamond, The Constant Gardener, Lord of War, and The Kite Runner. She has seen the potential one voice has to affect change, particularly through film and media, and hopes to help others realize their own passion, potential and power within themselves
Emily is a film student at UC Berkeley on the cusp of imminent post-undergraduate identity crisis but nevertheless is trying to work things out with experimental documentary and many boxes of girl scout cookies.
Jethro is an experienced TV segment producer under Philippine TV Networks including MTV Philippines, Studio23 MYX, GMA 7, QTV 11 and ABC 5. He has produced segments for various formats ranging from news and public affairs to entertainment and reality shows. He is currently finishing his senior thesis in the Film and Video Production Program at the Art Institute of California in San Francisco.
Edwina loves to read, meet new people, and learn about different cultures. She is a Legal Studies major, but she enjoys learning about the construct of race and ethnicity and how it affects people’s identity, especially within the Asian American community. She is a San Francisco native and active community member who likes politics, Korean popular music, and eating fruits and ice-cream.
My name is Akmyrat Tuyliyev and I am an aspiring filmmaker and a television producer from Turkmenistan. I am currently a Producer’s Assistant at SCAD Visual Media and a Senior Film and Television Production student at the Savannah College of Art and Design. I have had the wonderful opportunity to be a Development Intern at Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, as well as a Location Manager for a professional independent film “True Bromance”. I have successfully produced several short films at SCAD and thrilled to continue transforming creative ideas into a reality through collaborative effort. My passion and dream is to tell the untold folk tales and ancient legends of Turkic nations through meaningful films for children.
Jessica is 24 and is from Lodi, California. She is majoring in digital film & video production from the Art Institute of California – San Francisco. She aspires to be a director and cinematographer.
A fourth-year Asian Studies and Global Poverty and Practice student at UC Berkeley, Alison aspires to be a better storyteller. She is interested in narratives of people and development and how to explore them, as well as interested in how women and women of color are represented and discussed. She is excited to be a part of CAAMFest, and looks forward to observing, meeting, and talking to new friends and fellow student delegates.