Chhum Phanith | Danaya Chulphuthiphong | Marguerite Duras | Edwin | Christopher Gozum | Hsu Chia-wei | Daniel Hui | Siew-wai Kok | Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa | Liao Jiekai | Nguyen Trinh Thi | Naween Noppakun | Pham Ngoc Lan | Jan Pineda | John Pirozzi | Ben Rivers | Éric Rohmer | Tulapop Saenjaroen | Safwan Salleh | Chulayarnnon Siriphol | Pathompon Mont Tesprateep | Kanitha Tith | Toh Hun Ping | John Torres | Pimpaka Towira | Marc Walker
Chhum Phanith (Cambodia) is a filmmaker based in Phnom Penh. He is a contributor to the White Building Archive, which collects visual and audio materials created by artists and residents of the White Building, a historically and architecturally significant apartment complex built in Phnom Penh in 1963. Chhum’s work explores memory and multiple narratives in the context of rapid urban development.
Danaya Chulphuthiphong (Thailand, born 1981) is a cinematographer and director who lives and works in Bangkok. Her debut short film, Night Watch (2014), was shortlisted at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and Experimenta India 2015, and won the Special Jury Prize at Fronteira – International Documentary and Experimental Film Festival.
Marguerite Duras (France, 1914–1996) was a renowned novelist, playwright, essayist, and filmmaker. She addressed questions related to colonialism, communism, and love in written work, including her novel Un barrage contre le Pacifique (1950) and her screenplay for Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima mon amour (1960), and in the films she directed. Her film Le camion (1977) was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Festival de Cannes, and Les enfants (1985) won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale.
Edwin (Indonesia, born 1978) is a filmmaker whose debut feature, Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly (2008), won the FIPRESCI Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and was screened at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and at over forty film festivals. His film Kara, Anak Sebatang Pohon (2005) was the first Indonesian short film to be shown at the Quinzaine des réalisateurs at the Festival de Cannes.
Christopher Gozum (Philippines, born 1976) is a filmmaker based in Bayambang, Pangasinan Province, Philippines. He is the founder of Sine Caboloan, an independent company that produces films about Pangasinan Province. Gozum is particularly passionate about the promotion and preservation of the indigenous language in the province, and he directed and produced Anacbanua (2009), the first Pangasinan-language feature film.
Hsu Chia-wei (Taiwan, born 1983) is a Taipei-based artist and filmmaker. His work investigates often-overlooked histories of the Cold War in Asia through factual narratives with a slow and quiet pace. His short film Ruins of the Intelligence Bureau (2015) had its world premiere at Kino der Kunst in 2017 and is part of the M+ Collections.
Daniel Hui (Singapore, born 1986) is a Boston-based filmmaker and a founding member of the Singaporean independent film collective 13 Little Pictures. His films have been shown at festivals around the world, and his debut feature-length film, Eclipses (2011), won the Pixel Bunker Award for International New Talent at Doclisboa.
Siew-wai Kok (Malaysia, born 1977) is a video artist, improvisational vocalist, educator, and film curator. Her work investigates connections between the body, voice, and solitude. She has curated numerous experimental video programmes for events such as KLEX, the Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video & Music Festival, and curated the Sun Shower programme at the Singapore International Film Festival in 2015.
Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa (Thailand) is a Phuket-based writer, filmmaker, and critic. His shorts My Mother and Her Darkness (2009) and Loneliness Is Everywhere (2009) were screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Lertwiwatwongsa was one of the curators of the 2013 edition of KLEX, the Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video & Music Festival, and of the Bangkok Experimental Film Festival in 2012.
Liao Jiekai (Singapore, born 1984) is a filmmaker and artist. His first feature-length film, Red Dragonflies (2010), won the Special Jury Prize at the Jeonju International Film Festival. An active member of the filmmaking community in Singapore, Liao co-founded the independent film collective 13 Little Pictures.
Nguyen Trinh Thi (Vietnam, born 1973) is a Hanoi-based multimedia artist and filmmaker who founded Hanoi Doclab, an independent centre for documentary film and moving image art. Her work deals with the effects of political power in everyday life and the role of artists in Vietnamese society. Her film Letters from Panduranga (2015) is part of the M+ Collections.
Naween Noppakun (Thailand) is a moving image artist and filmmaker. His work responds to rapid urbanisation in Bangkok and the anxiety that this process creates. His debut short, When Her Light Is Extinguished (2012), was screened at the 8th ReelHeART International Film Festival in Toronto in 2012.
Pham Ngoc Lan (Vietnam, born 1986) is a director and cinematographer. The Story of Ones (2011), his first short film, was screened at numerous festivals and museums, including the Visions du Réel documentary film festival and CPH:DOX, the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival.
Jan Pineda (Philippines) is a Manila-based artist and filmmaker. He is a co-founder of Disclab Research and Criticism, an independent organisation that documents and promotes contemporary art in the Philippines. His work Memorial of an Inquiry (2014) was screened at various film festivals and was shortlisted for the Silver Screen Awards Asian Feature Film Competition at the Singapore International Film Festival.
John Pirozzi (United States) is a director and cinematographer, specialising in music documentaries. In addition to directing music videos for Queens of the Stone Age, Calexico, and Victoria Williams, he has shot numerous performances by U2 and Leonard Cohen. His first feature-length documentary film, Sleepwalking through the Mekong (2007), chronicles the Los Angeles–based band Dengue Fever’s first trip to Cambodia.
Ben Rivers (United Kingdom, born 1972) is an artist and filmmaker whose work blends fiction and reality and evokes feelings of both joy and unease. Two Years at Sea (2011), his debut feature-length film, won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at the Venice International Film Festival. His short films Ah Liberty! (2008) and Things (2014) both won the Tiger Award for Short Film at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Éric Rohmer (France, 1920–2010) was a filmmaker, critic, novelist, and screenwriter known for being at the vanguard of the French New Wave in the late 1950s and 1960s, with works such as La collectionneuse (1967), winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the Berlinale, and the Academy Award–nominated Ma nuit chez Maud (1969). He was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice International Film Festival in 2001.
Tulapop Saenjaroen (Thailand, born 1986) is an artist and filmmaker based in Bangkok and Chonburi. His works in performance, video, and film and his public art projects address relationships between text, voice, memory, and gesture. He worked as an associate producer and casting director for Anocha Suwichakornpong’s By the Time It Gets Dark (2016), and as her co-director for the short film Nightfall (2016).
Safwan Salleh (Malaysia, born 1991) is a filmmaker, editor, and cinematographer based in Kuala Lumpur. Influenced by the concept of community realism, Salleh takes an experimental approach to the subject of Malaysian daily life. His film Night without Light (2015) was screened at the Thai Short Film & Video Festival and KLEX, the Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video & Music Festival.
Chulayarnnon Siriphol (Thailand, born 1986) is a Bangkok-based filmmaker and visual artist. His work explores the complexity of personal and social memory, drawing from styles of documentary, fiction, and fantasy. He is one of three directors of the Thai omnibus film Ten Years Thailand (2018), which was presented at the Festival de Cannes in 2018.
Pathompon Mont Tesprateep (Thailand, born 1978) is an editor, director, screenwriter, and cinematographer based in Bangkok. He is primarily known for making video art that is processed by hand on Super 8mm and 16mm film. His films Confusion Is Next (2018) and Song X (2017) had their world premieres at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Locarno Festival, respectively.
Kanitha Tith (Cambodia, born 1987) is an artist, costume designer, and filmmaker who works across sculpture, installation, performance, and video. Her projects investigate the relationship between personal experience and memory in the context of Cambodia’s fast-changing urban landscape, and interrogate the role of the artist as it relates to community- and gender-based issues.
Toh Hun Ping (Singapore, born 1978) is a video artist, experimental filmmaker, and film researcher whose work explores ideas of personal and cinematic memory as they change with time, location, and materiality. Toh is the founder of Singapore Film Locations Archive, a website dedicated to research about films made in or about Singapore.
John Torres (Philippines, born 1975) is a director and producer known for his independent, experimental work whose themes revolve around issues of the personal and the social. His first feature-length film, Todo todo teros (2006), won the NETPAC/FIPRESCI Award at the Singapore International Film Festival. His later works Refrains Happen like Revolutions in a Song (2010) and Lukas the Strange (2013) both had their world premieres at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Pimpaka Towira (Thailand, born 1967) is a filmmaker, screenwriter, and producer who has recently been appointed Programme Director of the Singapore International Film Festival. Her debut feature, One Night Husband (2003), had its premiere at the Berlinale. Her film The Island Funeral (2015) won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Hong Kong International Film Festival and the Asian Future Best Film Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival.
Marc Walker (United States, born 1978) has been working in short video forms for over twenty years. His studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, focused on the national cinemas of Hong Kong and India. He has directed and edited several music videos and short documentaries, including ‘Tokay’ for Cambodian-American musicians Dengue Fever. He currently lives in Southern California.