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Damon Van Deusen
Born and raised in Hawaii, Damon Van Deusen received his BA from Bard College in New York his MFA in Film Directing at UCLA. While at UCLA he produced 3 films and a short documentary “Oberon the Unicorn” which won Best Editing and Concept at the 2004 UCLA Film Festival. He also won the DGA Outstanding Student Director Award, MPAA award, and Collin Higgins Outstanding Screenplay award. Before coming to UCLA Damon ran his own media design business in San Francisco for 7 years.

Yoshie Suzuki
Yoshie attended U.C. Berkeley, completing Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Comparative Ethnic Studies. Afterwards, she went back to Japan to teach English as a foreign language at Shonan University, and taught privately in major Japanese companies. Yoshie is currently working towards a MFA in Directing and Production at UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television. Yoshie is the winner of the Director’s Guild of America/UCLA Student Directing Award, the Dorothy Arzner Memorial Fellowship, a Motion Pictures of America Association Award, and is currently an IFP/Film Independent Project:Involve Fellow and Honoree.

Yasu Tanida
YASU TANIDA graduated from Chapman University with a BFA in Film/TV Production, winning the Kodak Best Cinematographer Award for the short film, "Concrete Jungle", directed by Wondwossen Dikran and the Einstein Award for Most Outstanding Film Student (2001).
Yasu lensed his first feature film shot on Super 16mm, "For Me", at the age of 20, with the film winning Best Dramatic Feature at the Zoie Film Festival. Yasu Tanida then shot the first ever feature film with the new Panasonic 24P DVX-100 camera with "Open House", (2003) directed by the founder of the Slamdance Film Festival, Dan Mirvish. Recently, Yasu won an acclaim for his claustaphobic cinematography on "Until the Night" (2004) directed by Greg Hatanaka at its world premiere in the CineVegas festival.

Linda Phillips-Palo
Casting Director
Linda Phillips-Palo has cast such films as “The Virgin Suicides”, “The Rainmaker”, and “Me and You and Everyone We Know.”


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