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 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 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 has cast such films as “The Virgin
Suicides”, “The Rainmaker”, and “Me
and You and Everyone We Know.”