2016 CAPE Feature Film Panel: THE GREAT AMERICAN INDIE sponsored by Warner Bros. & Pepsi Co.


CAPE and Warner Bros. are excited to present the 2016 CAPE Feature Film Panel: THE GREAT AMERICAN INDIE. The indie film has served as both an open canvas for Asian American storytelling and as a launch pad for some of the industry’s most prominent AAPI filmmakers. In this panel moderated by CAPE Board Members and producer Dan Lin (THE LEGO MOVIE, SHERLOCK HOLMES), learn what it takes to get an indie film made, how to get it distributed, and how to parlay your indie film into greater opportunities.

Nina Yang Bongiovi | Producing Partner, Signifigant Productions (DOPE, FRUITVALE STATION)
Andrew Ahn | Filmmaker (SPA NIGHT)
The Vang Brothers | Screenwriters, Directors (BEDEVILED)

Dan Lin | Producer, L1N Pictures (THE LEGO MOVIE, SHERLOCK HOLMES)

*panelists subject to change

Limited seating for this intimate event – Buy your tickets now!

Date:  Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Location:  The Great Company
Address: 1917 Bay Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Parking: Free street parking
Arrivals: 6:45pm
Panel Begins: 7:00pm
Networking Mixer: 8:30pm – light refreshments served

TICKETS: $20 online presale, $25 at the door.
***All ticket sales are final.***


Thank you to our venue sponsors: PepsiCo and The Great Company!



Nina Yang Bongiovi is a feature film producer with over 17 years of combined production, finance and management experience in the entertainment industry between Hollywood and Asia.

Nina met her producing partner Forest Whitaker in 2009 and they’ve set on a path to champion distinct filmmaker voices, under the banner – Significant Productions. During their first year in operations, Nina and Forest met filmmaker Ryan Coogler and went on to produce the critically acclaimed FRUITVALE STATION , which won The Audience and The Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival 2013, Cannes Film Festival’s L’Avenir Award, Indie Spirit Award, Producers Guild’s Stanley Kramer Award, alongside 40+ prestigious awards worldwide.

In 2015, the producing duo returned to Sundance with two feature films: DOPE, written/directed by Rick Famuyiwa, and SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME, written/directed by Chloé Zhao, in U.S. Dramatic Competition. DOPE and SONGS also had their international premieres at the Cannes Film Festival, and both films were represented in the 2016 awards circuit receiving nominations from NAACP Image Awards and Indie Spirit Awards, respectively.

Significant Productions’ projects cover feature films, documentaries, television and digital endeavors which all strive to be at the forefront of discovering emerging talent, developing and producing quality projects with a focus on diversity in front of and behind the camera.

Nina serves on the Board of Directors at Film Independent, the Oscar Grant Foundation, and is a member of The Academy (AMPAS). She is fluent in Mandarin, Chinese and received her Master’s degree in Entertainment Management from the Walter Annenberg School at the University of Southern California.



Andrew Ahn is a queer Korean-American filmmaker born and raised in Los Angeles. His feature film SPA NIGHT premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in the US Dramatic Competition and won a Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Performance. SPA NIGHT also won the US Grand Jury Prize at Outfest. The film was picked up for distribution by Strand Releasing. Ahn participated in the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, the Film Independent Screenwriting Lab, and the Film Independent Directing Lab for the project. The project also received grants from the Sundance Institute, Film Independent, Cinereach, EFILM, Panavision, and FilmLA.

Ahn is an alum of Film Independent’s Project Involve and has promoted diversity in the arts by mentoring youth filmmakers through programs like Pacific Arts Movement’s Reel Voices and Outfest’s OutSet. He graduated from Brown University and received an MFA in Film Directing from CalArts.



The Vang Brothers (Burlee & Abel Vang) are a writing/directing duo. They are California born and bred, raised in the searing heat of Fresno, and are oldest children of Hmong political refugees from Laos. Despite their two-year difference, they are often mistaken as identical twins. Maybe their likeness has something to do with the two of them getting haircuts at the same barbershop, shopping at the same stores, and having held the same jobs at the same places for the last decade. On occasion, family members still confuse them with one another.

Burlee is an award-winning author and poet. His books include The Dead I Know: Incantation for Rebirth (Swan Scythe Press, 2010) and How Do I Begin? A Hmong American Literary Anthology (Heyday, 2011). His writing has also appeared in many reputable literary journals and anthologies. Abel worked on Clint Eastwood’s GRAN TORINO as a voice actor, an assistant to casting, and as a 2nd Unit on the exclusive Blu-ray documentary GRAN TORINO: NEXT DOOR. He worked as a script consultant for Oscar-winner, Lynne Littman (NUMBER OUR DAYS, 1976), on her screenplay adaptation of Anne Fadiman’s National Book Critics Circle Award Winner (1997), THE SPIRIT CATCHES YOU and YOU FALL DOWN.

In 2011, the brothers won the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science 2011 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting for their war-drama screenplay, THE TIGER’S CHILD. Burlee holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from California State University, Fresno and a BA in English from the University of California, Davis. Abel holds an MFA in Cinema & Television Production from USC and a BS in Biology from California State University, Fresno.

danlineDan Lin is the CEO of Lin Pictures, a next-generation production company with a deal at Warner Bros. in both film and television. The company has 4 different divisions – live-action feature films, LEGO animated films, television production, and Creative Salons. Its offices are based at the Bricksburg Chamber of Commerce in Hollywood, CA.