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.


Congratulations to the 2015 Graduating Class of the CAPE New Writers Fellowship!

Congratulations to the 2015 CAPE Fellows Tiffany Shaw HoTeresa HuangBo Yeon Kim & Erika LippoldtKevin LauEliza LeeEugene RamosMarisa Tam, and Julie Wong on their successful completion of the CAPE New Writers Fellowship!

On April 7, 2015 at a ceremony held at Ca’Del Sole, North Hollywood… (Please see full press release).

The Fellows each received a $1,000 cash stipend, a copy of the latest Final Draft screenwriting software, and a CNWF certificate of completion.

Congratulations Fellows! We are so proud of you!

2015 CNWF Graduation Group Photo Funny


CAPE Welcomes New Executive Director Michelle K. Sugihara

Michelle SugiharaAfter a thorough nationwide search, CAPE’s Board of Directors is excited to announce the appointment of Michelle K. Sugihara as the new Executive Director.

“We’re thrilled that Michelle has joined the CAPE team as an integral part of our organization,” said Wenda Fong, CAPE Co-Founder and Interim Executive Director. “Michelle’s non-profit experience, strong community ties and legal background make her well-positioned to lead CAPE and take us to the next level. Her ability to address issues both analytically and creatively will serve her well as Executive Director.”

As Executive Director, Michelle will lead the organization and advance CAPE’s mission of “championing diversity by educating, connecting and empowering AAPI artists and leaders in entertainment and media” by focusing on fundraising, programming, strategic growth and operations.

Join Michelle at her first CAPE event, tonight’s 2015 CNWF Graduation & Networking Mixer and help her celebrate the 2015 Fellows and their incredible achievement. Meet Michelle, the Fellows, and CAPE’s Board of Directors tonight!

Learn more about Michelle here.


CAPE Congratulates

Jamie Chung Resident AdvisorsElizabeth Banks and husband Max Handelman executive produce RESIDENT ADVISORS, a new comedy starring Jamie Chung, follows a corps of resident advisors at a fictional college herding and navigating a dorm of hormonal freshmen roughly their same age.

Paramount Digital Entertainment premiered the first two episodes at the Sherry Lansing Theater on  the Paramount lot on Tuesday night.

Vanessa Hudgens

Presenting Vanessa Hudgens on Broadway!

The 26-year-old actress made her big stage debut this week in the first preview performance of a revival of the romantic musical comedy Gigi, now playing at the Neil Simon Theatre. She plays the title character. The show is set to open officially on April 8.




Masi Oka Heroes

Masi Oka is set to reprise his role as wide-eyed time/space jumper Hiro Nakamura on “Heroes Reborn”. Oka joins fellow “Heroes” alum Jack Coleman, who is reprising his role as Noah Bennet. Coleman is a lead in the event series alongside new addition Zachary Levi.




Theresa WonTheresa Won was recently promoted to Director, Production & Acquisitions at Myriad Pictures from her previous role as Manager.


Congratulations to all!

Ovation Digital Arts Names Stephen Dypiangco as New Vice President

Stephen DypiangcoCongratulations to Stephen Dypiangco! Ovation Digital Arts has named him their new Vice President and he will oversee Ovation Digital Arts’s day-to-day operations.

Ovation Digital Arts links selected YouTube creators and artists with the network’s programming and reach, which now includes 54 million homes. The business unit will help its members grow their brands and businesses through exposure on Ovation TV and assist with audience development efforts. In turn, the Digital Arts platform can serve as a source of programming development.

Dypiangco, filmmaker and former YouTube Nation channel manager, was also co-founder and general manager of National Film Society, a PBS Digital Studios MCN, as well as a longtime CAPE Member.


CAPE Advisor John Woo to Direct MANHUNT


CAPE Advisor John Woo will mark his directorial return to the action thriller arena with a remake of the classic Japanese movie MANHUNT, which revolves around a man framed for multiple murders and pursued by police while he tries to clear his name.

The movie will be produced by Media Asia and will begin shooting this year.


CAPE Congratulates

Paul Cabana

Paul Cabana is the new EVP and head of programming for History and H2. He was previously SVP and Head of Programming for H2.

As head of programming for H2, Cabana helped it become the number one emerging ad-supported cable network.



Shelley Ong


LA-based agency Enso tapped Shelley Ong to serve in the newly created position of Brand Impact Lead.  Prior to joining Enso, Ong led the masterbrand division for Samsung Global at Leo Burnett.


CAPE Congratulates the 2015 SXSW Film Festival Jury and Special Awards Winners

SXSW announced its 2015 Film Festival Jury and Special Awards winners.

Here’s a partial list of the award recipients (in no particular order):



Feature Film Jury Awards
Special Jury Recognition for Editing: “Twinsters”
Directors: Samantha Futerman, Ryan Miyamoto (pictured on the left)







Short Film Jury Awards
Special Jury Recognition: DJ Snake featuring Lil’ Jon – “Turn Down for What”
Director: Daniels:  Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan (pictured on the right)




Yen TanSXSW Film Design Awards
Excellence in Poster Design
Winner: “Manson Family Vacation”
Designer: Yen Tan




See the complete list here. Congratulations to all!


CAPE Congratulates Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i at CBS!

Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i

Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Entertainment Diversity & Communications, at CBS Entertainment.

In her new role, Smith-Anoa’i will expand the division’s diversity initiatives and develop new programs to recruit, nurture and hire a broad array of talent to work in front of and behind the camera.

Smith-Anoa’i was appointed Vice President, Entertainment Diversity & Communications in 2009. Since then, she created and launched “CBS On Tour,” a community outreach program, expanded the writer selection process for “The CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase,” implemented an annual diversity symposium for casting directors, partnered with GLAAD to host learning workshops and teamed up with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to encourage roles for women in front of and behind the camera.

Smith-Anoa’i has been a wonderful partner and ally to CAPE and a positive force for the community. Congratulations Tiffany!


CAPE Congratulates

Meeta AgrawalMeeta Agrawal has been named Deputy Editor at Entertainment Weekly. She was promoted from Executive Editor, the role she’s held since April of last year.




Bernadette SimpaoBernadette Simpao was named Vice President, Corporate Communications at AMC Networks, based in New York.

Simpao was most recently at Viacom, where she spent 10 years in various communication roles, most recently as senior director of communications for Viacom International Media Networks.


Grace Yi was promoted from assistant to Junior Publicist at Relevant PR.

Congratulations to all!