Gina Kim’s five feature-length films and works of video art have screened at more than 100 prestigious international film festivals and venues including Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, San Sebastian, Sundance and Venice, as well as such arts venues as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Her work has been theatrically released to critical acclaim in Europe, Asia and the United States. According to Variety, “Kim’s highly sensitive camera turns the film into a chamber-piece hushed eroticism and surprising narrative grip.” Le Figaro said, “Kim is a fearless feminist who conceals an extreme sensitivity.” In 2018, The Hollywood Reporter selected Kim as one of “5 South Korean Talents to Watch” noting Kim’s pioneering efforts in Asian cinema.
Invisible Light (2003), hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a “deeply introspective and accomplished art film,” was selected by Film Comment as one of the 10 best films of 2003.
Never Forever (2007), starring Jung-woo Ha and Vera Farmiga, was the first co-production between the United States and South Korea. Kim was subsequently nominated in the Best New Director category at the Motion Picture Association of Korea’s Daejong Film Awards (the Korean equivalent of the Academy Awards) and was awarded the Jury prize at the 2007 Deauville American Film Festival.
Faces of Seoul (2009) premiered at the 66th annual Venice Film Festival, where Kim also served as a jury member. In 2018, Kim and L’Atelier des Cahiers published Seoul, Visages d’une Ville, a trilingual multimedia photo book essay based on the documentary.
In 2016, Final Recipe was wide-released in China in more than 3,240 theaters. The Hollywood Reporter noted how the director “conjures a non-exotic piece out of a territory-trotting narrative, where every place is made to seem like home.” Prior to its release, Final Recipe was selected as the opening film in the Culinary Cinema sections of the Berlin and San Sebastian international film festivals.
Kim’s latest work is the virtual reality short Bloodless (2017). Based on a true story, Bloodless transforms the controversial issue of crimes by U.S. military personnel stationed in South Korea into a personal and emotional experience. Bloodless received Best VR awards at Venice International Film Festival, Thessaloniki International Film Festival and Bogotá Short Film Festival. Filmmaker Magazine also featured Bloodless as the Best VR Storytelling of 2017.
Kim is widely recognized as an innovative instructor. She has taught at Harvard University, where in 2014 she received a Certificate of Teaching Excellence, and has conducted master classes around the world. In 2018, Variety listed Kim as one of the “Top Teachers in Film, TV” noting Kim’s “keen understanding of the future of entertainment technology.”
Eric F. Martin
Eric Martin is a filmmaker originally from Northern California. His work as a producer includes “Mudbloods,” a feature documentary about real-life Quidditch players, coming to theaters in Fall 2014. His short film, “Fran’s Daughter,” premiered at SXSW in 2011, going on to play numerous other festivals around the world, and can now be seen on the website Short of the Week. Together with collaborator Kyle Laursen, Martin co-directed the feature film “Acting Like Adults,” which premiered at the Cinequest film festival earlier this year, and is slated for distribution early next year. Martin received his bachelor of arts degree from UC Berkeley and his master of arts degree from the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television.
Charles Haid is a producer, director and actor with more than 40 years of experience in the entertainment industry.
He started his career as an actor, and has performed in such films as “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” “Altered States” and “The Third Miracle,” and such TV series as “Barney Miller” and “The Waltons” but is perhaps best known for his role as
Officer Andy Renko on NBC’s “Hill St. Blues,” a role he played for seven years and which earned him four Emmy nominations. Most recently, he starred in the short film “One Armed Man” based on the Horton Foote story, directed by Tim Guinee.
In 1990 he segued into directing, while still continuing to perform as an actor. His TV directing credits include 10 TV pilots and more than 50 hours of episodic television including “ER,” for which he was an Emmy nominee and a DGA winner; “NYPD Blue” and the pilot of “Murder One” (Emmy and DGA Award nominations). He also directed numerous movies-of-the-week including “The Sally Hemmings Story,” “Buffalo Soldiers” (DGA nomination), “Riders of the Purple Sage” and the Humanitas Prize-winning TV movie “Cooperstown.” More recent credits include HBO’s “Nip/Tuck”; Disney Channel’s “Life Is Ruff”; AMC’s “Breaking Bad”; CBS’ “CSI,” “Criminal Minds” and “The Defenders”; USA’s “In Plain Sight”; TNT’s “The Closer,” and NBC’s “Grimm.” He also directed the Disney feature “Iron Will” and the play Belfast Blues, for which he was an L.A. Drama Critics Award nominee.
Mr. Haid’s producer credits include the TV movie “The Nightman” and TV series “The Court” (for John Wells), “Big Apple” (for David Milch), “Buddy Faro” (for Aaron Spelling), “Threat Matrix” and “High Incident” (for Steven Spielberg), among others. Earlier in his career, he was an associate producer of the original stage production of Godspell.
His documentary producing credits include the Emmy winning “Who are the DeBolts? And Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids?” for ABC, “Children in the Crossfire” (Belfast, Northern Ireland) for NBC, extensive on-the-ground “Katrina (Eye of the Storm)” coverage for the American Red Cross, the short “Wheels for Vietnam” for UCP/Wheels for Humanity, and the comedy special pilot “Locked Up Stand Up.”
Mr. Haid has served on the California Arts Council, is on the board of the California State Summer School for the Arts, and has taught and lectured at Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton University, Stanford University and University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Mr. Haid is a Vietnam vet and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Arts.
George Gary is a lecturer in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media where he teaches courses on screenwriting and directing.
He has written numerous produced screenplays including the animated Goglo 13, Wild Orchid 2, Love Is Like That, Home and Tomb.
He has received numerous awards including the AFI Video Award, the Jack Nicholson Award for Screenwriting, the Philips Award for Screenwriting and the 2011 Best Script Award from Amazon Studios.
Gary received his B.A. in philosophy and psychology from Vanderbilt University and his M.F.A. from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.