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Our members include actors, writers and directors unified by a single vision: Bring more Asian American talent to the forefront and promote diversity in filmmaking. Read more about us below.

 



Michael Benzinger,
Co-founder / Actor / Writer

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Raised on Long Island but born in Korea, Michael returned there after college to work as a commercial actor and model, appearing in ads for such major brands as LG, Baskin Robbins and Pizza Hut. His ultimate goal, however, was to pursue acting in the U.S., so he returned to New York and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute and the People’s Improv Theater. The short films he has appeared in have gone on to screen at the Asian American International Film Festival and the Asians on Film Festival. Michael majored in TV and video production at Hofstra University, speaks fluent Korean, and is certified in unarmed stage combat.


Patrick Chang,
Co-founder / Actor

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Patrick’s first brush with acting was as a child, when he won a role in the 3 Billy Goats Gruff—only to have the part later given to a child whose mother would be attending the performance. Perhaps because he felt robbed, it wasn’t until the New Jersey native was an adult that he took some local acting classes upon the suggestion of a co-worker. He went on to study with Seth Barrish at The Barrow Group Theatre Company and Caroline McGee at the New York Film Academy. Patrick has appeared in several of BH2O Productions’ short films, most notably in the lead role of Ron in 3 Minutes. Patrick’s other great passion is fitness and bodybuilding; he hits the gym 6 days a week.


Josh Domingo,
Actor / Writer

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Hailing from Long Beach, California, Josh moved to New York about a year ago from Los Angeles, where he was signed commercially and appeared in several plays, most notably Nilo Cruz's Lorca in a Green Dress at Casa 0101 and the original work The Air We Breathe in collaboration with Great Leap, Inc. Since arriving in NYC he’s appeared in the off-Broadway musical Comfort Women and has acted in several Columbia University thesis films and plays, including Charles Mee's Cafe Le Monde and The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Josh graduated with highest honors from the University of California–Santa Barbara with a BFA in Theatre and a minor in Asian American Studies. When he’s not acting, Josh can be found dancing, winning local karaoke contests, snowboarding, cheering on the Lakers, or with his head buried in a comic book.


Julia Chang,
Writer / Director

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Julia’s love for film and television began at a young age because, like many latchkey Gen X kids, her babysitters were after-school specials and VHS/Betamax tapes from Erol’s Video. Though a journalist by trade, she began making films in 2014 after entering a shootout competition, and has since gone on to make four more short films. Her comedy short 3 Minutes was an official selection of the 2016 Asian American International Film Festival, and Wingman, her entry for YOMYOMYF’s Interpretations 2.0 contest, made it to the Top 15 semifinal round. She is an alumna of Barnard College and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.


John Wu,
Actor / Writer / Director / Editor

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John began acting at the age of 20 after flunking everything else in college (i.e., computer science, calculus, etc.) except for a theatre appreciation class, which eventually led to enrolling in a summer acting program in NYC. He’s since appeared in speaking roles on The Sopranos, Fringe, Mercy, Late Night With Conan O’Brien, and The Onion News Network. John has completed the two-year Meisner program at The William Esper Studio, speaks conversational Japanese and Mandarin, and is a self-taught film editor. He has no other skills that would help him in a life or death situation except, perhaps, hoarding.


David Choi,
Actor 

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David spent the first half of his career as a web developer, Internet entrepreneur and producer of underground dance music events. He got his first taste of filmmaking when he got the opportunity to be a production manager on a feature film and had to replace an actor last minute who couldn’t make it to set. He’s since trained at William Esper Studio, the Actor’s Studio Drama School, and the Moscow Art Theatre School’s Stanislavsky Summer School at Harvard. David is looking forward to making filmmaking his full-time passion.


Shannon Ko,
Writer 

A graduate of Hunter College and the MA program at the London Film School, Shannon has written webseries and short and feature-length scripts for nonprofits and other independent filmmakers. Most recently, Underneath the Grey (Extended Version), a short film he wrote, screened in June 2016 as part of the San Francisco Black Film Festival and in October 2016 as part of the Urban Mediamakers Film Festival. Other scripts he has written have gone on to become finalists in the Asian American Film Lab’s 72 Hour Shootout competition, as well as screened at many other domestic and international film festivals. One of his favorite moments in life is witnessing when his scripts, characters, and the words on the pages take life on set.