The WOMEN IN FILM INTERNATIONAL (WIFI) COMMITTEE WITH THE KOREAN CULTURAL CENTER LOS ANGELES, The KOREAN FILM COUNCIL, AND NYX COSMETICS PRESENT
“A NIGHT TO CELEBRATE: SHORT FILMS BY KOREAN FILMMAKERS”
Performers and Artists Line Up
JULLY LEE, our Mistress of Ceremonies, is an instructor and core performing member of Cold Tofu Improv, the nation’s premier Asian-American comedy improv and sketch troupe. She began her career performing improv and sketch comedy and is currently serving as an adjunct professor of the musical theatre department of Bethesda Christian University in Anaheim. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jully speaks conversational Korean and Spanish, and is involved in a number of organizations which focus on promoting diversity throughout the community through education and performance. In addition to Cold Tofu Improv, Jully is a member of the Company of Angels, the oldest non-profit theatre organization in Los Angeles, and We Tell Stories, a children’s theatre organization dedicated to arts education in Southern California communities.
Youngmi Kim was born in a small county in South Korea. She is a graduate of Hongik University in Korea, and Stuttgart Kunstakademie, in Germany where she studied ceramics. Through her art she expresses the joy, sadness, rage, and love of man. Youngmi teaches ceramics and pottery-making to adults and children in her Los Angeles studio, in Koreatown.
Yoonjae Kwon, has an infinite interest in ceramics. He was born in Seoul and studied Korean literature and South Korea's culture and tradition of ceramics at Kawang Rung University. He has worked as a ceramic artist in Korea and the United States since 1986.
Lorraine Nam, a Korean-American, cuts, slashes, and dissects paper to create intricate cut paper images. She was born in Philadelphia as the oldest of three. With a passion and a drive for the arts, Lorraine attended the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) for illustration. She currently resides in Brooklyn as a freelance illustrator. Her Korean name is Nam Seul Gee and her website is www.lorrainenam.com.
John Park is an artist and teacher living in Los Angeles CA. He received his training at the Rhode Island School of Design where he studied classical drawing, painting, sculpture and anatomy. His current series of work is an attempt at combining these classical influences with the more urban aesthetics of the New Contemporary art movement. The paintings are executed in a live public setting throughout various galleries, clubs and events around southern California. He teaches drawing and painting at Concord High School in Santa Monica, he has three cats and one tree.
Master Fruit & Vegetable Carver/Decoration Specialist Jennifer Park/Myung Soon Park will carve fruits and vegetables to make eyecatching table arrangements that can be used for parties, weddings, birthdays and any occasion. Visit www.fruitdecousa.com for more details.
The Freedom Sounds Korean Poongmul Drumming Collective has been around since 2006 and is made up of mostly women and progressive Korean/Korean-American activists. They practice Korean poongmul drumming from Pilbong village (North Cheolla Province area) tradition.
Ko's Korean Traditional Dance Institute was founded by Ko Sue Hee, director, teacher, and performer. Sue Hee Ko has been dancing for more than 35 years and has been running her dance studio for over two decades. She has studied and learned from famous dancers in Korea also known as National Treasures. Our purpose here at Ko's Korean Dance Institute is to share the Korean culture visually--through dance and the beautifully layered costumes and instruments. The dance studio has evolved and improved over the years and now not only teaching Korean Traditional dance, but also dances such as hip hop, tap dance, ballet, line dancing, and sports aerobics. Recently, Ko's Korean Dance group went on tour with famous pop star, Shakira, playing the traditional Korean Three-Headed Drum Dance for the song "Did It Again". The group has performed for shows such as Dancing With The Stars, Saturday Night Live, and traveled to Europe for The X Factor, The Bambi Awards, and The MTV Music Awards. CLICK HERE to see a youtube video of their performance with Shakira.
Yerak was established in 2009 by young musicians with a unique concept of Korean traditional inspired cross-over World music. They have had very successful concerts at LACMA, UCLA Fowler Museum, Ford Amphitheater and Levitt Pavilion and KCCLA. For this perfomance Yerak is broadening their horizons by adding Japanese instruments into their arrangements.