Connie M. Florez, producer, is the founder/CEO of Hula Girl Productions LLC since 2001. As an indigenous filmmaker Connie's projects have included international award-winning narratives, documentaries and television projects. Recent films include Waikiki and 38 Minutes (release 2020).
Josh Kim is a Korean-American filmmaker whose debut feature, How to Win at Checkers (Every Time), premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2015. The Thai-language film won over 21 jury and audience awards and became the country's official entry to the Academy Awards and Golden Globes for Best Foreign Language Film. He is currently developing the Chinese-language adaptation of the Hugo Award-winning story, Folding Beijing. He is a graduate of the Creative Lab Hawai'i - Writers Immersive.
Hawaii’s Brian Kohne is an award-winning music producer (Barefoot Natives, Willie K) and indie writer/director/producer (Get A Job, Kuleana - Maui). A graduate of San Jose State with degrees in Art and Radio/TV/Film, he returned in '05 from Silicon Valley having excelled as a national director of sales and marketing, corporate video production, sports broadcasting, and senior user interface architect for an interactive television corp. Kohne is principal of Hawaii Cinema Inc. and leads the Academy for Creative Media Maui as program coordinator for University of Hawai'i Maui College. He is a graduate of the Creative Lab Hawai'i - Writers Immersive.
Shih-Ching Tsou is a NY-based producer, director, multiple Independent Spirit Award & Gotham Independent Film Award nominee.
She co-wrote, co-directed, and produced Take Out with Sean Baker, produced Baker’s films Starlet and Tangerine. Most recently, she produced The Florida Project, which premiered in the 2017 Directors Fortnight at The Cannes Film Festival, released by A24. Currently working on her directorial debut: Left-Handed Girl, a family drama set in a night market in Taipei, Taiwan