Get to know the individuals that volunteer their time, expertise and love of Asian cinema to put together the festival every year!
 

AMY LEE YOON
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Amy became the Executive Director of the Asian Film Festival of Dallas in 2016. She joined the AFFD board in 2014 as Director of Finance. She studied Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and has always been interested in Asian culture and history. She has loved films as long as she can remember; the way they can transport you to a different time and place, and move you intellectually and emotionally. AFFD brings her two interests together in a perfect way.

Amy has also earned a Masters in Accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas and an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington. She works as a Controller for a manufacturing company in Carrollton, Texas.

ALICIA CHANG
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Alicia Chang is the Director of Marketing for AFFD. She previously served as executive director of AFFD from 2010-2015. By day, Alicia works as a Client Services Supervisor for a diversity advertising agency. She is passionate about expanding the arts community in Dallas and is proud to be part of AFFD.

CECILIA LAI
LEGAL ADVISOR

Asian cinema has always played a major role in Cecilia’s life.  Cecilia was always excited to see the latest and greatest period flicks and to taking trips to the Chinese video store to pick up the newest releases from Hong Kong, and she still remembers the time she watched China’s Last Emperor on the big screen here in Dallas (which was a very long time ago).   Because she was so engrossed with Chinese films, she didn’t even speak English until pre-school despite being born in Texas!

Cecilia has come a long way since her pre-school days.  Now, she is the legal advisor for AFFD, which is a harmonizing fit with Cecilia’s law practice that is focused on Entertainment Law.  As the legal advisor, Cecilia counsels the AFFD Board in matters relating to non-profit compliance, intellectual property rights, and other legal issues that may arise from AFFD’s activities.  To mix things up a bit and make her role on the board more fun, Cecilia also helps with the event (read PARTY) planning part of the festival.

In “real life,” Cecilia is licensed to practice law in Texas and her work includes advising and counseling or negotiating deals and contracts for individuals or entities involved in the entertainment industries, namely music, film, television, and new media (among other subjects).  Cecilia has also studied Intellectual Property Law in China and worked as a Legal Extern in Hong Kong.  Through her participation with AFFD, Cecilia is able to bridge together local talent with an audience that appreciates art, culture, film, and music offered in Dallas.  

DAVID GIBSON
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING & OPERATIONS

David Gibson is the Director of Operations and Programmer for the Asian Film Festival of Dallas.  He joined the festival in 2004 as a volunteer, and has been a part of the Board of Directors since 2010.  He has worked in various roles within the festival such as Membership Director and Short Film Programmer.   When David is not directing AFFD, he is working full time as a Sr. Manager of National Account at McKesson Corp, the largest Pharmaceutical Wholesaler in the world.  David has been with McKesson since 2000 and his current role involves managing agreement compliance for a $9 billion Group Purchasing Organization. 

FRANKEY DEY
INDUSTRY LIAISON

Frankey Dey is an award-winning producer, director, and cinematographer with a colossal affection for evocative visuals and inspirational stories. His work spans from compelling videos and publications to broadcast commercials and distinguished feature films. He is a member of the Dallas Producers Association, Film Independent, and The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror Films. In addition to his endeavors- he is also a consultant, photographer, avid cook, and enjoys philanthropic endeavors & motivational speaking.

JENNY SKINNER
DIRECTOR OF SPONSORSHIP

Jenny has always loved film and how it can connect people from all backgrounds.  She has always had a fondness for foreign/cultural films and how they can educate and resonate with people's' perceptions about each other.  Her passion for sharing the many aspects of the film industry evolved when she was in college serving on the executive board for the Texas Film Festival, the largest student-run independent film festival in the U.S.

She hopes to use her passion and energy for film to continue building the foundation of the organization and bringing people together.  A Dallas local, she hopes to help develop AFFD into a long standing community icon.

KATHLEEN FORREST
DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP

Kathleen Forrest is the Public Engagement Coordinator at the Arts Council of Fort Worth, where she manages community outreach, events, and education for the City of Fort Worth’s Public Art program. Before the Arts Council, she spent three years at the Crow Collection of Asian Art in membership and marketing. She received a B.A. in Art History from the University of Texas in Arlington. 

KATIE GIMENEZ
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH

The daughter of an avid film fan with little regard for the concept of "kid-friendly", Katie developed a love of independent and foreign film at an early age. She has fond memories of family movie nights featuring films like Shall We Dance - no, not the one with Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere! Katie's favorite time of year is the week of AFFD, aka Family Movie Week, where she gets to spend countless hours watching great Asian films with her dad and sister. 

Katie caught the film festival bug through positions with Dallas Video Festival and USA Film Festival. By day, she serves as Director of Programs and Communications for the Plano Chamber of Commerce. Katie is also an active volunteer with Junior League of Collin County and Plano Children's Theatre.

PAUL THEISS
DIRECTORY OF PROGRAMMING – ASSOCIATE

Long a fan of cinema in general, Paul fell in love with Asian cinema with the films of Kenji Mizoguchi and Yasujirō Ozu. He moved from there to contemporary films by the likes of Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Wong Kar-wai. More than a decade later he's still trying to figure out what happened in The Puppetmaster.

Attending a rare screening of Mizoguchi's The Water Magician still ranks as one of Paul's favorite film experiences. So he's excited to be selecting AFFD’s repertory screenings of classic Asian films.

During business hours, Paul works as a lawyer for AT&T. He has a lovely wife, daughter, and son.

THOMAS SCHUBERT
DIRECTOR OF VOLUNTEERS AND EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT

Tommy will never forget the day he wondered into the back of that comic book store in college.  He didn’t really know why the store had a huge collection of anime and kung fu movies and he sure as heck wasn’t going to question why they rented for only $2 for a whole weekend.  Imagine the look you might see on a kid’s face who’s experiencing Christmas for the first time.  The same look would grace his face for the next four years every time he entered that store. There was just something about Asian cinema.  Something that spoke to him.  When he got the opportunity to work as a board member for the biggest Asian film festival in the southwest he couldn’t say anything but “yes”.  Enthusiastically.

During the festival he wears a lot of hats.  He’s the Festival Liaison.  That means he’s all over the city making sure AFFD has a good relationship with the other festivals in town.  He’s the Volunteer Coordinator.  That means he’s out looking for and organizing all the wonderful people that help us out during the festival and make us look so good.  He’s the Education Coordinator.  That means he’s communicating with other film educators all over town and making sure their students get the opportunity to be a part of AFFD each year.  And finally he’s the On-Site Operations Director.  That means he’s the guy to go to if you have any problem at the festival itself.  He’ll be at the table.  Like always.

In his real life he has been working at Garland High School as the film teacher for the last eleven years.  Since he’s been at GHS he’s done everything in his power to get more and more opportunities for his kids and to get them experience in the Dallas film community at large.  It’s one of those jobs that’s a bit all-consuming.

When he’s not wrangling children, critiquing student films or answering volunteer emails he can usually be found at home.  It’s here he’s created his own nerd-mecca.  Reading comics, watching movies, playing video games, and enjoying Dungeons and Dragons with his friends are just some of the things on his list of favorite activities.  Rule of thumb: If it’s nerdy in any way, he probably does it with some regularity.

SHAWN SREEDHARAN
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & PRINT TRAFFIC

Hello there. I'm Shawn!
Associated with the festival since its second year.
Recommended by 10 out of 10 AFFD board members.
Makes sure films are paid, gets to the theatre, and playing on the screen.
Stunt double for any shadow.
Through AFFD, lending a hand to any filmmaker, actor/actress to help realize their dream.
Likes photography but trying to find the creative mode.
Always spreading the word about AFFD!
Nice guy to boot.
To be continued...