2017 VIP Celebrity Guests
2017 Celebrity Emcees
Mike Bow is an Asian-American actor and Youtuber with a pop culture and reaction video channel titled MikeBowShow who also became a host for the Asian Pacific American culture and entertainment channel ISAtv. He is also known for his role in The Maze Runner, Pretty Dudes: How We Break, and Yellow Fever 2. He recently landed a part in the 2017 film A K-POP Project.
Siena & Toast is a band comprised of the duo, Siena Lee-Tajiri and Toast Tajiri. They were formerly known as MAKENA, a Hawaiian word meaning “abundance.” Their homemade recordings caught the attention of a Grammy-winning indy label who signed them to a record deal. Their first album was called Makena and was released in 2007 which won Hawaii Music Award recognition as “Folk Album of the Year.” Siena & Toast is currently recording a dozen original songs to be released digitally as singles.
2017 Celebrity Guests
Aaron Takahashi is a comedic actor, improviser, and sketch writer/performer. He was an instructor and core performing member of the Asian American improv group Cold Tofu, and has written and performed sketch comedy at ACME Comedy Theatre in Hollywood. Aaron has appeared in over 60 national commercials. After first appearing on the big screen in Justin Lin’s critically acclaimed film Better Luck Tomorrow, he has had a major supporting role in a number of feature films, including Yes Man alongside Jim Carrey, and The Wedding Ringer alongside Kevin Hart. Among his many television credits, Aaron currently has a recurring character on the critically acclaimed USA Network show “Mr. Robot.”
With almost 170 television and film credits, Amy Hill is currently a regular on Amazon Prime’s JUST ADD MAGIC, recurring on Season 2 of AMC’s PREACHER, the CW’s CRAZY EX GIRLFRIEND and CBS’s MOM. CATFIGHT and SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING are her most current films.
Dante Basco is an actor whose career spans over 3 decades, known for iconic characters Rufio from Steven Spielberg’s “Hook” to Prince Zuko in Nickelodeon’s “Avatar: The Last Airbender. He also is the co-founder of “both, DPL- Da Poetry Lounge,” the largest weekly spoken word venue in the world and #WeOwnThe8th, an Asian American arts collective leading the movement of taking the 8th day every month to spotlight Asian media in America.
James will be returning to the stage in the fall, in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of WILD GOOSE DREAMS directed by Leigh Silverman (2016 TONY nominee). He is currently filming the comedy feature WALK to VEGAS, and recently wrapped the feature BANANA SEASON, where he had to train as a Mixed Martial Arts fighter for six weeks. He will be starring in the romantic comedy ANOTHER TIME, alongside Justin Hartley and Arielle Kebbel.
James is an ambassador for the international non-profit Good Neighbors and their Water for Life campaign, as well as the Creative Coalition and their Arts Education program. His passion is to create media that promotes wellness, fitness, and consciousness.
Lanny Joon is a Korean-American actor, known for his roles on Lost as Dr. Bae, and as a Vice Cop in the feature film Takers, Agent Cole in Black Gold, as well as Saeng in Michael Kang’s West 32nd alongside John Cho, Grace Park, and Jun-seong Kim. Joon also stars as the protagonist “John” in Daniel DPD Park’s “Ktown Cowboys,” which won Best Feature Film at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. He recently played the role of JD in Edgar Wright’s film Baby Driver.
Leonardo Nam can currently be seen as lab technician Felix Lutz on the critically acclaimed, award winning HBO series “Westworld.”
Born in Argentina to Korean immigrant parents and raised in Sydney, Australia, Nam studied architecture at the University of New South Wales, before deciding to move to New York City at the age of 19 to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. Whilst in new York, he worked with the New York Public Theater/Shakespeare in the Park company. His breakout role came in the Paramount comedy “The Perfect Score” he then went on to star in a string of movies, namely “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” 1 & 2, “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” “Vantage Point,” & “He’s Just Not That Into You.”
Michelle Krusiec was nominated for Best Actress in the Taipei Golden Horse festival, the Chinese language Oscar, for her starring role in “Saving Face.” She currently recurs on “Hawaii 5-0” and Shooter. She recently appeared in the film “The Invitation” directed by Karyn Kusama.
Susan Hirasuna is an award winning broadcaster on KTTV Fox 11. Since 2011, she has also co-hosted the weekend edition of Studio 11 LA. Hirasuna also showcases her inner-true foodie in her series, See Susan’s Secret, where she spotlighted the talents of well-known bartenders and celebrity chefs.
In the course of her career at Fox 11, she has anchored live coverage of earthquakes, wild fires and police pursuits. Her work has garnered Golden Mikes from the Radio TV News Association and an Emmy and Emmy nominations for her half hour specials for Asian Pacific Heritage Month. She also received Emmy nominations for feature reporting, team coverage of the Metrolink crash, Outstanding Evening Newscast and a nomination in Boston for Best Anchoring.
Tanuj Chopra’s first feature film PUNCHING AT THE SUN about South Asian teenagers coming of age in Elmhurst, Queens premiered at Sundance, Tribeca and won the grand jury prize at the San Francisco International Asian American Film festival. Variety called the fiery debut “a display of talent that’s distinctive, original and iconoclastic.”
Tanuj’s recent award winning feature films GRASS and CHEE AND T were both acquired by genre leader Comedy Dynamics and will be released in the fall of ’17. He holds a BA in Art Semiotics from Brown University and an MFA in film direction from Columbia University where he was awarded the Dean’s Fellowship.
He’s currently part of the Fox director’s lab and developing new material.