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TFCU Talks San Francisco: Owning Your Narrative

TFCU Talks San Francisco: Owning Your Narrative

May 11, 2019

TFCU TALKS SAN FRANCISCO

AMC Kabuki Theatre 3
1881 Post St. San Francisco, CA 94115

TFCU will be hosting its speaker series on Saturday, May 11, 2019 aimed to inspire college students and young professionals to help them realize their full potential and own their narrative. In collaboration with the Center for Asian American Media.

  • Event is FREE!
  • FREE swag bags for the first 50 people that show up

*Seating limited to first 150 attendees with an RSVP. Walk-in Registrations will be available afterwards.
**TFCU Talks x CAAMFest is free to attend. To participate in CAAMFest's other panels, screenings, or showings, tickets must be purchased through their main website.

Registration is free and open to the public. TFCU welcomes people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds.

View our past TFCU Talks.

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Speakers + Performances

Bobby Rubio

Bobby Rubio

Writer/Director

Bobby Rubio graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Animation. He began at Pixar as a story artist in 2007 and has since worked on “Up,” “Brave,” “Inside Out,” and most recently “Incredibles 2.” Before starting at Pixar, Rubio was a comic book artist for his own series “Alcatraz High” and “4 Gun Conclusion,” and drew covers for several Marvel Comics including "Avengers," Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Captain America." He worked at Nickelodeon as an assistant director and storyboard artist on the series “Avatar the Last Airbender" and was a traditional animator at Disney Feature Animation on "Treasure Planet." Bobby Rubio was also the writer and director of the Pixar SparkShort "Float."

Bobby is a Filipino American born and raised in San Diego and is interested in creating stories with characters of diversity. He enjoys sharing his Filipino heritage, starting with his new creator-owned project "Neighborhood Legend."
He film is part of Pixar's Sparkshorts, a new program that allow their animators and artists to showcase their stories on a smaller platform.

Besides his upcoming short film, Rubio is known for his work for Marvel, Incredibles, and storyboarding for Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Diane Paragas

Diane Paragas

Film Director/Producer

Diane Paragas is an award-winning director, editor, cinematographer and producer of commercials, narrative
features and documentaries. She owns and operates Civilian Studios a Brooklyn based production
company. She is most known for her documentary, Brooklyn Boheme, a feature-length documentary about an
African American arts movement that she made in tandem with writer and critic Nelson George featuring
Spike Lee, Chris Rock and Rosie Perez to name a few. After being the first documentary to open the Urbanworld
Film Festival, the film was acquired by Showtime and went on to win the Black Reel Award for
Best Documentary.

Paragas just completed a narrative feature film, Yellow Rose, about an undocumented Filipino-American
teen pursuing a dream to become a country music singer. The film won the Cinematografo Originals
Grant and the NYWIFT Ravenal Production Grant.

She is also in pre-production for a bold feature documentary about a wrongfully convicted illegal immigrant
called “The Three Lives of David Wong” that uses puppetry to tell its story which was selected for
the Sundance Creative Producing Labs and won a prestigious Bertha Foundation Grant.

Eugene Kim

Eugene Kim

Film Director/Producer

After writing and directing a number of award-winning shorts while studying film at San Jose State University, Eugene Kim went on to write and direct his first narrative feature, Liquor Store Cactus, which world premiered at the Pusan International Film Festival in the summer of 2009.

In 2010, Eugene began work on his second feature film, Gooberland. Gooberland is a film that exhibits the hardships of being a struggling musician in the Bay Area. Gooberland examines the hopes and dreams that seem to fuel our current generation, as well as dissecting the adversity of contemporary relationships.

Eugene tends to display the honest hardships of everyday living through his writing. Most of his writing derives from the places that he's been, the situations that he's seen, and the people he's crossed paths with.

As a filmmaker, Eugene wishes to make honest films that will resonate with those willing to watch.

Justin Tipping

Justin Tipping

TV/Film Director

Justin Tipping is a second generation Filipino American writer/director from El Cerrito, CA. Justin's critically acclaimed debut feature film, KICKS, had its world premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. KICKS was produced by Animal Kingdom (Short Term 12, It Follows) with distribution by Focus Features and Universal International. Most recently Tipping has directed episodes of television for Showtime’s BLACK MONDAY, THE CHI, and Netflix’s DEAR WHITE PEOPLE. He also directed the pilot for Lena Waithe’s upcoming half hour comedy, TWENTIES with BET, and is developing television with Showtime and FX. He is currently in development to write and direct an untitled project with Macro (Sorry to Bother You, Mudbound) for Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali, and the Valiant Comic, HARBINGER, with Original Film (The Fast and the Furious, 21 Jump Street). As a writer he’s written for Showtime, Gaumont Television, FX, Universal, TriStar, Sony, and Columbia Pictures. Tipping also co-produced the film LOWRIDERS for Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, and Imagine Entertainment. He holds an MFA in Directing from the American Film Institute Conservatory where his thesis film, NANI, won the 2012 Student Academy Award, DGA Best Asian American Student Filmmaker award, and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Golden Reel Award after its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival that same year.

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